Buffalo Bills hold on for fun victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 15
The Buffalo Bills trailed at halftime but took the lead late and held it for an exciting victory over the Detroit Lions to improve to 5-9.
The Buffalo Bills didn’t enter today’s matchup trying to fight for a playoff spot.
Nothing but pride was on the line. That may have had some fans not feeling the same excitement for the game against the Detroit Lions.
But if you watch this and aren’t excited, you may need to see a doctor.
Josh Allen hooked up with Robert Foster four times in the 14-13 victory, as the rookie receiver finished with 108 yards and the above touchdown.
It was not a perfect game for the Bills. Luckily, the Lions couldn’t do much on offense either.
Josh Allen once again had an average day through the air, throwing for 204 yards. The good news was that he wasn’t forced to carry the offense on the ground, as Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford combined for 81 rushing yards.
The Bills were without both LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory. However, it’s not like either were blowing fans away this year. So the absences weren’t too notable throughout the day.
The defense held the Lions to 313 yards on offense, while Matt Stafford barely beat out Allen with 208 passing yards. Kenny Golladay had a big day with 146 receiving yards, but someone has to account for the yards. It’s not an issue if one player has a big day as long as he isn’t racking up touchdowns in the process.
This was an interesting game in the sense that a win knocked the Bills down the draft order a bit, but it also resulted in a confidence-building win for a young team led by a rookie quarterback.
I am all in on the team winning and building confidence. We saw last year that the initial draft slot isn’t necessarily where the team will end up picking on the day of the draft. And after so many years of losing, there is nothing better than taking in a win on a Sunday.
The Bills bounced back after some tough losses and did just enough to win. That is the key thing to remember. It won’t always be pretty, but as long as wins are the result that is all that matters.
Playing competitive football with a losing record has seen breakout performances from guys like Foster and Isaiah McKenzie, and both will be fighting for playing time in 2019. Allen will have the whole offseason to work with his young receivers and things should only get better with more time to learn and practice as the starter.
My personal favorite part of the win was when Allen ran the QB sneak to seal the game. Not simply because it won the game, but because Allen walked up to the line with so much confidence. He knew he was getting that first down and that his team was about to win.
A close second is when he ran for yet another touchdown and was getting fired up right with the fans screaming at him in support. That is exactly what this franchise needs in a starting quarterback.
Winning helps his case too.