Boy, has that been the case through four weeks.
Clay was stellar once again this past Sunday. The tight end caught five passes for a season-high 112 yards. He even came in as Pro Football Focus’ top tight end for the week, with an 89.5.
Clay forced three missed tackles, and his 5.33 yards per route run led all tight ends in Week 4, according to PFF.
With the injury to Jordan Matthews, Clay will become an even bigger focal point in the Bills’ passing game. At this point, Clay, Taylor and LeSean McCoy are Buffalo’s only consistent offensive weapons.
Micah Hyde came up huge for the Bills time and time again this past Sunday.
With two interceptions, he was a star for what has been an impressive secondary this season. In fact, Hyde had the second-highest grade for the Bills, behind only Clay, in their win against the Falcons. He scored an 87.
"“We like going places being the underdog, having that underdog role. We know what we have to do week in and week out to get wins and stay focused,” Hyde said on PFT Live recently, via Pro Football Talk. “We’re going to be counted out plenty more times this year and that’s not going to change our mindset of what we’ve got to do going into the game.”"
Hyde’s three interceptions at the quarter-mark has him tied for the league lead.
When the offense has sputtered out just short of the end zone, Steven Hauschka has continued to bail his team out. This includes against the Falcons.
Hauschka kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 56 and 55 yards to both ice Atlanta and secure his second straight AFC Special Teams Play of the Week honor. He became the first Bill to do so.
"“It feels great,” Hauschka said, via BuffaloBills.com. “This is what I prepared for all offseason. All training camp this is where the work pays off. Just to have that mental focus, that endurance, those great leg swings. That’s what it’s all about.”"
The Bills kicker has now made 11 straight 50 yarders dating back to last season when he was with the Seattle Seahawks.
If the Bills were going to take down Matt Ryan and the high-powered Atlanta offense, they were going to need a strong showing from their pass rushers. That’s what they got.
Hughes’ strip sack in the second half proved to be the defining play as TreDavious White scooped up the ball and ran the other way to score.
The talented pass rusher also had a quarterback hit and four hurries. An impressive game against a talented offensive lineman.
"“You’ve seen Jerry Hughes’ play,” Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said, via BuffaloBills.com. “Jerry’s one of the premier pass rushers in our league. It’s smart to pay attention to Jerry Hughes.”"