The Bills win wasn't pretty, but it was impressive

October 22, 2017

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - In my mind, this was a very impressive win for the Bills. I’m not impressed because they played well because they didn’t. In fact, from the debacle that ended the half through much of the second half they came unglued, but after they blew a 17-6 lead, they came back from being 27-20 down with just 3:14 left to play.

I will admit, I was sitting here thinking that late game comebacks are not what Tyrod Taylor does. He usually can’t make the big play at the big time to win a game. Well guess what? I was wrong.

It only took Taylor three plays and 46 seconds to get 75 yards to the end zone. It started with a 44-yard pass to a receiver that wasn’t even on the roster until Wednesday. Deonte Thompson had a great game catching four passes for 107 yards. LeSean McCoy took the ball in from seven yards away and  the game was tied.

The Bucs had 447 yards of offense and were moving the ball at will. Jameis Winston was 32-of-44 for 384 yards and three scores and he completed his first pass of the next drive. Adam Humphries caught the ball for eight yards, but the ball was jarred out by Tre'Davious White who also recovered the fumble at the Tampa Bay 33.

The Bills got the clock down to 14-seconds and Stephen Hauschka kicked the game winning field goal.

Buffalo took that 11 point lead with 11:36 left to go in the third quarter. Logan Thomas found himself open and Taylor hit him in the end zone. At the time, I thought that was big after Rick Dennison and his offense totally mismanaged the clock to end the half.

Dennison had to waste two timeouts in the first half because he did his Rex Ryan impression trying to get personnel into the game.

Matt Milano had made a great play actually pulling the ball out of Cameron Brate’s hands for an interception at the Bucs 26. Taylor dumped a pass to McCoy for eight yards and Buffalo burned its last timeout.

With 11-seconds left, Dennison called a play where there were no receivers in the end zone, none. To compound the horrible call, Taylor decided to throw a little flair to Jordan Matthews who was tackled after a two yard gain. The clock ran out and the Bills didn’t get the chance for a field goal.

In the fourth quarter, the Bills allowed the Bucs to tie the game, but had plenty of time to get the lead back. Taylor hit Thompson for 23 yards to the Buffalo 47 and then another poor play happened. McCoy fumbled and the Bucs had the ball at their own 46.

Tampa Bay put together a 10-play drive and took the lead by seven. In the past, the players and the coaches would panic and it would just be another disappointing loss. This time, it was looked at as an opportunity to show the world that this team is better than most thought.

Sean McDermott gets mocked for all his talk about culture, but its real. McDermott has led this team to a 4-and-2 record with a roster that doesn’t look all that good. He’s done it because he’s gotten these players to believe in his system and to believe in each other. They overachieve because he has convinced them that they will win if they pay attention to details and play for the guy next to them. Mock that concept all you want. Search your computers for all the analytics to say it’s not real. You still will not convince me that a good culture around a team equals a team that can do special things.

Will it continue? All I'll say is it should be fun finding out.