Buffalo Bills: Can Josh Allen and Co. Be a Wild Card?
The Buffalo Bills were faced with a tough test on the road on Monday night football against a tough and pesky San Francisco 49ers defense. Josh Allen sparked Buffalo to a 34-24 win over San Francisco.
He continues to make a case for the 2020 MVP campaign. Josh Allen torched the San Francisco 49ers secondary by completing 32-of-40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 11 yards on six carries.
Allen is the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills. He continues to grow each and every single game he plays in.
One of the biggest helps for him this offseason has been the acquisition of Stefon Diggs. He caught 10 passes for 92 yards receiving. Diggs was acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings.
Slot wide receiver Cole BeasleyCole BeasleyCole Beasley caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis caught three passes for 68 yards receiving and a touchdown. He has a big frame and is inconsistent. Davis has the potential to be a very good wide receiver on the outside for Josh Allen in years to come.
Isaiah McKenzie caught two passes for 31 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The running game behind Josh Allen is solid. Devin Singletary rushed for 61 yards on 18 carries.
Zack Moss rushed for nine yards on three carries.
Why the Wild Card?
Buffalo is one of the wild card teams in the AFC and here’s what I mean by that.
They will not be the number one or two seed most likely, but the Buffalo Bills could potentially upset the apple card and knock off either the Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) or the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) in the playoffs this season.
As of right now, they would face the Miami Dolphins (8-4) in the first round of the playoffs. Miami and Buffalo will face each other in Week 17 for potentially the AFC East title. The New England Patriots (6-6) are in third place in the AFC East at the moment and New England could pull an upset or two during the rest of the regular season.
Let’s not even mention how bad the New York Jets (0-12) are. New York is just not even good and disgraceful to this division.
The Tennessee Titans (8-4) are currently the four seed in the AFC and Tennessee has a tiebreaker over Buffalo for a potential number three seed.
Head coach Sean McDermott, general manager Brandon Beane, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll deserve a ton of credit for this Buffalo Bills turnaround and also this Josh Allen MVP rise.
The Buffalo Bills are going to make it to the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons barring a collapse in the final four weeks of the NFL Regular Season. Buffalo is going to be a tough out and they could make a deep playoff run.
They have not been to the Super Bowl since losing four straight from 1990-1993 and their last Super Bowl loss was against the Dallas Cowboys in 1993. This was also the Buffalo Bills’ first Monday night football victory and win since 1999. They were the only team to not win a Monday night football game this century.
The Bills will be the big time wild card in the AFC playoffs and so could the Tennessee Titans. Buffalo may be the better team at the moment, but the one thru four seeds have not been this good in the AFC since 2006 when the New England Patriots were the four seed with Tom Brady, the Indianapolis Colts were the three seed with Peyton Manning, the Baltimore Ravens were the two seed with Steve McNair, and the San Diego Chargers were the one seed with Philip Rivers also.
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