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Five observations: Buffalo Bills defense is LEGIT against Denver Broncos

The Bills’ defense handled their business on Sunday.

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 shut down the Denver Broncos on Sunday, winning 20-3 and putting the clamps on the opposing offense and putting away the game in the fourth quarter. It was another complete victory—two in a row, now—as the Bills head into a Thanksgiving road game against the Dallas Cowboys.

First half shutout

For the third time this season, the Bills’ defense pitched a goose egg in the first half. Tre’Davious White had a pick to bail out a Josh Allen turnover. Matt Milano had three tackles and was flying all over the field, nearly picking off a pass, and Tremaine Edmunds had four tackles. Star Lotulelei and Shaq Lawson each had sacks with pressure from Ed Oliver and Trent Murphy.

134 yards allowed

The Broncos were held to just 134 yards—the lowest total of their season. Buffalo had four total sacks and the Broncos had only 49 yards passing. The running backs for Denver had a good day, but they weren’t able to get the ball enough.

Rushing offense explodes

The Buffalo Bills’ rushing offense came alive on Sunday, led by rookie Devin Singletary who notched his first 100-yard game on Sunday. He finished with 106 on 21 carries, five yards per carry. Frank Gore passed Barry Sanders for third-most rushing yards in a career in NFL history. He had 65 yards, mostly in clean-up duty. Josh Allen added 56 yards and Robert Foster added 22 on one carry.

Matt Milano is a top LB

He was everywhere today, notching six tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass break up that was nearly picked off. He was in the backfield on blitzes and in the defensive backfield in coverage. He’s making a push for the Pro Bowl and is finally playing as fast as he was before his injury that ended his 2018 season. He’s making money on a contract extension every week, too.

Clock management continues to be crappy

Yikes. The end of the first half was horrible. A pair of nice runs from Devin Singletary and Josh Allen had Buffalo moving the ball and then they gained five yards on a dead ball foul. Then the wheels fell off. The Bills completed a pass over the middle and instead of calling timeout, decided to clock it. Okay. That’s fine. But then they couldn’t get the next play call in and Allen tried to call timeout. He was thankfully too late, saving the timeout and allowing Buffalo to theoretically go deep over the middle of the field and still try a field goal. Two penalties on the Bills moved them back ten yards and Singletary was able to get back nine on the next play. With five seconds left, they didn’t call timeout for some reason. With Allen’s strong arm they could have tried SOMETHING to the end zone to try and score or draw a flag.