The Buffalo Bills took care of business on Saturday, easily defeating the Denver Broncos en route to their first AFC East Division title since the 1995 season. Buffalo won 48-19, which is the largest margin of victory for the team since the 2018 season-ending blowout over the Miami Dolphins.
Josh Allen was magnificent yet again, completing 70 percent of his passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, adding two rushing touchdowns and 33 rushing yards, as well. By design, Allen wasn’t one of our five players to watch, but our other choices performed quite well for the second straight week.
Here’s how our five players to watch helped the Bills beat the Broncos.
RB Devin Singletary
For the first time in over a month, Singletary appeared on more offensive snaps than rookie Zack Moss. Singletary was on the field for 39 snaps and Moss was on the field for 34, yet it was the rookie who led the team in carries and rushing yards. Moss ran 13 times for 81 yards, but it was Singletary who put the exclamation point on the evening with a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Ideally, he could have fallen down inside the ten-yard line so that the team didn’t have to run its defense on the field for another series, but it’s hard to tell a guy who’s had such a disappointing year statistically to turn down an easy touchdown once he’s done all the hard work of bobbing and weaving down the field. Singletary finished with eight carries for 68 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, adding three catches on three targets for 16 yards. Most of those grabs came in the early going, as it looked like the Bills were using the swing pass to set up some deeper shots, which they took and hit on successfully later in the game.
WR Cole Beasley
Stefon Diggs once again led the team in targets (13), receptions (11), and receiving yards (147), but Beasley had another quietly excellent outing. He was second to Diggs in all of those categories, making eight catches for 112 yards on ten targets. Beasley is already in the midst of the best season of his career, as he has surpassed his previous career highs in receptions and receiving yards with 79 catches and 950 receiving yards. If he can gain fifty more yards over the next two weeks, this will be the second time in franchise history where Buffalo has two wideouts go over 1,000 yards receiving, as Eric Moulds and Peerless Price were the only duo to do it during the 2002 season. Beasley is tied for 11th in the NFL in receptions, and his catch rate of 77.5 percent is second only to JuJu Smith-Schuster (78.2 percent) among all players with at least 100 targets. A few weeks ago, I wrote that Beasley’s season, while impressive, was not quite Pro Bowl caliber. Since that article published, Beasley has averaged six catches and 77 yards per week, and if you include the game against the Arizona Cardinals, which was played the week that article ran, Beasley has averaged seven grabs and 83 yards per game over his last five contests. I’ve changed my mind. Send this man and his flowing locks to the virtual Pro Bowl this year.
DE Mario Addison
Dr. K asks, and Dr. K receives! Addison had been a ghost over the last month, registering just a tackle and a pass breakup in Buffalo’s previous four games. He showed up big on Sunday, pressuring Drew Lock early and often. Addison registered his fifth sack of the season, tying him with linebacker A.J. Klein for the team lead. Addison had four tackles, the aforementioned sack, and a quarterback hit in addition to the sack.
CB Tre’Davious White
White had a huge day, and it could have been even bigger. He made one brilliant pass breakup by leaping high in the air to force an incomplete pass, but he also dropped a would-be interception of Lock, who earlier in the week had said that White wasn’t someone whose ability would prevent him from throwing in that direction. Well, when White blitzed off the corner and sacked Lock, forcing a fumble that was ultimately recovered by Jerry Hughes doing an excellent LeSean McCoy impersonation, you could see that White had a little something to say to Denver’s quarterback. Hughes ultimately bobbed and weaved his way into the end zone, and White put a cap on his great day. Tre’ had three tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit, a tackle-for-loss, a forced fumble, and two pass breakups.
S Jordan Poyer
Buffalo put on a show defensively, limiting the Broncos to just 255 net yards on the evening. The secondary kept Denver from doing anything down the field, and the tandem of Poyer and Micah Hyde was a big part of the reason why. As usual, Poyer was dynamite in both coverage and run support, as he made eight tackles on the day, which was tied with Tremaine Edmunds for the team lead. Poyer didn’t have any pass breakups or “splash” plays, but he did exactly what he’s supposed to do, which is continue to play his assignment and keep plays in front of him.