Here are the things I liked and disliked from both teams, coaches, and officials from Sunday’s game in Buffalo:
- Sammy Watkins’ double move – Watkins made a nice double move to get a step on the defender, then let his speed do the rest to catch a perfectly thrown 44 yard touchdown
- Stephon Gilmore at the goal line – What a big time play by getting in great position to break up a touchdown that would have cut the Buffalo lead to five before half.
- Jerry Hughes strip sack – Incredibly athletic play by Hughes to not just strip the ball but recover it with one hand while falling to the turf with Tannehill.
- Jarvis Landry – An all around outstanding player and athlete, it showed again in this game. How was LSU’s offense stopped with him, Odell Beckham, Jeremy Hill, and Zach Mettenberger.
- Richie Incognito run blocking – A few times long runs were sprung by beautiful kick out blocks by Incognito. The Bills took a chance on him and it looks to be paying off.
- Ndamukong Suh’s attitude – He seems to have learned his lesson from all of the fines, having two chances to really take a shot at Tyrod Taylor, but instead pulling up which led to him missing out on a sack one time, but he needs to play with discipline.
- Tyrod Taylor’s legs – Taylor converted two big 3rd downs by using his legs in the first quarter, he kept his eyes downfield, then took the easy way to the first down marker.
- Buffalo play calling – A flea flicker on 2nd and 3 when the run was unstoppable, really? A designed option to the short side of the field on 3rd and 5 when Taylor just picked up two first downs by running on designed pass plays?
- Missed holding call – For once this year the refs cut the Bills a break by missing an obvious holding call that allowed Taylor to throw deep for a touchdown to Watkins, poor officiating.
- LeSean McCoy yelling at Suh – Suh simply tackled McCoy, who was injured but had enough energy to get up and yell at Suh, who made a perfectly clean tackle on the play, nothing dirty about it.
- Buffalo Linebackers in space – Again a team put a running back 1 on 1 in the open field with a Buffalo linebacker, and the running back won by breaking off for a big gain. Think back to Rashad Jennings and the Giants, it has become common.
- Leodis McKelvin – Rough game in his return to the playing field. McKelvin was beaten by a double move, and almost gave up a touchdown if not for a poor throw by Tannehill.
- Bill defensive line – Again struggling to get pressure, some of it due to quick throws, but mostly due to the simple fact that without blitzing there is no penetration from this unit.
- Thursday Games – Really tough to game plan and get ready for another huge divisional game when you only have three full days to do it. Luckily for Buffalo the Jets are dealing with the same problem.