Last Sunday, the Buffalo Bills cruised past the New York Giants with a final score of 28-14 to make them 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2014. This road win was also their second win at MetLife Stadium in two weeks, which means Buffalo currently has more wins at the stadium than the two host teams do. Although we are only two weeks into the season, Buffalo is technically undefeated, giving Bills fans both hope and skepticism for good reason.
Since 2000, the Bills have gone 2-0 six times including 2019 and have missed the playoffs in all of the previous instances. It is safe to say that after a seventeen year playoff drought that ended in 2017, a 2-0 start to the season may not excite Bills fans the way it should. They have seen it all and undoubtedly, a majority of people are looking for ways for the Bills to get in their own way.
Shutting Down the Big Blue Offense
A 2-0 start aside, the Bills played great in their win against the Giants, with only a few minor hiccups. Despite giving up a touchdown on the opening drive, the defense looked great. The defensive unit shut down Eli Manning in the first half, forcing him to make bad throws and batting down several balls at the line of scrimmage. Initially, the defense did struggle shutting down Saquon Barkley, but ultimately contained him.
Allen Starting Out Hot
While the defense was thwarting almost every passing attempt, Josh Allen led the offense to a fiery start. Allen finished the first half with almost 150 passing yards including a touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on a trick play. Allen also ran the ball into the endzone himself to add on to the lead. Despite only tallying six carries in the game, rookie running back, Devin Singletary, found the endzone for his first career touchdown.
Coasting Too Quickly
Heading into the halftime locker room with a 21-7 lead, the Bills looked confident coming back out for the second half. Between the Giants’ defensive second half adjustments and Buffalo’s conservative offensive play call, the third quarter turned into a punt fest. Adding on to the offense’s inability to sustain a drive, Manning and the Giants’ offense seemed to be heating up towards the end of the third.
Creeping Back In
With only a quarter remaining and the score still standing at 21-7, Manning efficiently led his team down the field to find TJ Jones in the endzone. The score stood at 21-14, things looked drastically less ideal for Buffalo, who was now fending off a comeback. Fortunately, Allen forged a drive to the red zone that resulted in Frank Gore’s first touchdown as a Bill, seemingly putting the game away.
Trying to recapture their momentum, Manning led the Giants downfield but threw an ill-advised throw that turned into an easy pick for Jordan Poyer. As the clock hit zero, players rushed the field with excitement, heading back to play their home opener with a 2-0 record. Nothing is guaranteed, but this Bills team has looked exciting.
On To The Bengals
This Sunday, Buffalo will host the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals in their home opener. Cincinnati is winless, but has a potent passing attack that Buffalo needs to respect. The Bengals’ offensive line is extremely banged up and Buffalo’s front seven should be able to tack advantage. Finally, if Josh Allen can avoid costly turnovers, the Bills may start 3-0.