This one was ugly. The Bills couldn’t find any rhythm on offense and were annihilated by the Packers in Green Bay, 22-0. Even in such an uninspired offensive performance, we could find some positives on the defensive side of the ball. Here are the Week 4 studs and duds, Bills Mafia:
CB Taron Johnson
3rd and 6
Bills send a zone blitz with Johnson coming off the edge. The DBs play palms coverage. Hughes dropping threw Rodgers off and Johnson comes in HOT!!! Big play. He was quite possibly the best defender Sunday. pic.twitter.com/IOWSGG32BV
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) October 2, 2018
The bright spot in this game was the Bills’ defense. They were able to limit Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense to 22 points and just one passing TD on the day. The secondary played a great game with the QB buying so much time in the pocket to make plays. Johnson showed all his tackling ability, always hitting his opponents hard and even forcing a fumble on a well-designed nickel blitz. The rookie had also a strong game in coverage, allowing just three receptions for 25 yards on six passes thrown his way. He earned a 77.8 Pro Football Focus overall grade, good for second-best on the defense in this game. Johnson keeps growing with playing time and is looking more and more like a solid find by GM Brandon Beane in the last draft.
CB Ryan Lewis
If Johnson was the second best Bill in the game according to PFF, who was the first? Lewis is the answer. The former practice squad player is showing a lot of promise since being inserted in the starting lineup last week. He’s holding his own against the opposing number two WRs and earning the job full time, even when Philip Gaines comes back from injury. The only bad play by Lewis was one deep pass where he was burned by the Packers’ rookie receiver, Marques Valdes-Scantling for 38 yards. Outside of that, Lewis had a very positive game, keeping his assignments out of the endzone, forcing one fumble and almost coming up with a huge pick-six. PFF gave him an 80.5 overall grade in his game, best on the team. Lewis is another nice find in this young CB group.
Honorable mention: CB Tre’Davious White, LB Tremaine Edmunds, LT Dion Dawkins
QB Josh Allen
After a nice little 5 yard out to Holmes it is 3rd and 5.
GB brings 1 more than the Bills can block.
This Josh Allen needs to go back to Wyoming
1st half is done pic.twitter.com/dvKXQEShP4
— YardsPerPass (@YardsPerPass) October 2, 2018
Really tough day for the rookie QB. Allen held the ball too long, couldn’t recognize and beat blitzes, and was erratic with his throws. His awful interception at the end of the first half that cost the team three points. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll put the ball in his hands and he couldn’t deliver. Allen finished the day completing 16 of 33 passes for 151 yards and two INTs. He was sacked seven more times and PFF has him ranked 29th of 32 QBs when facing pressure this season, with a 31.4 grade in those situations. Anyway, it was a good experience for the rookie. If he’s going to be a franchise QB, he needs to be prepared for those bad games and have the personality to rebound.
OC Brian Daboll
You can’t win at the Lambeau Field giving your best player just eight touches in the afternoon. This was the case with LeSean McCoy, and the entire gameplan was very questionable. Daboll gave up on the running game too early, putting too much pressure on his rookie QB and he clearly wasn’t ready for it. He also failed to prepare Allen to counter the constant Packers blitzes and his offense was a mess all day long as the result. Daboll needs to give a positive answer in the next game versus the good Titans defense. HC Sean McDermott couldn’t be satisfied with what he saw from his offense in Green Bay.
Honorable mention: WR and TE groups, RT Jordan Mills