Bills snap 2-game skid, edge Browns for seventh win of season.
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, November 21, 2022
The Buffalo Bills overcame a 77-inch snowfall in Western New York to hand the Browns their seventh loss of the year at Ford Field in Detroit.
DETROIT – There was a growing sense of unease amongst Bills mafia over the past couple of weeks.
Coming into their matchup with the Browns on the heels of two straight losses – one being to the New York Jets for their second divisional loss – the Bills found themselves slipping down the order in AFC seniority.
If that wasn’t enough adversity for this team, they were handed some more with the news that Western New York was in line to get hit by one of the worst snow storms the country had seen in almost a century.
Forecasts were calling for well over five feet of snow come game time on Sunday afternoon with the prospect of a white out game appealing to fans all over the world.
The League, though, wanting a more feasible option, opted to move the game to Detroit with the Lions taking a trip to New Jersey to play the Giants.
So over the Ford field Buffalo went with a large following making their way out of state to go watch their Bills.
The Bills came out of the gate looking just as lacklustre as they have in recent weeks. The Browns opened up the game with a statement drive, marching downfield on 11 plays to find the endzone for an early 7-0 lead.
The offence didn’t fare much better, knocking home two field goals on their four opening drives. The lack of production sparked some frustrations on the sideline with Stefon Diggs visibly pressed about his lack of targets with head coach Sean McDermott, as the star receiver hadn’t collected even a single target heading into the second quarter.
But just before the half was where Buffalo started to look alive.
On their fifth drive of the game, Josh Allen was able to lead the offense downfield in just under two minutes, capping off the drive with a very familiar bullet to Diggs in the back of the endzone.
The second half was a return to form for Ken Dorsey’s offence as Allen and the Bills were able to score a touchdown, and four field goals on every remaining drive they had in the game. The effort saw them secure the 31-23 win in the Motor City. it wasn’t the most productive of games for Allen who’s been averaging well over 300 yards per game this season as he finished 18-27 with 197 yards and one passing touchdown
But for a short period of time, there was a growing belief the Bills would be unable to even make it to Detroit for gametime. By Saturday morning, a whopping 77 inches of snow had fallen around Orchard Park, with a large number of the players trapped in their homes and unsure if they’d be able to make it to the team facility to fly out in time.
But the city rallied together as both players and coaches shared stories of neighbours and fans, helping shovel and clear paths around players’ houses in order for them to be able to get where they needed to be.
Josh Allen discussed postgame about neighbours coming with snowblowers and shovels ready to aid in his ability to leave his house with Dawson Knox sharing a video of him and fellow tight end Todd Sweeney, making their way down the street with an assembly line of community members shoveling a path for the two Bills’ players.
Knox shared in the locker postgame that the good Samaritans got started early on Saturday morning, as he recounted looking out his window to find multiple neighbours shovelling his driveway.
"They just showed up without me asking or saying anything," Knox said of his neighbors. "And I got a long driveway, too, so they were working hard."
It was a nice gesture that Knox credits his good performance to as the fourth year tight end had a career game hauling in all 7 targets he had for a total of 70 yards.
The Bills improve to 7-3 now as they’ll take a short trip back home before returning to Detroit – this time as the away team – to face off against the Lions Thursday for the Thanksgiving special.