The Buffalo Bills had several players stand out in their commanding 43-21 over the Washington Football Team. A couple of players stood out from the rest and were the main reasons the Bills were able to pull off such a complete victory.
Buffalo Bills Offensive MVP: QB Josh Allen
The AFC Player of the Week was in MVP form on Sunday afternoon. Allen completed passes to eight different receivers throwing for 358 yards and finishing with 5 total touchdowns.
Allen finally got in sync with the new guy in town Emmanuel Sanders and the Bills used their 3 wide receiver sets to annihilate the Washington defense. The Bills used 11 personnel (3 wide receiver sets) 68.7% of the time on Sunday and their 3 wide receivers; Beasley, Diggs, and Sanders combined for 254 yards.
Allen excelled as a field general on Sunday and did a great job getting the Bills into the best looks at the line of scrimmage and once the ball was snapped Allen did a great job getting the ball out on time and hitting his receivers in rhythm. The final line for Josh was 32/43 (74% completion) 358 yards and 4 passing touchdowns along with 4 rushes for 9 yards and an additional touchdown.
Buffalo Bills Defensive MVP: Safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde
Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer have had a lot of great moments together since joining forces in Buffalo in 2017. Sunday might have been their finest performance as a tandem to date. The safeties ran roughshod over Taylor Heinicke and completely stymied the Washington offense. They put pressure on Heinicke by being aggressive and coming up in coverage to take away Heinicke’s initial read, which often caused him to panic.
On top of leading the defense to a great day, Hyde and Poyer had great individual statistical performances as well. They both came up with interceptions and combined for seven tackles. This is the third time that Hyde and Poyer have each picked off passes in the same game since joining the Bills.