3.) Defense has shined despite injuries
In Week 4 and Week 5 of this season, the Bills lost three impactful players in Tre’Davious White, Matt Milano, and DaQuan Jones. Three of their best defensive players all went down which put the Bills in a hard position of trying to replace their presence for the rest of the season. Since that Week 5 matchup in London, the defense has surprisingly responded to the adversity better than most would have probably expected. Sure, they made Mac Jones look like the second coming of Tom Brady in their Week 7 loss but they ultimately have been playing great situational football.
While it may not look like that with the five overall losses, the offense has turned the ball over at times on their own side of the field which puts the opposing offense in a great position to score. Even then, the Buffalo defense has managed to hold them to three and get a takeaway themselves. Since Week 6, the defense is allowing just 20.8 points a game while the offense has only averaged 20.6 points a game in that stretch.
As a head coach, it is a bad look if you cannot master your side of the ball. McDermott is a defensive minded head coach and has helped improve this unit with the adversity that they have faced this season. In addition, the defense under McDermott’s tenure is always near the top of the league when it comes to overall defense.