The Buffalo Bills struggled on both sides of the ball in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. They couldn't get firing on all cylinders and laid and egg when the game was in their hands. Winners and losers from this weeks loss:
S Micah Hyde
Hyde has looked like the Bills’ best free agent acquisition this year. Through five weeks he leads the league with 4 interceptions and has added 21 total tackles to his resume. Sunday was just another day at the office for Hyde, with 6 tackles and an interception, he has played the game with the ball in front of him. He has always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Hyde has been nothing short of spectacular for the Bills’ defense.
S Jordan Poyer
Poyer has been good in coverage and added another interception on Sunday, but his play against the run is huge for this defense. He only had three tackles on Sunday but he continues to get to the edge to either make the tackle or force the runner inside. He and Hyde have been the only consistent players in the secondary with the corners having a tough time.
RG John Miller
Miller was a healthy scratch and McDermott decided to give Vlad Ducasse a shot at right guard. McDermott shouldn't ever make that mistake again. Miller hasn't been great this year but Ducasse was downright awful against the Bengals. Ducasse is clearly a liability to the overall success of the offensive line. Miller should get the nod for the remaining 11 games.
The entire offensive line
As a unit, the offensive line was bad. Offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison, is trying to implement a new blocking scheme that is taking some time for adjustment. Even when Dennison gets away from his roots and goes back to what they are familiar with and they still have struggled. They have been flagged for holding on big plays that killed the offenses drive. Jordan Mills and Vlad Ducasse specifically are frustrating for fans, coaches and players that count on them.
Taylor didn't play well but it isn't all on him. With Jordan Matthews out at the start of the game and the injury to Clay, two of his three favorite targets weren't on the field. The offensive line gave up six sacks with the majority being the lines’ fault. Holding the ball too long and throwing an interception to end the game was a perfect example for how the game went for Taylor and company. He hasn't been great, but he does need help in order to succeed. Changes among the offensive line and adding a veteran pass catcher could help Taylor after the bye week where they have another tough stretch of games.