The stampeding Houston Texans came to The Ralph riding high off a four game win streak where they gave up a total of 35 points. The Bills promptly knocked them off that high horse putting up 30 and leaving numerous more on the field. It may have put the Texans out to pasture.
The must win for the Bills keeps them right in the playoff hunt although each of the last four contests will be all but playoff games.
Greg Roman and his staff had a terrific game plan going in on offense and Tyrod Taylor executed it properly if not superbly. TT threw three TDs and ran for another in the well balanced assault. What Rex and Roman told us was going to be our offense before the season started is beginning to materialize before our eyes—a strong power run game sprinkled with shots down the field to our playmakers. The Bills lead the league in TDs from outside the redzone. TT and Sammy Watkins have been killing it on the long ball and keeping defenses from loading the box to stop the ground and pound. Houston could not ground Buffalo’s aerial attack and then took a pounding when the Bills ran inside or out.
The whole game, J.J. was saying Watt the F— and never knew who or what hit him. Roman and Aaron Kromer used unbalanced lines, triple teams, a journeyman named Jordan Mills, and even Watt’s hard charging explosion off the snap against him. He ended the game with four unmemorable tackles and no sacks or pressures. A non-factor this year when he all but singlehandedly beat the Bills last season. The Wattage was so low you could barely see him.
Tyrod Taylor is growing into a franchise QB although it is still too early to start talking about major contract extensions. TT’s now fourth in the league in passing at 104, which is higher any Bills QB in franchise history. He’s amongst the league leaders in ten categories, including most of the important ones. He has even started to show the ability to go through progressions, throw over the middle and from the pocket, and disprove a lot of his critics. The Bills need him for the stretch and for their future.
Robert Woods and Charles Clay made some bonehead drops and pitfalls but also some clutch grabs and touchdowns, including Clay’s wide open game winner. Can you imagine the Bills fans’ reaction if our defense decided to double cover Matthew Mulligan and leave Clay free to roam the secondary and prance into the endzone with no one within 10 yards of him?
Bacarri Rambo drew first blood with a sack, a few pass breakups, and almost drew last blood on a fourth down slobberknocker that knocked the ball and wits out of Cecil Shorts and all but ended the Texans hopes if not season. Rambo has turned into a big play safety, which is lucky for the Bills because his predecessor Dookie Williams was a big play guy for the other team. Once Cecil took it in the shorts the game was all but over.
The win also featured some unsung heroes. Manny Lawson and Corbin Bryant quietly had very good efforts and solid games. Dizzy Gillislee romped for 30 yards on his first carry as a Bill before anyone knew he was on the team. Colton Schmidt constantly pinned the Texans back deep.
Unfortunately, Dan Carpenter almost put the nail in his own coffin but iced the game with less than a minute left. The top ten NFL Kickers have not missed one kick the entire season from 0-39 but have missed 14 extra points. It’s crazy.
The Bills came into the season believing they may have the best defense of all time, which turned out to be the biggest delusion ever. But this week we saw flashes of what we expected all year. Rex dialed up some blitzes and pressured Brian Hoyer into mistakes, which is he wont to do. Four fourth quarter big stops in a row by the defense, which culminated in an endzone interception by WR Marcus Easley, put the game away.
Shady gonna be Shady.
LeSean McCoy has now rushed for exactly 112 yards in three of the last five games. Ever since his return from the hammy injury he has sliced and diced defenses with his trademark style and speed every week. What some fans didn’t know about is his pass blocking and pass route/catching ability, which again shone bright. Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn convinced McCoy to lose some weight before the season and it’s paid off handsomely. This week, of course, slim Shady returns to Philly and his old team, determined to prove them wrong for trading him.
Chip Kelly’s antics have got the Eagle fans into a feeding frenzy, which was delayed last week with an improbable win over the Patriots in Fixborough, although it took three returns for TDs to do it. And The Eagles tried to lose in the end but just ran out of time.
This Sunday is another must win for the Bills, as well as the Eagles, and tempers as well as egos will be flying high. Come on down to Busby’s to watch The Bills blow the Eagles out of the sky and continue their own stampede toward the playoffs.