Buffalo Bills Bye Week Breakdown

Last Sunday, Buffalo took down the Tennessee Titans by a score of 14-7 but it certainly did not lack dramatics. In all honesty, that game was one of the worst officiated games I have ever watched. Matt Milano getting called for roughing the passer for grazing Marcus Mariota’s leg after an egregious chop-block is terrible. Officiating aside, both squads had a ton of penalties, one Titans’ penalties negated a touchdown that would have put them in the lead.

Night and Day

Coming after his worst performance ever against the New England Patriots in week four, Josh Allen had an amazing bounce back game. Allen’s stats did not jump off of the page, but he played a clean and precise game. Despite one bad throw that resulted in the only interception of the day for both teams, Allen played great. Once again, Allen’s biggest weakness was highlighted and it is only something he can fix, throwing the ball away.

We love Allen’s confidence in his ability and his receivers, but sometimes you just need to throw the ball away. Allen constantly throws balls into tight windows while he’s on the run eluding a sack. Some of Allen’s best plays come those throws but the risk is way higher than the reward.

Somethings Not (Up)Right

Cairo Santos missed four field goals against the Bills and undoubtedly found himself getting cut on Monday. Not all the blame can be placed on Santos though, head coach Mike Vrabel gets some blame as well. Down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Vrabel sent Santos out for a 53-yard field goal after he already went 0-3. Santos’ four missed kicks means that opposing kickers have missed eight kicks against Buffalo through the first five weeks.

Dominant Defense

Tennessee’s offensive line looked totally unprepared for Buffalo’s front seven who recorded a season-high of five sacks. Defensive tackle, Jordan Phillips, had himself a day, tallying three of the five sacks. Although Buffalo did not force a turnover, they did force a ton of three-and-outs that kept Buffalo in the game.

Anything But Relaxing

Heading into the bye at a solid 4-1, the start of Buffalo’s bye was anything but relaxing. On Monday morning, Titans’ pro-bowl left tackle started some Twitter beef with a few of the Bills’ defensive players. After the game, Bills defensive end, Shaq Lawson, told reporters Lewan seemed rusty and unprepared following his four-game suspension.

Lewan quoted the tweet with a picture of Lawson’s stats and as Lawson is a rotational player, those stats were not so impressive. Lawson and teammate Jordan Phillips replied calling Lewan a “fake tough guy” and a “bum” that still got beat. As expected, Bills Mafia did not take kindly to an opponent attacking their players and went in on Lewan. My personal favorite was a video of Lewan getting beaten by Lawson and opening up Phillips for a sack. Talking trash after a loss where you gave up five sacks is not a good look.

Saying Bye During The Bye

With the emergence of Duke Williams at receiver and the struggles of Zay Jones, Buffalo sent him to the Oakland Raiders for a 2021 fifth-round pick. Many Bills fans have been anticipating a Jones trade for a while now. Jones and Josh Allen had a lot of chemistry but he has not been able to produce on the field this season. Now Jones gets a clean slate in Oakland.

Healing Up

There are several injured Bills on the roster and bye week could not have come at a better time. Mitch Morse, Jordan Poyer, Matt Milano, Cody Ford, Ty Nsekhe, Devin Singletary, Taron Johnson, and Corey Thompson are all battling injuries and need the extra weeks rest before play resumes.

The Bills play the Miami Dolphins at home in week seven which should be an easy game following the bye.

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