So, the Buffalo Bills have lost their first game of the 2019 season to the New England Patriots. A game where neither offense could get anything going and was a sloppy show from the kickoff. As a Bills fan, you might not takeaway much more than “oh boy, we lost to the Patriots again” and look forward to a week five match-up against the Tennessee Titans. Though I ask you to pause for a second and really look at the start of this year.
The Bills defense has really been top notch since the start of the season and nobody is talking about it. They’ve held every opponent to under 20 points in each game forcing eight turnovers and allowing just 66 first downs in their first four games. These are quality numbers here. The run defense has been remarkably top tier allowing just 84.25 yards per game with a high of 129 against Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants rushing game.
Sure, the offense has costed them on several occasion with Josh Allen struggling to make the right reads and not force a pass into an interception and Devin Singletary being injured to start the year. But if they stay mistake free versus New England last week and Allen doesn’t throw three interceptions? That’s an easy win as Tom Brady’s offense just couldn’t move the ball downfield. Their only touchdown came off of a blocked punt by JC Jackson that was returned by Pro-Bowler Matthew Slater. That doesn’t happen? The Bills have it at least tied at 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Bills held New England to just 5-18 on third down and kept Brady in check as he only amounted 150 yards through the air with a completion percentage of just 46%. It says something when you keep a legend like Brady under half his passes being completed, as well as not allowing a single TD through the air and actually intercepting him.
Last week was their true test and although coming up short due to lackluster offense, they made it a game all the way to the end shutting down anything that has come their way, four games in they’re the top five of scoring defenses and the second best in yards allowed. There is plenty to love about this team. Players like rookie DT Ed Oliver and Safety Jordan Poyer come to mind, and the flashy young LB Tremaine Edmunds has been stout to begin this year. If they get their offense under control and their defense continues to be lights out, don’t be surprised if they’re making noise for a wild card or even give the Patriots a run for their division title come January.
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