Last night's loss was a tough one. We can all question some decisions, some calls, some penalties called or not called, and many other things from the Monday night game. It was a slugfest for 60 minutes that we came up just a little short on. Both defenses were popping the opposition when given the opportunity. It really was a good and fun game to watch, outside of the outcome for Bills fans.
Glass half empty:
For all of the talk about us having the #1 defense we were exposed last night. We barely made Tannehill feel uncomfortable at all in the 2nd half. Granted there is only one Derrick Henry in the NFL, our run defense was really bad as well. Guys taking bad angles and being out of position cost us multiple times. When we face teams like that we have a hard time matching up in the Secondary. If our guys are forced to play a lot of Man coverage then other teams kill us over the middle of the field every time. It's usually Levi on slants and crossing routes that ends up getting burned, but it happens to Johnson and Tre occasionally as well. That is where Tennessee did most of their damage in the passing game and it provides other teams who can legitimately run the ball with that blueprint. Frazier and McDermott have to come up with a defensive gameplan to handle these types of offenses. McDermott also, though the best coach we have had in the last 2 decades, still does not throw the challenge flags when he should at times and also makes some decisions easy to 2nd guess. Edmunds, though making some more splash plays this year, still struggles at times with where he should be during a play. He was out of position multiple times last night on both running and passing plays. He needs to be the Captain of this defense and make sure he is playing his role for each play call. The running game is still suspect and the play calling within that area for Daboll is really head scratching at times. All in all we still have some issues and those issues could very well cost us in the Playoffs depending on how the matchups play out.
Glass half full:
Josh Allen is really becoming a legit superstar in this league (though I believe most of us have recognized this long ago). There are starting to be no boxes whatsoever he does not check off. Last night it was evident in his decision making. There were multiple plays where he didn't force the action, but instead chose to use his check down receiving option just to get any positive yards he could. Be it a RB, or Knox, or Beasley in the flats, he made use of everything. Was he perfect? No, but he was pretty dang good considering the pressure he was under most of the night. They did everything they possibly could to make him uncomfortable, but time and time again he stepped up in the big situation with a big first down to keep the drive going or using his legs if possible. Like I said last week, he just looks more settled on the field no matter the situation. Beasley is still the best Slot WR in the game and we need to use him that way. He's basically uncoverable. Diggs is a true #1 who will produce at a #1 WR clip if he's fed a #1 WR amount of targets. There is no team that we can't beat and we will not be blown out by anyone this year. Josh and this offense are that good. Star looks as good as he has ever looked in this league while playing at a lesser weight none the less as well. This team will be hard to handle come January if we remain healthy and the road in the AFC is forced to come through Buffalo. We are truly a SB contender this year and just need to be playing our best ball at the right time.