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Takeaways: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills control Green Bay Packers

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 took down the Green Bay Packers on Saturday afternoon in the preseason finale. Before the conversation quickly moves to the looming roster projections and cuts, we wanted to get in our opinions on the game.

16 straight passes to open the game

The Bills came out with multi-WR looks all over the place. On the first two series, it was 15 snaps and 15 three-wide sets. The 16th pass was a center screen before they finally handed it off on a draw play. During the third series, Buffalo kept up with the extra wideouts and empty backfields. Allen finished his day 20-of-26 for 194 yards and two TD passes in just under one half. On the flip side, they only had 41 yards rushing from the running backs.

I Am Groot

Another game, another QB pressure. Greg Rousseau’s preseason snaps have been incredibly fruitful and they gave him the start this week. We thought he might be a little developmental, and we were hoping for an impact by the end of the season. Instead, he’s been playing well out of the gate. He had a sack against the Detroit Lions and one against the Chicago Bears. A.J. Epenesa had a QB pressure on the Jordan Love interception, too.

Cole Beasley still the bailout option

Beasley is such a security blanket for Josh Allen and this Bills team. In the second quarter, Allen scrambled right, opened his hips, and flipped it to an open Beasley to convert a crucial third down and extend a drive. Overall, five targets, four catches, and 52 yards.

Offensive line gel time

The Bills kept the starting offensive line in the game through the middle of the third quarter. There was some movement with Ike Boettger getting a drive or two in place of Cody Ford, but left-to-right, Dion Dawkins, Jon Feliciano, Mitch Morse, Ford/Boettger, and Darryl Williams all played together. It was the first time Josh Allen has ever taken a snap in a game behind that grouping due to injuries last season.


The Bills haven’t lost in the preseason since Aug 26, 2018. That’s eight straight wins.

Odds and ends

  • Jordan Love desperation heaves remind you a bit of Josh Allen’s former bad decisions, eh?
  • A.J. Epenesa was passable as the long snapper. He had one extra point and one punt that were good before a low extra-point snap. His final long snap got punter Matt Haack off the ground, but he was able to get the ball away.
  • Gabriel Davis finished with five catches, including a 31-yard touchdown.
  • Matt Breida played a lot of Isaiah McKenzie’s snaps. Very interesting.
  • With Marquez Stevenson leaving the game with a head injury and Isaiah McKenzie not playing due to his shoulder injury, who will the Bills have as their returner?
  • Jake Fromm was featured heavily in the game, and capped a nice drive with a 17-yard scamper up the middle.