For the first time since 2011, the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 after another thrilling win in their home opener at New Era Field.
While it is tough to criticize a win, the Bills were leading 14-0 going into halftime and needed a big play late in the fourth quarter to stop a 17-0 run by Cincinnati. With the New England Patriots coming to Buffalo in Week 4, things will have to be different, especially in the second half, if the Bills want to prove that they are for real.
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What Bills fans should take comfort in is how Josh Allen was able to take the ball down the field for the game-winning touchdown with the team’s backs against the wall. Of course, any team would prefer to not have to rely on late-game heroics but the results are there at least.
In this game, we saw the good and bad from Allen as he found a way to pick up crucial first downs using his legs but also threw a bad interception. The Patriots defence is playing at another level this season so Buffalo needs Allen to clean up his mistakes if they want to have a chance to beat Tom Brady and company.
One disturbing trend is the fact that the Bills have allowed 34 points in the second half through three games. New England isn’t going to take their foot off the gas especially late in the game.
Dawson Knox was one player who definitely made a crucial impact in this game making a big 49-yard catch and run where he literally ran over to Bengals defenders. If Allen can continue to get Knox involved offensively, his physicality can be a problem for opposing defences.
Bills fans should definitely be pleased with the fact that the team is 3-0 to start the season but if they want to build off this strong start, they will have to show they can play a cleaner game through four quarters.
What did you make of the Bills win over the Bengals? What stood out to you? What can they continue to work on? Let us know in the comments below.