The Buffalo Bills are peaking at the right time, as their performance showed again today in another dominant win. This time the Denver Broncos were the victims, losing on their home turf, 48-19. Here are my top three takeaways from today’s division title clinching win:
Finally, AFC East Champs again
It’s been a long time Bills Mafia, but Buffalo finally is the AFC EAST champions again. It’s their first division title since 1995 and, by the way they’re playing, it won’t be the only one in the foreseeable future.
The Bills had been one of the biggest laughing stocks in the league, with their previously longest playoff drought and recently with the “oh the Colts have won the AFC East more recently than the Bills” talk. Well, the rival fan bases are running out of jokes it seems. Under head coach Sean McDermott, Buffalo’s clinched their third playoff appearance in four years, and they now hold the division crown.
The results are great, but they don’t tell the whole story. It’s a team that had been winning despite some clear and worrisome flaws. Not anymore, though. They’re dominating their opponents with a potent offense, led by a true MVP-caliber quarterback. The passing game leads the way but the rushing offense is improving too. The previously struggling defense finally is looking like the top three unit we’ve been used to watch in the last couple of years. The special teams have been making plays and playing consistently well, for the most part.
This team is playing as well as anybody in the league, and they have a shot at going all the way to a Super Bowl. I didn’t believe I’d be able to write this in 2020, but they’ve made enough to deserve this confidence. Those Bills are for real.
Josh Allen is a superstar QB
There’s no way around it, Allen developed into a superstar quarterback in the NFL. He’s simply too talented, too tough and too multidimensional to be stopped. You can try to contain Allen, but you can’t stop him, and we routinely can see it on the faces of the opposing players and coaches.
Gorgeous play by Allen. In complete control. pic.twitter.com/I4gI1JqQPy— Erik Turner (@ErikJTurner) December 20, 2020
Even better for the Bills, it seems that all the scrutiny threw his way since he entered the league just put a big chip on his shoulder, one that nobody’s gonna be able to remove. Today Allen played another potential “best game of his career,” the third or fourth we’ve seen in 2020. He punished Denver with his arm, his legs and his football IQ.
Allen is cookin pic.twitter.com/Sta0qcVHlm— Erik Turner (@ErikJTurner) December 20, 2020
He clearly played like a man who wanted to make them regret passing him with the fifth overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft, completing 28-of-40 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns and adding 33 yards and another two scores on the ground.
It’s been fun to watch Allen’s growth right in front of our eyes, week after week. What some people previously took with a grain of salt, now is widely recognized as undeniable truth. He’s a superstar and an MVP candidate. Enjoy the ride Bills Mafia, it’s just beginning.
Two divisional matchups ahead to prepare for the run
Now Buffalo has two tough divisional matchups before the playoffs start. Those games are never easy and the Bills are still looking for the best seed possible ahead of the postseason. The first playoff game in Buffalo since the 90s is a reality but finishing the season with wins against New England and Miami surely can be the cherry on the cake.
Allen trails Drew Bledsoe (4,359, 2002) by 359 yards for the most in team history.— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) December 20, 2020
Diggs trails Eric Moulds (1,368, 1998) by 54 yards for the most in team history. https://t.co/MUnZKyi6pi
Those two teams are still trying to sneak in the postseason and should offer big challenges before the big dance starts. It’s going to be good preparation for a deep playoff run but, at the same time, an opportunity to get healthier and even rest some key players for the decisive games.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the coaching staff deals with the last couple of games before what should be a deep playoff run. For the first time since “The Process” began Buffalo enters the postseason with real aspirations and those last two games should be taken carefully.