Bills Mafia let out a collective sigh of relief as the Buffalo Bills left South Beach with a victory over the Miami Dolphins. The fear of starting the season 0-2 had fans and media alike questioning if the production we saw last season was real or not. But did this 35-0 win answer the questions we had?
Even with the shutout, should we be worried about the offense? NFL Analyst Lindsey ok joins the Code Of Conduct to discuss.
Looking at the score alone, there’s a lot to be encouraged about. It’s the Bills’ largest shutout of the Miami Dolphins since 1966. The defense was dominant, seemingly applying pressure on the quarterback every time the ball was snapped. The pass rush disrupted the Dolphins’ offensive game plan in ways that we weren’t used to seeing last season. Tua Tagovailoa was carted off early in the game with an apparent rib injury. Thankfully, tests came back negative Monday morning. Jacoby Brissett also was pressured more often than not. It’s safe to say the addition of first-round draft pick Greg Rousseau is already paying dividends. Levi Wallace had a bounce-back game with an early interception as well. But the defensive performance is only half the story.
The offensive struggles continued for the second consecutive week. Josh Allen looked unsettled for most of the game. Allen completed just over 50 percent of his passes, with a final stat line of 17/33 for 179 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. This is not the performance that Bills fans expected from the fourth-year quarterback who just signed the biggest contract in team history. Personally, I wouldn’t go as far as saying Allen has regressed. There’s a real possibility that the Bills started the season playing two of the top 5 secondaries in the league. It’s a long season, and there are still 15 games for the offense to figure out their identity and what works for the passing attack.
The running game impressed early. Devin Singletary opened the game up with a long run reminiscent of LeSean McCoy’s time in Buffalo. Zack Moss fumbled early, but recovered quickly as well to punch the ball into the end zone for two rushing touchdowns.
What are your thoughts or concerns? Let us know in the comments.
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