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Billieve Podcast: Observations from Buffalo’s Week 1 win

What our podcasters liked and what concerned them following a 24-16 win over the Colts

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On the latest episode of Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Jamie D’Amico provide their thoughts on the Buffalo Bills’ 24-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason opener for both teams.

They give their insights into what they liked (rookie running back Devin Singletary, the starting defensive unit, rookie Darryl Johnson, Josh Allen’s ability to read the field, Christian Wade’s welcome to the NFL moment, and an impressive debut from Ed Oliver) and what they didn’t like (the abysmal play of center Russell Bodine, T.J. Yeldon’s lackluster game, the disappearance of Robert Foster and the poor performance from punter Corey Bojorquez).

Among the topics covered on this week’s Billieve Podcast:

  • Allen, Buffalo’s second-year quarterback, is making progress in his ability to read the field
  • Singletary, Buffalo’s third-round pick out of Florida Atlantic University, looks poised to play a huge role in the Bills’ offense
  • Slot receiver Cole Beasley is fitting in nicely in Brian Daboll’s offense and it was refreshing to see Daboll open up the offense during the preseason opener
  • Bodine had a miserable 2019 debut while rookie Cody Ford and veteran Ty Nsekhe looked great on the right side of the offensive line
  • The defensive starters stymied the Colts for much of the first half, holding Indy to 16 rushing yards on ten attempts vs. Indianapolis’ first-team offense. The Colts mustered only 29 yards of offense and one first down on six drives until the final two minutes of the opening half
  • In his first action in the NFL, Oliver had moments where he dominated All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson
  • Johnson had an impressive debut, amassing three tackles to go with one sack and one pass break-up, while fellow defensive linemates Shaq Lawson and Eddie Yarbrough were often in the Colts’ backfield
  • Lafayette Pitts, who could replace E.J. Gaines in the secondary, had a solid game, recording two great pass breakups, including a nifty one in the end zone that denied the Colts a touchdown
  • Wade taking his first touch in ANY football game 65 yards for a touchdown in one of the coolest welcome-to-the-NFL moments
  • Cory Carter leapfrogged Corey Bojorquez in the all-important punter battle

What do you think, Bills fans? Who earned your game balls from the Week 1 win, and who has a lot of work remaining to make the roster?

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, and check out our podcast for thoughts on these topics and more on the latest Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast.

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