We finally made it. It's the Buffalo Bills season opener on Monday Night Football. What a game it was too. Lots to like in this one but very unfortunate that Aaron Rodgers Jets debut was so short. Personally, I would have preferred he not gotten hurt and played in this game.
I feel almost bad for Jets fans though, all the hype, all summer long, and just like that, their debut was ruined. At the time of writing this, Rodgers injury was unknown other than he was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury. But some good things were going on early in the game when Rodgers was in the game and they continued throughout the game too. We'll be talking about that shortly.
The Bills took the lead on an incredible play from Josh Allen on a scramble and hit Stefon Diggs for the team's first touchdown of the season. After an interception on the ensuing Jets drive by Matt Milano, Buffalo capitalized and extended their lead heading into halftime up 13 - 3.
This game was about as stressful a season opener as I've experienced in years and unfortunately, I can't place blame for this loss anywhere but on Josh Allen, It's that simple. The defense played pretty well, minus a couple big runs from Breece Hall. The offensive line held up relatively well against one of the best defensive fronts in the league. Josh Allen single-handedly cost the Buffalo Bills a season-opening win. Simply embarrassing.
Buffalo Bills need to work on their run defense
I have to say, this statement is getting old. Almost as old as saying the Bills need to improve their offensive line, but we'll get to that. Breece Hall had a game, highlighted by the 83-yard run when the Jets started inside their own ten yard line.
Hall had over 100 yards rushing on just his first two carries. It's safe to say he's successfully returned from the injury that ended his rookie year prematurely. The Bills seem to do a good job for the most part of shoring up opposing teams running backs but often give up a big run or two over the course of the game, which we saw in this game.
I recently watched a documentary about the old Baltimore Ravens defense led by Ray Lewis, which is the one player that defense was largely known for but the two defensive tackles on that team were Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa. These two players combined for nearly 700 pounds and that is what made that defense so great. This is what the Bills need. They need to get some BIG boys in the middle of that defense. That stops any runs up the middle and allows Bernard and Milano to roam free. But that's not what we have, so we'll just have to hope they can improve in run defense with what they have.