The Bills had their act together in a Week 1 win

Attention to detail was very evident in their play

Paul Hamilton
September 10, 2017 - 5:48 pm
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - Before you all give me a hard time that it was only the New York Jets, there were definitely some things to like from the 21-12 victory.

First of all, it was nice to see a well-organized a prepared football team. That is a HUGE difference from the past two years. Sean McDermott is now 1-0 as a NFL head coach and it looks to me like he has his team and coaches prepared for anything. In his mind, no detail is too small. In Rex Ryan’s mind there was no such thing as details.

It was nice to see a defense on the field that wasn’t standing there with their arms outstretched wondering what the call is. There was never a play where half the defense had their backs turned to the line of scrimmage as the ball was being snapped because they had no idea where they should be.

There’s no question there were penalties that hurt, but there were only six of them.

Buffalo only had to defend the run 13 times. Bilal Powell and Matt Forte had 38-yards on 13 carries. That’s only 2.9-yards per carry.

The defense decided to put the ball in Josh McCown’s hands as he threw the ball 39 times. He did complete 26 of them, but he only amassed 187-yards.

Jordan Poyer’s first game as a Bill was a great one. In the second quarter he come in untouched and sacked McCown.

In the fourth quarter the Jets had the ball at the Buffalo 37 trying to tie the game. On 3rd and 8, Poyer went up with wide receiver Robby Anderson and came down with an interception at the Bills 23. After Poyer landed on his back, Anderson stole the ball away, but the play was over by contact.

Poyer’s partner at safety, Micah Hyde is also new to the Bills. Hyde had the interception the sealed the win. New York had the ball on its own 41 after a poor punt from Colton Schmidt. On first down, Hyde picked off McCown at the Bills 41 and all Tyrod Taylor had to do was kneel down.

On offense there was only one time I thought to myself, “What are they doing out there?” That thought used to go through my mind for most of the game with Ryan on the sideline. That one time came when the Bills had first-and-goal from the Jets two. Rick Dennison called a pitch to Mike Tolbert and he lost eight yards as he tried to get outside.

Thanks to that call, Taylor had a third-and-goal from the eight and threw a horrible pass to Charles Clay at the goal line. Clay reached behind him, deflected it and it was intercepted by Juston Burris.

Taylor was the same Tyrod that we’ve seen since he’s had the starting role. He had some horrendous throws and some very good throws. He had a one-yard touchdown to Clay and a one-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes. He protected the football and ran for some big first downs gaining 38 yards on eight carries.

Taylor’s passing numbers were 16 of 28 for 224-yards and that one interception.

The offense was LeSean McCoy’s show. McCoy had some big plays including a 27-yard run and receptions for 21 and 18-yards. McCoy gained 110-yards on the ground averaging five-yards per-carry. Overall, he had 159 total yards.

With the attention to detail which led to a win, McCoy felt his coach deserved much of the credit, “Coach McDermott deserved the game ball. Best thing about him is his leadership.”

The season has a long ways to go and there are going to be times where we are wondering what are they doing? There are going to be times where they have trouble substituting players. There are going to be times where the penalties will be too much to overcome, but for one week to open a season, it was just nice to season all the little details taken care of so we could just watch football.

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