Even though the Buffalo Bills amassed just 176 total yards and failed to score a touchdown, Sean McDermott is sticking with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback heading into the team’s Week 3 contest with the unbeaten Denver Broncos. Taylor and the entire offensive unit struggled against the Panthers. Even the vaunted run game was absent as Buffalo went three quarters before finally getting its first points early in the fourth on a Steven Hauschka field goal.
The offense did nothing, especially in the first half. Buffalo managed just one first down and ran 16 plays in five drives. Three of the first four drives were three-and-outs and the last closed out the first half. It was as pathetic a display of offense that one will see in the NFL and one the Bills need to put behind them fast as they move on to the Broncos stout defense. Things did pick up a little after halftime. The Bills got a first down on their first two plays after the break, but their deepest penetration the entire afternoon was the Carolina 27-yard line.
Overlooked in the carnage was the play of Buffalo’s defense, which played another solid game in McDermott’s return to Carolina. The Bills didn’t allow a touchdown and sacked Cam Newton six times with another seven quarterback hits. They allowed 255 yards and prevented the Panthers from scoring a touchdown in three red zone trips. Facing Denver’s “No Fly Zone” this week, it’ll be up to the defense to shut down Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense to get an upset victory.
2017 Record: 1-1
2017 ATS Record: 2-0
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 0-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +12500
Current Odds to Win AFC: +6600
Current Odds to Win AFC East: +1250
Current NFL Odds: Bills +1
Over/Under Total: 41
Week 2: Panthers 9, Bills 3
ATS Result: Bills +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
It wasn’t the type of performance that wins football games with the Bills coming out on the short end of a 9-3 score. Buffalo amassed a total of 176 yards, LeSean McCoy was held to nine yards on 12 carries and Taylor couldn’t generate anything through the air as the Bills played below the closing total for the second straight week. At least the defense kept Buffalo in the game and they had a chance with the ball in Carolina territory late. But they couldn’t convert.
Week 1: Bills 21, Jets 12
ATS Result: Bills -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
Buffalo got a fourth quarter touchdown run from Mike Tolbert to push the lead to 21-12 and the Bills defense did the rest, giving them a cover win. The Jets are offensively-challenged and when Buffalo eliminated the ground game, Josh McCown wasn’t able to do anything through the air. Buffalo was able to keep the score below the closing total by holding New York to 214 yards of total offense.
Preseason Record: 1-3
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The Bills won’t compete with the Patriots for the division crown and neither will the other teams in the AFC East. So that leaves Buffalo fighting it out for a Wild Card berth and winning games against teams they should beat, and especially when those games are at home, is a must. The Bills lost both games last season to a 5-win Jets team and ending that curse while getting the McDermott regime off on the right foot is crucial for the long-term success of the club.
Week 1: Bills vs. Jets, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Bills at Panthers, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Bills vs. Broncos, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Bills at Falcons, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Bills at Bengals, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: Bills vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Bills vs. Raiders, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bills at Jets, Thursday, November 2, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 10: Bills vs. Saints, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Bills at Rams, Sunday, November 19, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Bills at Chiefs, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Bills vs. Patriots, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Bills vs. Colts, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Bills vs. Dolphins, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Bills at Patriots, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Bills at Dolphins, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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