When hopes for the playoffs begin to sink, the bill will be rejected and displayed


Orchard Park, NY (AP) —Buffalo Bills seems to deny identifying the shortcomings and upcoming challenges of being in the AFC Playoffs photo.

The signs were apparent for most of the season, but the lack of self-awareness became apparent as follows: 14-10 losses to New England Monday night, when Bills withered in a ferocious element against Patriots’ relentless running attack.

Sean McDermott dismissed questions about New England’s harsh plans and suggested that Patriots coach Bill Belichick not be given too much credit.

Still, McDermott confirmed that Belichick did more with less in the game, but the Patriots had a field position disadvantage and rookie Mac Jones threw just three times to win. ..

Bills Safety Jordan Poyer clearly suggested that the defense had come to an end by limiting New England to 14 points, 11 first downs and 241 yards. Still, he overlooked important defensive turning points, such as a gapped hole that Damien Harris went through to score a goal on a 64-yard run.

To make matters worse, in the third quarter, the defense wasn’t stopped by the buffalo back. Instead, defense allowed New England to finish the goal in the fourth quarter with a 14-play, 59-yard drive capped by Nick Folk’s 34-yard field goal, consuming an 8:34 watch. ..

At the very least, Josh Allen and the offense have admitted that they are dissatisfied with managing just 10 points on four drives within the Patriots 20.

Bills won the AFC East title for the first time since 1995, won 13 games for the first time since 1991, lost to Kansas City in the conference championship, and enjoyed the deepest playoffs of 27 years with confidence a year ago. Not a group. game.

The bill can be hated to defeat the Chiefs this year, but has continued since improving to 4-1 with a 38-20 victory in Kansas City on October 10. Consistently inconsistent I fell to 7-5 with a pattern of losing -1 and winning -1.

Buffalo hasn’t overcome the deficit in the second half and is struggling to run and stop the ball, breaking the record primarily for backups and rookie quarterbacks.

Perhaps left tackle Dion Dawkins had the best glimpse of the team’s fragile spirit last week when asked how Bills managed the pressure of higher expectations this year.

“We are only fighting to remain us,” Dawkins said.

“As you’ve seen, it was a battle up and down. It’s never easy. There were lots of lessons. There were lots of hard days,” he added. “In this league, not everything is promised, it is shown.”

Bills seems to be a team that isn’t ready to deal with the trap of success, cracking the carefully maintained culture that was established when McDermott arrived in 2017.

Concerns began in the spring, and McDermott and GM Brandon Bean raised concerns that the team would be at a competitive disadvantage if the player was not vaccinated. Several players, including recipient Cole Beasley, chose to ignore the message aloud.

Concerns were recognized last month when defensive tackle Star Rotreley missed four games and Spencer-Brown, a right tackle on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, started two games. Buffalo could also have used backup linebacker AJ Klein’s run-stop presence against the Patriots if he hadn’t landed on the COVID-19 list hours before the kick-off.

As the mixed message progresses, McDermott claims he will continue to reach his player, but in the next breath the team is not running.

Buffalo scheduling is not easy. Next is a trip to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Bills confronts his old enemy, Tom Brady. While in New England, Brady fought 32-3 against Buffalo and set an NFL record for most wins in quarterbacks against one opponent.

What’s working

Take away Allen’s ability to expand play with one hand with his maneuverability.

Things in need of help

The season may be too late to expect Buffalo’s running attack to find a foot. Allen’s 422 yards in a hurry with a 75 carry is almost half of the total 893 yards. The 213 Carry was created by Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida.

Stock up

WR Gabriel Davis has won Buffalo’s only TD, demonstrating a better relationship with Allen than veteran Emmanuel Sanders.

Reduce inventory

TE Dawson Knox. Only two of the six thrown passes were caught, and Buffalo faced third and ninth in New England 13 and was flagged as a false start with 2:11 remaining. The game failed for Knox to defeat Adrian Phillips (which may have been flagged for hold) in the end zone in the next play, followed by Allen’s pass struck with a four-down goal line. It was decided by that.

Injured

No report.

Key number

78 — Bills scored a total of 5 losses, compared to 258 with 7 wins this season.

Next step

His coverage ability wasn’t needed for New England, but the absence of a cornerback Toledavius ​​White (broken left knee ligament) could be the key to the NFL-leading pass attack for the Brady and Buccaneers. there is.

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