The Buffalo Bills had no answer for Jonathan Taylor as they could not muster anything on offense in a 41-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Jonathan Taylor finished the game with 185 rushing yards and 204 in total which is something we have seen from him before but his real impact was with the five touchdowns he scored. This is not a Bills team that has been struggling too much against the run but this was another game where a top running back was able to dictate the pace of play.
This was also a Colts team looking to get back into the playoff hunt after a tough start to the season. They were desperate and let Buffalo and the rest of the NFL know that they have a playoff spot in their sights.
What was concerning about Buffalo’s performance was that the team shot themselves in the foot with the turnovers they had on offense. The Bills gave up 21 points on four takeaways and found themselves down 17 points in the first half.
This is another case where Josh Allen’s inability to protect the football was costly and he knew that.
"“Just protecting the football,” Allen told reporters after the game. “Execution is what it comes down to and we’re not executing at a high enough level right now. It starts with me.”"
Well the team better figure things out quickly as the road to making the playoffs doesn’t get any easier for them.
Buffalo Bills lose control of the AFC East to the New England Patriots
For weeks, the New England Patriots have been making a move up the AFC standings and have now leapfrogged the Bills for first place in the division.
While this might have Bills Mafia in a not-so-good mood, just remember that the Bills do control their destiny as New England has played one more game. They also have two games against their division rival upcoming and those will be critical to getting back in the driver’s seat.
Where the margin for error is now at a low for the Bills as they have lost four games in the conference which could come into play if they need a tiebreaker. At this rate, the Bills better hope that they can lock up the division because the logjam in the AFC wild-card picture is not something the team wants to deal with.
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