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Winners and losers in Sunday’s Buffalo Bills win against the Denver Broncos

The surprises in the secondary continue along with the woes on the offensive line

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In Sunday’s win at home against the Denver Broncos, the Buffalo Bills were stout on defense and passable on offense. The two units got the job done, but one played better than the other.


The Secondary
It’s hard to pinpoint a clear winner from the group. All four members of the starting unit played great, even the fifth defensive back, Leonard Johnson made nice plays. E.J. Gaines and Tre’Davious White stood out among the group, both tallying their share of pass break-ups and an interception in addition to seven tackles. Jordan Poyer recorded four tackles and continued to show how valuable he is on the back end and against the run and as a blitzer. Micah Hyde continued to be solid in coverage.

Tyrod Taylor
Taylor was being called by some fans and media to be benched for Nathan Peterman after the loss at the Carolina Panthers. For now, he silenced his critics. Rick Dennison helped his quarterback with getting him out of the pocket and calling a healthy amount of play action passes. Taylor went 20-for-26 with 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. Denver’s defense is a top-5 unit in the league and attacking them through the air is hard alone, but when the run game goes nowhere, that task becomes much more difficult. Taylor was up to the task and answered the call. Next week Taylor will have to bring what he had today against the Atlanta Falcons, who has one of the most underrated defenses in the league.


The Offensive Line
The offensive line had another let down in the run game this week. As a team, the Bills rushed the ball 33 times for just 75 yards, bringing their average to a whopping 2.3 yards per carry. With Cordy Glenn out, Dion Dawkins managed to fill his shoes and not make too many mistakes. Richie Incognito had another penalty that cost the Bills a first down and a scoring opportunity. John Miller looks like he's taken a step back from his promising 2016 outing and Jordan Mills continues to be a liability at right tackle. The offensive line was supposed to be a bright spot for the Bills coming into this season and they haven't lived up to expectations. Hopefully Cordy Glenn can bounce back next week in what could be a shootout at the Falcons.

Lesean McCoy
Despite the offensive line, McCoy didn't have a good game on the ground for the second straight week. He looked frustrated and uncomfortable in offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s system. While he was effective in the passing game with seven catches for 48 yards, his 14 attempts on the ground only got him 21 yards closer to his career goal of 10,000 career rushing yards. Not having Glenn and playing a team like Denver isn't going to be easy, but averaging 1.5 yards per carry puts a lot of pressure on the rest of the offense. McCoy is still a top-3 running back in the league and eventually he will get out of his slump but for the time being, he finds himself in this category for the second straight week.