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The Buffalo Bills beat the Atlanta Falcons and you should believe in them

This Bills defense is legit.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills are a legitimate threat in the NFL this season. They just beat the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in their building for the biggest road win since the 1990s. That’s not hyperbole. Neither is this; the Buffalo Bills are legit.

The Bills move to 3-1, which is good for tops in the AFC East. The New England Patriots lost, dropping them to 2-2. Buffalo now stands a full game plus a tiebreaker ahead of New England in the standings.

It’s not just the standings. Buffalo’s defense has proven this season that they will keep the team in any game. The Falcons were in the top five in points scored this season and led the league a year ago. Atlanta hadn’t been held to 17 points since Week 10 of the 2016 season, a November loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Buffalo’s defense forced turnover after turnover and held the Falcons in check with a bend-don’t-break mentality all game.

Charles Clay was the leading receiver. Tyrod Taylor threw for less than 200 yards. LeSean McCoy didn’t break 80 yards rushing. None of that mattered. Buffalo didn’t turn the ball over and their defense played great. Colin Cowherd might think that’s boring, but we’ll take it.

Now Buffalo needs to solidify their standing by beating the Cincinnati Bengals, who blew out the Cleveland Browns today.