As the Buffalo Bills picked up another important victory, the team showed once again how much the offense needs the run game to be successful.
There was a moment in Sunday’s game where the Buffalo Bills needed the run game to bail out Josh Allen.
The Bills quarterback finished the game throwing three interceptions and completed just 42% of his pass attempts. It also didn’t help that the weather was a bit of a factor as the icy conditions in Buffalo were not ideal for either team.
This is where the team that could find a way to run the ball with any measure of success was going to come away with the win and that’s exactly what the Bills were able to do.
Devin Singletary had 23 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns while Allen had 15 rushes for 81 yards and two scores of his own.
"“Devin came out and was just an animal that next series which I thought was a great momentum boost to our team,” said head coach Sean McDermott after the game. “I was very impressed with the way the offensive line took over the game and the running backs as well.”"
This is where the Bills could benefit from a simple change in philosophy as they have been too pass-heavy with their offensive gameplan. Considering they weren’t showing much confidence in their rushing ability, Buffalo was putting themselves in a position where they were going to put too much on Allen’s shoulder.
Buffalo Bills focus shifts to clinching AFC East Division
For the third straight season, Buffalo will be heading to the postseason after the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Rams.
What needs to happen next week is a win at home against the New York Jets or a New England Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins. It continues an impressive stretch for McDermott who is just the second coach in franchise history to reach the playoffs in four of his first five full seasons.
What the Bills need to focus on now is trying to lock up a favourable playoff seeding as they sit as the fourth seed in the AFC conference. There is still a lot of moving parts when it comes to determining who gets in as the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Ravens and potentially the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the hunt.
What were your thoughts on the Bills win over the Falcons? Can they continue to rely on the run game to be productive? Let us know in the comments below.