Buffalo played an amazing game against the Cardinals
After last week’s devastating loss to the Jets and the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Buffalo came out and played inspired football early on. The first quarter had both defenses playing well early with the Bills scoring first with a 19-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter. QB Tyrod Taylor had a highlight reel run as he ran 49 yards down the field for the longest QB run in franchise history. A short while later RB LeSean McCoy gashed through the Cardinals defense for a 24-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 10-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
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Buffalo started the second quarter with Tyrod Taylor fumbling the ball on a run, luckily he recovered. On the very next play, Taylor was intercepted by Patrick Peterson on a one-handed pick. The Bills defense was able to hold the Cardinals and on their next possession and started with great field position after a great return. Later on the drive, LeSean McCoy scored on a five yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 17-0 lead with about five minutes before the half. The Cardinals had the ball at the end of the half and marched down the field. After a lengthy drive, RB David Johnson scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown that was initially ruled down at the one. Buffalo leads at the half 17-7.
Buffalo started the second half scoring on their first possession. Tyrod Taylor scored on a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 23-7 lead after they missed the extra point. The Cardinals marched down the field on their first possession, but Buffalo’s defense stopped them. As the Cardinals went for the field goal, the ball was fumbled and recovered by Aaron Williams, who returned the ball 53 yards for a touchdown to take a 30-7 lead. The Cardinals answered by scoring on a 22 yard run by David Johnson. After the touchdown, they went for a two-point conversion but missed. The Bills led 30-13 heading into the 4th quarter.
Arizona started the 4th quarter by scoring a 60-yard field to trim the lead to 30-16. Late in the 4th quarter, Carson Palmer was intercepted by Stephen Gilmore with 6:40 left in the game. On the Bills next possession, they scored on a 45-yard field goal to go up 33-16. The Bills defense stepped up as they picked off Carson Palmer again with about three minutes left in the game. With the Bills trying to run out the clock, they were stopped in the end zone and the Cardinals recorded a safety to make the score 33-18. One the very next possession, Stephen Gilmore picked off Carson Palmer for the third time today.
This was a must win for Buffalo. This is back to back weeks scoring at least 30 points. If they can continue to play this way until they get some defensive players back, they may find themselves in the playoff race after all.
Are the Bills back on track? What do you think Bills fans?