In the most improbable game of the season so far, the Bills did it. Buffalo dominated the opposition playing a smash mouth type of football and trashing the Vikings at their home turf, 27-6. It was a joy to watch, and it was a rare afternoon in which it was difficult to find any Bills players struggling. In honor of the awesome game played by the entire team, today we exceptionally will have three studs and just one dud. Here they are, Bills fans:
QB Josh Allen
I like Allen's decision to quickly pitch it. Take what you can get and save yourself a big hit. 4 yd gain. pic.twitter.com/051JM1mXNK— Cover 1 (@Cover1) September 24, 2018
Like I already wrote in the four biggest takeaways from this game, Allen was awesome in his first start away from the New Era Field. He clearly was the centerpiece of the Bills’ offense, making everyone around him better. Brian Daboll utilized him in a similar way to how the Panthers use Cam Newton, taking advantage of the big bodied QB’s skillset to keep Minnesota’s D on its toes. The rookie finished the game completing 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards and one score. He avoided any INTs and rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries, scoring two more TDs. Pro Football Focus noted it was Allen’s best game so far, earning a 76.0 overall grade. They also highlighted how successful he was out of play-action fakes, completing 10 of 15 passes for 144 yards and one score. Great game by Allen.
DE Jerry Hughes
Khalil Mack and Jerry Hughes lead all edge defenders in total pressures so far this season. pic.twitter.com/gN3LCsoel6— PFF (@PFF) September 24, 2018
What a game by the Bills’ top pass rushing threat. Hughes was a nightmare for Minnesota’s LT, Riley Reiff, consistently beating him off the edge. The Vikings had no answer for him, who alongside Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Trent Murphy, wreaked havoc all day long. The defensive end finished the game with one tackle, a sack, and a forced fumble, but his impact was even greater. PFF had Hughes leading all NFL edge defenders in week 3 with 13 pressures. Now he has 20 total pressures on the season, tied for first in the league among edge defenders.
LB Tremaine Edmunds
Edmunds— Cover 1 (@Cover1) September 23, 2018
“Pop goes the weasel cuz the weasel goes pop!” pic.twitter.com/7WW8Bzj5qG
After getting exploited by the Chargers’ offense a week ago, the rookie linebacker rebounded nicely. Edmunds set the tone with 10 tackles, leading the defense to the second-best game against the run in the franchise history, allowing just 14 yards on the ground. PFF gave him an 85.8 overall grade, fifth best in the league among LBs in Week 3. He also looked improved in coverage and popped out one pass, which resulted in an amazing Matt Milano INT. Both played great, but Edmunds was the leader of the defense.
Honorable mention: Entire Defense, RB Chris Ivory, P Corey Bojorquez
WR Kelvin Benjamin
3rd and 6— Cover 1 (@Cover1) September 24, 2018
Vikings play combo coverage to the bunch, but the Bills want the Iso route to KB. Gotta give it to Allen, KB already dropped one and he is matched up vs. Rhodes. He doesn't care. Decisive throw vs blitz. CATCH THE BALL. pic.twitter.com/XKzNDOu2J2
It wasn’t a completely bad game by the wideout, but as the Bills’ top target and the centerpiece of the passing game, we expect more from Benjamin. Despite tying for a team-leading three receptions, the former Carolina Panther dropped two passes, one being a would-be TD grab. I still believe in Benjamin and think his chemistry with Allen will continue to grow in the next few weeks, but he needs to be better than this.
Honorable mention: WR Zay Jones, WR Robert Foster, TE Charles Clay