The Buffalo Bills’ 2022 season ended in the AFC Divisional Round with a demoralizing 27-10 home loss to the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and a 1-1 mark in the playoffs. There are a lot of questions to ask heading into the 2023 offseason, but before we turn the page on 2022 to write the next chapter in Bills’ history, let’s take a few minutes to look at some “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Buffalo Bills throughout the 2022 season.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills’ last four playoff losses under McDermott have been YIKERS?
The Bills’ defense has practically no-showed during their biggest games. In the last game of the season throughout the last four years, all playoff losses have seen Buffalo allow 32.75 points per game. They have squandered 440.75 yards per game. What might be the most painful gut punch is that in three of those four games, the Bills gave up leads. Now that you are good and frustrated, I’ll remind everyone I haven’t even mentioned 13 seconds yet. Now that you hate me, I promise there is just one more negative statistic, then I will switch to positives for the final three.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills went from bad to worse vs. the Bengals?
If the above stats aren’t bad enough, the Bills were simply inept in the Divisional Round versus Cincinnati. At the end of the first quarter, Buffalo had just eight yards of offense. Not because the Bengals were running some slow, grind-it-out offense. It was because the Bills weren’t executing in any facet themselves. Their plays were a two-yard pass, four-yard pass, incompletion, punt; then a three-yard run, a two-yard run, incompletion, punt; then a loss of three yards on a sack. The score was already 14-0 by the time the first 15 minutes clicked off the clock. It wasn’t just the offense either, as indicated by the score. The Bengals mustered 234 total yards of offense in their Wild Card win over the Ravers, meanwhile, they had 276 net yards in the first half in Orchard Park.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is still on a GOAT trajectory?
Josh Allen had a no-good, very bad day against Cincinnati. It was exemplified when it was in a crushing playoff defeat. All that said, the Bills still have their QB of the now and next decade, one who should end up destroying the franchise’s record books. Josh Allen’s 18,397 passing yards are already third all-time in Bills’ history. He needs to average 4,597 yards over the next two years to pass Joe Ferguson for second all-time. That isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Allen has put up 4,411 yards per season in the last three seasons. He’s also already halfway to Jim Kelly’s record of 35,467 career passing yards. When it comes to career passing touchdowns, Allen is also third-best all-time. He needs just 43 to pass Ferguson for second. It isn’t unrealistic that he catches that mark in 2023. As for the top spot, that, too, belongs to Kelly. Allen is 99 behind the top spot and could track that down in a couple of high-end seasons as well. That’s Allen’s arm, but his legs are where he separates. Josh Allen, a quarterback, is already third all-time in rushing TDs and 11th all-time in rushing yards.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… give me more “divas” like Stefon Diggs?
Yep! I'm ok with a "diva" voicing his displeasure with his squad getting smoked in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/HwTahkNGev— Greg Vorse TV (@GregVorse) January 23, 2023
Many of the same points about Josh Allen re-writing the Bills’ history books as a quarterback can be applied to Stefon Diggs as a Bills’ wide receiver. The Maryland product already has the franchise’s top three seasons in receiving yards. Oh, that would be his only three years in Buffalo. His 11 and 10 TD campaigns rank first and third in franchise history, respectively. He’s also the only Bills’ WR to ever earn first-team All-Pro honors.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… all the stuff we thought might rally the Bills to a Super Bowl could have been too much for any team?
We all hoped the Bills would be able to turn all the adversity they faced into explosive energy, which would guide them to a parade in Buffalo, but in the end, this team looked mentally depleted. They witnessed a teammate collapse, and many went to bed not knowing if Damar Hamlin would be alive when they woke up. They suffered through two deadly blizzards, moving a game to Detroit and beating Cleveland in the process. They saw season-ending injuries to superstars Von Miller and Micah Hyde. Off the field, this group rallied behind a city that was ripped to pieces by a racist who massacred ten beautiful souls. I’m missing more examples, but we all understand the toll this group collected. I usually scream “no excuses” from the mountaintop, but in the end, enough may have been enough for this group.