The Buffalo Bills dug in their heels, gritted their teeth, and showed NFL fans what they were made of during their game against the Baltimore Ravens last night. The Bills, who are considered a dark horse team to go deep into the post-season this year, pulled off the impossible and mounted a comeback after going down 20-3 at halftime.
The story of the game is that the Bills quarterback, Josh Allen, is a phenomenal ball player. He led the team to a touchdown and covered more ground than anyone else on the Bills’ roster. Without his presence, the team would be completely lost. And while that’s great for Allen’s paycheck, it’s not the best place for the Bills to be as a franchise.
The modern version of football is clearly dominated by quarterbacks. But this version of the Bills’ offense is completely dependent on Josh Allen’s talents. The season’s been going on for a month, and the only Bills player with a rushing touchdown right now is Allen. That’s concerning for the coaching staff and for the fans.
With issues in the passing game and with receivers unable to cover much ground, some big questions linger for the Bills. Can the team mount an offense around Allen to augment his talents, or will he be left to carry the ball to the end zone for his team every time he takes to the field?
A different Bills defense hit the gridiron in the second half of the game. In one pivotal play, Bills linebacker Matt Milano pushed through and hit the Ravens’ running back, J.K. Dobbins, for a loss of three yards. That play, on second-and-goal, proved pivotal, keeping the Ravens from crossing into the end zone on the subsequent drives.
Given that the game’s final score was a dead heat at 23-20, that play quite literally made the game. Small defensive moments like that are what make the Bills’ defense so electrifying to watch. When the team is on, it’s able to pull off some dramatic plays that you need to see in slow motion to really appreciate. “Back’s up against the wall, I’m just trying to do anything. Get scrappy in there, you know?” Milano told reporters after the game. “You’ve got nothing to lose. They’re on the 1-yard line, so might as well take a shot.”