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Billieve: Fourth-quarter heroics help Buffalo Bills overcome mistakes

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In the latest edition of Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast, host John Boccacino and co-host Jamie D’Amico provide in-depth analysis of the Buffalo Bills’ 21-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals as the Bills improved to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2011.

It was a raucous day at New Era Field for the Bills home opener—which ended on a high note after Josh Allen directed a seven-play, 78-yard drive, capped by a one-yard touchdown plunge by Frank Gore—to send the sellout crowd home happy after Allen’s fourth career fourth-quarter comeback victory.

Among the topics our podcasters discussed:

  • The Bills dominated the first half and should have led by more than 14 points heading into halftime.
  • Buffalo’s defense was great in the first half and played its best half in years in holding the Bengals scoreless in the opening half (and without a first down until after the two-minute warning.
  • Tre’Davious White posted his first career multi-interception game, including the game-clinching pick, while Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer posted great all-around games.
  • The running game, led by Frank Gore, has turned a corner from last year, and is doing it with injuries mounting along the offensive line.
  • Allen overcame his own mistakes to direct the comeback win, but how long can Buffalo keep winning when bad Josh Allen shows up?
  • Rookie tight end Dawson Knox delivered the play of the game when he bowled over two defenders en route to an epic 49-yard reception on the game-winning drive.
  • What happened to Buffalo’s once-potent pass rush, which disappeared against a vulnerable Bengals’ offensive line.
  • How important was Sean McDermott’s first-half gamble to go for two on Buffalo’s first touchdown? Without it, the Bills and Bengals might have been destined for overtime.

Check out the latest episode of our Billieve Podcast to find out our thoughts on the keys to Buffalo improving to 3-0 on the year, then leave your thoughts on what you think were the keys to victory in the comments section below.


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