While the AFC East contender Buffalo Bills were expected to get off to a 1-0 start, one could not have dreamed of a better start in the first half for the club. On the first series of the game, the staunch defense of the Bills forced a three-and-out to get the ball, only for young quarterback Josh Allen to fumble to ball the very next series.
From then on, however, the Bills took control. While the running game struggled on Sunday, the Bills passing game took full control. Josh Allen started the game 7/7, and finished off the first touchdown drive of the season with a touchdown run for himself, scampering in for a two-yard touchdown run. It would appear the Bills made an effort to get the passing game going in what was a windy afternoon in Orchard Park, New York.
The Bills forced another another three-and-out on defense, getting the ball back for their offense, and the offense answered by taking the ball down the field again for another touchdown. The drive was aided by a long-yardage pass interference call, but Allen delived a nice strike to wide receiver John Brown, setting up a short four-yard touchdown pass to rookie Zack Moss, where Allen scrambled a bit to find the open man.
After forcing another stop on defense, the Bills got the ball back again, and methodically moved the ball down the field again. After moving the ball down the field, Josh Allen capped off yet another touchdown drive with 17-yard pass to John “Smokey” Brown, landing the Bills a 21-0 lead and what amounted to be a safe margin.
The Bills defense forced its first turnover of the day on the ensuing drive, with Matt Milano picking off third-year quarterback Sam Darnold to get the ball back for their offense. Unfortunately, the offense would give the ball right back, with Allen coughing up the football to give it right back to the Jets. That drive would finish with a field goal, with a score heading into halftime of 21-3.
The second half felt like more of a running out the game for the bills, as they controlled clock for much of the second half. The Bills managed to run clock and tack on a couple of field goals, while the Jets got a little bit of flow going and a couple of touchdowns, headlined by Jamison Crowder’s long touchdown catch early in the second half.
In the end, the Bills had a fairly controlled and dominating victory to start off the 2020 NFL season, controlling the game from start to finish. While you would have liked to see a blowout victory, the conditions in Western New York called for a more controlled offensive game-plan to ensure as few of turnovers as possible.
The Bills will take their 1-0 record and head south next to Florida, as they take on the 0-1 Miami Dolphins, a good chance to go to 2-0.