Bills playoff hopes sill alive despite loss to Patriots: 5 Takeaways

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Mike Gillislee
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3. Tyrod Taylor opens the passing game up 

One of the pleasant surprises in last week’s game was the Bills being able to throw the ball effectively against the Patriots defence.

Tyrod Taylor had his second highest passing game of the season completing 21 of 38 passes for 281 yards but didn’t score a touchdown or throw an interception.

His 281 passing yards were large in part to his connection with wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Kelvin Benjamin.

Thompson had his second best game of the season catching four passes for 91 yards.

While Benjamin had his best game as a member of the Bills catching five passes for 70 yards.

LeSean McCoy also caught five passes for 76 yards.

With an already strong running game an improved passing game will improve the Bills’ chances of beating the Dolphins who rank 15th in the league in total yards allowed.

If Taylor can continue to spread the ball around and not just rely on McCoy then the Bills offence should do well against an average Dolphins defence in Miami.