The Bills make big plays to secure a big win

September 24, 2017

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - If the Bills go on to have a good season, a 26-16 victory over the previously undefeated Broncos would be considered a signature win.

At one point in the third quarter, Buffalo trailed 16-13, but rookie Tre White and the defense took over.

Right after that Brandon McManus field goal, the Bills had a great response and never gave the momentum back.

Tyrod Taylor hit Nick O’Leary for 31 yards to the Denver 38. LeSean McCoy ran for seven yards and then Taylor found Jordan Matthews for 25. The drive ended when Taylor ran to his right, threw across his body and found Charles Clay for six.

E.J. Gaines stalled the next drive intercepting Trevor Siemian at the Denver 33 and then it became the Tre White show.

White made great plays on Emmanuel Sanders on two of the three plays. On 3rd-and-5, Sanders caught the ball, but White made a sure tackle after a three yard gain. Denver went into punt formation on 4th-and-2. They tried a fake snapping the ball to De’Angelo Henderson. White teamed with Deon Lacey to stop Henderson after a one yard gain. That gave Buffalo the ball at the Denver 31.

The drive went nowhere, but Stephen Hauschka’s 53-yard field goal made it a seven point advantage.

Denver’s next drive got down to the Bills 24 when Eddie Yarbrough chased down Siemian. He threw a horrible pass that White intercepted at the 24. It was the 1st round pick’s first NFL interception.

On 3rd-and-6 it looked like Denver had stopped the Bills on the Denver 46. Right after Taylor released the ball that fell incomplete, he got hammered by Von Miller. It was a legal hit and Miller got up and offerd his hand to Taylor to help him up. Miller pulled the hand away and laughed, but head coach Vance Joseph wasn’t laughing. Miller got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and Buffalo had a first down.

The Bills turned it into a 16-play drive that took 7:30 off the clock. It ended with Hauschka icing it with a 27-yard field goal.

Getting back to White, he had a tough start to the game and that could’ve destroyed many rookies. White seems to have good mental toughness and he actually got better as the game went on.

Offensively, the Bills only averaged 2.3 yards per carry on 33 attempts, so Taylor had to play better to win and he did.

Taylor threw for 213 yards and went 20-of-26. He did get sacked four times, but with left tackle Cordy Glenn out injured, that was to be expected.

Denver was able to run the ball with C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, but the Bills defense made big plays when they had to be made.  The Broncos had 366 yards offense, but again, key interceptions and sacks helped stop drives.

The Bills even had a few breaks go their way. Andre Holmes caught 2-yard touchdown pass that wasn’t even intended for him. The ball was high to Zay Jones and he tipped it right to Holmes.

On 3rd-and-5, Sanders beat White for a 44-yard catch to the Bills 45. Sanders caught the ball, turned and took four steps before White got there. The ball hit the ground and came out. Sean McDermott challenged and the call was overturned. I thought the Bills got a big break there. I think that should’ve been ruled a catch. He turned and made a football move.

So the Bills and Patriots are now 2-1 on top of the AFC East. Miami is 1-1 and the Jets are 1-2. This is a key win because Buffalo has to travel to Atlanta next Sunday. After that, it’s a game in Cincinnati before they come home for games against Tampa Bay and Oakland. After a win like this, the week of preparation will have a lot more meaning.