The Buffalo Bills are starting their 2019 season with two straight games at MetLife Stadium, playing the division rival New York Jets and an NFC opponent in the New York Giants. Although the Bills came away victorious, in week one, they would prefer for games not to be as close as that match up. Obviously head coach Sean McDermott was pleased with the win but he will try to avoid having to climb back from a seventeen point deficit each week.
Sloppy Play Puts Offense In a Tough Situation Early
Entering into his second year with the Bills, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense looked much nicer with all of the new pieces the Bills have shifted into it. This offseason, general manager Brandon Beane poured a lot of assets to build around Daboll’s system and it showed. Allen looked much improved from a processing stand point, but it helped that he had two new experienced receivers and sturdy offensive line to help him.
Throughout the entire game, the offense looked efficient and Josh Allen looked remarkable, especially in the first quarter. During the opening drive, he went 5-5 very quickly, utilizing his new weapons and making high-percentage throws. Unfortunately, Allen started to play sloppy against a poignant Jets defense that forced four turnovers in the first half and evening returning an interception for a touchdown.
Jets Continue to Roll
Despite committing four turnovers in the first two quarters, Buffalo was only down 6-0 at halftime, thanks to Kaare Vedvik’s missed extra point attempt on CJ Mosley’s pick six. After halftime, the Jets continued to pressure Buffalo on defense, capitalizing on having the Bills on their own goal-line and forcing a safety. Sam Darnold and the Jets’ offense quickly reciprocated the defenses efforts by putting a drive down the field together that resulted in Le’Veon Bells first touchdown as a New York Jet. New Jets’ head coach Adam Gase opted to go for the two point conversion since his kicker had already missed two kicks on the game and Darnold was able to capitalize by throwing a cross-body throw to Bell in the corner of the endzone.
Down But Not Out
Now down 16-0, the offense worked their way down the field but Allen, trying a little to hard to get the team back in the game, hurt the momentum and forced a field goal situation. Fortunately for Allen, Buffalo has one of the best defenses in the league and the unit was able to get the ball right back to the offense. Allen then led another drive down the field, largely in part to rookie Devin Singletary finally getting consistent carries and taking advantage of them, springing for multiple big plays. The second year quarterback was able to finish the drive with a short-yardage run into the endzone to make the score 16-10.
After more silence from the Jets’ offense, Buffalo got the ball back and it was all clutchness from Allen. The offense moved like a well-oiled machine and with three minutes left in the game, Allen found his new favorite target, John Brown, for a 38 yard pass into the endzone on third down. With less than three minutes in the game, the scored stood at 17-16.
The Jets tried to get back into the game but to no avail as the Bills defense shutdown any attempt Darnold had. With the final whistle sounding, the Jets could not finish and officially let go of a sixteen point lead.
Despite Allen’s sloppy first half play, he looked extremely confident in this offense and the entire unit has given Bills Mafia optimism.
Buffalo’s defense was monstrous, only allowing eight points and keeping the offense in the game despite being -4 in the turnover margin. The Bills’ defense also held Darnold to only 175 yards and 131 of those yards were thrown to Jamison Crowder and Le’Veon Bell.
Devin Singletary looked amazing in his rookie debut and the Bills now look smart for moving on from McCoy.
Heading Into Next Week
The Bills will need to lock down the run game against Saquan Barkley in order to move to 2-0. With Golden Tate still suspended and Sterling Shepherd out with a concussion, the Bills secondary will only truly need to focus on tight end Evan Engram. Josh Allen will need to be a little more conservative against the Giants defense as well.