While the finality of the Buffalo Bills’ win against the Miami Dolphins is satisfying for the fanbase on many levels, the Week 8 clash was anything but perfect. It seems evident the offense was rusty coming off their bye and, truthfully, they really only put in a solid-to-good half of football. Fortunately the positive play came when it mattered most.
It’s no coincidence that when the offense finally began to click, wide receiver Cole Beasley became a huge focal point. By game’s end, Beasley had hauled in ten catches for 110 yards. It was the fourth time he caught ten passes and sixth time he had 110+ yards in his career. He also attempted a pass to Gabriel Davis in the end zone that, while ill-advised, showed just how much offensive coordinator intended to utilize the star slot receiver. Beasley is a master route runner, and on Sunday he was almost always open when Josh Allen and the offense needed a play.
While at times a lightning rod for debate over the past year, Cole Beasley was the key spark plug to Josh Allen’s distributor cap against the Dolphins. Sunday’s performance serves as a reminder of just how important Beasley is to the Buffalo Bills. When teams commit to taking away Josh Allen’s outside and deep options, Cole Beasley’s elite skills in the slot can make a defense pay. He did just that against Miami, and that’s why he’s our player of the game!
Unsung hero of Week 8: Jake Kumerow
Perhaps lost in Sunday’s win was a key play made by WR Jake Kumerow. While fielding a punt at the Buffalo eight-yard line, Isaiah McKenzie fumbled the ball, with it rolling past the goal line. Jake Kumerow quickly landed on the ball in the end zone, securing a touchback for the Bills. While we don’t know if Kumerow was certain of the quirky NFL rule, his decision to jump on the ball gave Buffalo far more favorable possession than they’d likely have had if McKenzie secured the punt—and he prevented the Dolphins from scoring a touchdown. For that, he’s our unsung hero of Week 8!