Week 2 Takeways

Alex Campbell
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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There's no need to panic.  After an ugly week 1 loss to the Jets, the Bills bounced back with a dominant 38-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.  Instead of turning the ball over 4 times, Josh Allen went 31/37 for 274 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions.  It was a get right game for him, and he got it right.  Many fans and media experts we're ready to worry about this team, but this beat down of the Raiders shows that Buffalo is still a contender in the AFC. 



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The Bills defense is capable of big things.  They allowed a paltry 10 points against the Raiders, and more impressively, pitched a shutout in the second half.  Linebackers Matt Milano and Terrel Bernard each had an interception.  For Bernard it was the first of his career.  The defensive line made a great effort as well.  Ed Oliver had a big tackle for loss early on that really set the tone.  Greg Rousseau and DaQuan Jones also registered TFLs in the rout.  Raiders star runningback, Josh Jacobs had -2 yards rushing on the day.  It was the first game since the NFL-AFL merger where the reigning NFL rushing champion finished a game with a negative rushing total.  If that's doesn't sum up the Bills performance on defense, I'm not sure what does. This performance showed that Buffalo's defense is right up there with the best in the league. 



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The Bills high powered offense isn't dead.  Touchdowns were a plenty for Allen and the Bills offense.  Five different players scored touchdowns for them: Damien Harris and Latavius Murray scored on the ground, and Gabe Davis, Khalil Shakir, and Dawson knox each recored a receiving TD. James Cook looked like his older brother Dalvin in this one, registering 124 yards on the ground.  And none of this offensive production would have been possible without a stellar performance from the offensive line.