Five takeaways from the Buffalo Bills’ 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns
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The Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns on Friday night [url=http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/matt-milano-jersey-authentic]Youth Matt Milano Jersey[/url] , and for as much intrigue as there was heading into the game, there might be more heading out of it. The quarterback competition was thrown for a loop, the Bills suffered some legitimate injuries that should worry fans, and the offensive line might be to blame.Here are my five takeaways:How are you going to keep Josh Allen from starting?The Bills rookie seems destined to start the third preseason game next weekend. On Friday night against Cleveland, Allen demonstrated poise leading three scoring drives and going 9/13 for 60 yards. One of those incompletions was a spike to kill the clock.Allen threw a touchdown pass on a pretty play, where he avoided the pass rush and kept his eyes down the field to find his receiver running free on a crossing route in the end zone. It brought a tear to my eye.AJ McCarron breaks his collarboneFurther complicating the Bills’ quarterback competition, Friday’s starter was sidelined with injury. It happened as he was supposed to be replaced anyway, so no one knew until the second half, but McCarron broke his collarbone on a hit by Myles Garrett.The veteran QB was hounded by the Browns pass rush all night, ad the offensive line was putrid in front of him and the slower-developing passes he hit a week ago didn’t have a chance to materialize. He’ll be out a minimum of eight weeks.Legit concerns on the first-team offensive lineIt’s time to pick the starting center and go with it. Early in the first quarter, a miscommunication between center Russell Bodine and left guard Vlad Ducasse left a free pass rush to sack the quarterback. LeSean McCoy and the rest of the running backs was met in the backfield routinely and the Bills just couldn’t get a rhythm going on the first-team offense. Ducasse also drew a holding call later.From the depths rise challengesThought to be dead and put out to pasture, tight end Nick O’Leary and receiver Austin Proehl each made plays with the third team, including an O’Leary touchdown catch on a blown coverage. Both has slid down the depth charts but strong showings Friday mean it’s not over.Injuries a concern for the first timeThe Bills had been relatively healthy this offseason, losing only defensive tackle John Hughes to injury. Against the Browns, defensive tackle Kyle Williams left with a knee injury, then McCarron, then backup punter Cory Carter and tight end Jason Croom both exited. With the team dealing with an injury to defensive end Trent Murphy and receiver Brandon Reilly and Cam Phillips, the injury list is getting longer by the day.Five Minnesota Vikings we watched: Buffalo Bills shut down Stefon Diggs, Kirk Cousins The Buffalo Bills traveled to Wisconsin Minneapolis on Sunday and were involved in an unexpected lopsided affair with the Minnesota Vikings. True, most people expected things would be lopsided Sunday. The unexpected portion [url=http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/zay-jones-jersey-authentic]Womens Zay Jones Jersey[/url] , however, was that Buffalo laid the wood to Minnesota, dominating in every facet of the game on their way to an impressive 27-6 victory over the Vikings. What could go wrong for Buffalo in a matchup against a team thought to be a Super Bowl contender? Nothing at all, at least on Sunday. The Bills were able to shut down Minnesota’s offensive weapons, and they also controlled the tempo and the ball on their way to steamrolling Minnesota’s highly-touted defense. Here is a look at how the Bills fared against the five Vikings we were watching this weekend.QB Kirk CousinsThe Bills took Cousins out of his rhythm right from the jump. On Minnesota’s first two possessions, Cousins was forced into third-and-long situations. On each of those third down plays, he fumbled. First, it was Trent Murphy hitting Cousins to force a fumble that Lorenzo Alexander recovered. Then, it was Jerry Hughes coming around the edge to strip Cousins. That fumble was recovered by Matt Milano. Overall, Cousins completed 40-of-55 passing attempts for 296 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He was sacked four times, and the Bills hit him five more times. It was not a banner day for Cousins.RB Latavius MurrayWhile game situation certainly played a part in the Vikings’ offensive playcalling, it’s pretty shocking how little the team tried to run the football. Minnesota attempted six rushes on the entire day, and 2 of those were Cousins scrambles. Murray handled 2 carries, totaling 1 yard. He also made 5 catches for 30 yards. Even when the team was trailing, attempting to establish any semblance of a running game may have stemmed the tide early on. Yes, Buffalo had 17 points in the first quarter, but with 45 minutes of football left to play, abandoning the run entirely just isn’t sound strategy. Murray was a total non-factor in the game. WR Stefon DiggsMinnesota’s talented receivers were thought to be a challenge for Buffalo [url=http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/kyle-williams-jersey-authentic]Womens Kyle Williams Jersey[/url] , but we had confidence that Tre’Davious White could lock down whichever receiver he was assigned to guard. That turned out to be Diggs on Sunday, as Minnesota’s wideout was forced to wear White like a Snuggie all afternoon. Diggs made 4 catches for just 17 yards, and he had no opportunities to break free or use his speed to burn the Bills deep. If we needed any other reminders as to how good White is, this game should serve as yet another clue—he is one of the best in the business.DE Danielle HunterHunter kept on his season’s pace, adding 5 tackles and 1 sack to his 2018 ledger. Overall, the 23-year old has 13 tackles and 3 sacks, having notched a quarterback takedown in each game thus far in 2018. The Bills were able to neutralize Minnesota’s pass rush, for the most part, and when there were free rushers, quarterback Josh Allen used his mobility to escape. Hunter was a bright spot in the game for the Vikings.S Harrison SmithMinnesota’s excellent secondary looked pedestrian on Sunday, allowing Allen to throw for 196 yards and 1 touchdown on the day. The touchdown was caused by a broken coverage, as the Bills ran some motion in the backfield to set up what looked like a screen play. However, tight end Jason Croom leaked up the sideline after pretending he was going to block, and no one in Minnesota’s secondary was anywhere near him when he caught the pass. The motion fooled everyone, including the veteran Smith, who could have served as the last line of defense on the play had he not bitten on the screen action. Smith had 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hit on the afternoon.
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