There was a brief moment on Saturday when the NFL world collectively held its breath as positive COVID-19 results were surfacing; first with several members of the Tennessee Titans, then New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, and finally with a player on the New Orleans Saints. Further tests for all those teams came back negative on Sunday, so Week 4 kicked off as planned, with the Patriots game now shifted to Monday night.
As they have been doing all season so far, the Bills got off to a quick start as quarterback Josh Allen marched down the field on the first possession of the game, capping off a 75-yard drive with a touchdown pass to rookie receiver Gabriel Davis.
Allen has been on fire to start the year, putting up totals of 27, 31, and 35 points in each previous game. Week 4 was no exception, as the Bills hit the 30-point mark for the third straight game, once again distributing the ball around the offense to all of his receivers and backs. The third-year quarterback delivered another touchdown to Cole Beasley in the second quarter, while also running one in at the goal line in the fourth. Devin Singletary rushed in the fourth Bills touchdown to salt the game away after a fumble by Raiders tight end Darren Waller that was punched out and recovered by defensive back Josh Norman, making his Buffalo debut.
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The Raiders got off to a slow start in this game and found themselves down 14-3 by the beginning of the second quarter. It was an efficient passing day for Derek Carr, but unlike the game in Week 2 against the Saints, Carr was unable to finish drives off with touchdowns. Instead, Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals as the Bills defense was able to withstand the Raiders onslaught. Carr still managed to complete 32 of his 44 pass attempts, with two touchdowns and 20 yards rushing; a solid stat line, overall. Running back Josh Jacobs showed that he may still have been bothered by the injury that had been nagging him all week in practice. Jacobs rushed 15 times for 48 yards and three catches for 25 yards through the air. Number-one target Darren Waller had 9 catches for 88 yards, but his lone fumble may have cost the Raiders a chance to come back.
The Buffalo Bills are now 4-0 to start the season for the first time since 2008, and they look every bit the part of a division leader thus far.
The next two weeks are crucial for Buffalo. Up first is a smash mouth game against the Titans in Week 5, followed by a potential AFC playoff preview when the Bills visit Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Week 6. The Raiders will get first-crack at the Chiefs, however, as they visit Kansas City in Week 5 for a huge divisional match-up, prior to their bye.
Can the Bills keep this up? Maybe. Their schedule has been fairly soft thus far, so the next two weeks will tell where this team actually stands among the AFC’s best.
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