BILLS REVIEW: By George Radney The Bills v. Bucs Heartbreaker

A bright sunshiny day in 83.degree heat felt like 88 and had  Buffalo playing a spirited game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

The Bills defense once again lost containment and the Bucs running back Leonard Fournette ran for a 47yard TD. 

The Bills were  being outplayed on both sides of the ball. The pass rush was  nonexistent and players like AJ Epenesa, Mario Addison, Jerry Hughes, and Greg Rousseau must be held accountable. The front office letting go of tough physical players like Quinton Spain, Jordan Phillips, and rookie offensive lineman Wyatt Teller (regarded as best guard in the game now and highest paid) must also be held accountable – namely Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott.  

Buc’s Leonard Fournette

The Bills regrouped at halftime and fought hard in the second half. Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett: “The Bills

Buc’s Shaq Barrett

confused us by passing out of running formations”. That tells me our offensive coordinator must mix up formations in order not to be so predictable.  Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll must allow the running game to develop and not run QB Josh Allen. Allen left the post-game press conference with his right foot in a boot. This could be some type of an ankle sprain. Allen continues to take what the defense gives you and use wide receiver Gabriel Davis. I think Davis should have been used more against the Buccaneers with his height as there was a mismatch against the Buc’s defender. The Bills defense went to a gambling defense in the second half by blitzing the Bucs and were successful.  The Bills Matt Milano played  a more hybrid middle linebacker position with blitzes and his sack of Tom Brady came at a critical time in the game. 

Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians :  “I personally would not have my QB in harms way as much as Buffalo has theirs.” He’s absolutely right –  an injury is bound to happen when you keep calling his number to run the ball. That’s why you have running backs like Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Brieda who should be getting a bigger workload.  The Bills should be passing off of running formations in order to keep opposing defenses off balance. 

The Bills now must win last four games starting with the Carolina Panthers at High Mark Stadium on Sunday;. Prediction:  They will win 21 -10 then face the New England Patriots on  the first day of Kwanzaa UMOJA (Unity) and that’s what this team will need-  unity-  in order to defeat the Patriots. I see them beating the Pats by forcing Mac Jones to throw more often and creating turnovers in a tough 17-14 win.  

 I also see the Bills beating the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets both at High Mark Stadium 28 – 20 and 35 – 10 respectively clinching a playoff spot.

The  Bills defense must slow down the run game and most importantly get turnovers in order to accomplish this feat. 

Happy Holidays, 

Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! 

See you in 2022!