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Is a Bills’ offensive explosion mandatory against Miami?

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo BillsRich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Bills’ offense finally break out?

Every hobby and interest has its own lingo that those who partake in said hobby know. For football fans, the list is long: draft bust, RPOs and 21 personnel are just some of the examples.

Buffalo Bills fans over the past 20 years have grown accustomed to another term: must-win games. Usually those games started occurring in late November as Buffalo was almost always a middling team.

This year the Bills appear to be anything but middling, which brought a thought (and a new term) to mind: must-perform. Through the first 5 games, Buffalo’s defense has simply been fantastic. The offense, on the other hand, has been like a roller coaster. They are averaging 18 points per game, with a high of 28 against the New York Giants in Week 2.

Against arguably the worst team in the league on Sunday in Miami (arguably because Cincinnati is right there with them), Buffalo’s offense MUST PERFORM. Miami will be without their starting safety ReShad Jones and defensive end Avery Moss, plus their top corner Xavien Howard is questionable to play. All of that combined with a bye week for Buffalo to prepare makes this a must-perform game for Josh Allen and the offense.

Allen has history, albeit a little bit of it, working in his favor. In Week 17 last season, he earned AFC offensive player of the week honors after a five-touchdown performance in a blowout win over the Dolphins. The second-year quarterback has had a solid season, but has yet to have a breakout game. Sunday is a perfect time to do so. That doesn’t mean Allen will have to pass for 300 plus yards, because the Bills should have a comfortable lead where he isn’t throwing it for four quarters. Rather, a breakout game for him would look something along the lines of three or four TDs (a combination of passing and rushing) and a couple of completed deep passes.

The must-perform mantra needs to spread to the third quarter for the Brian Daboll-led offense. Looking at teamrankings.com the Bills are 28th in the league, scoring just 2 points per third quarter. That lull after halftime has resulted in games being closer than they should be. Against winless Miami, that won’t be acceptable.

Obviously this is the NFL and it is easy to say “no team is truly easy.” But, looking at this season on its own, the Bills defense should dominate the putrid Miami offense, and with that dominance, the Buffalo offense should finally take advantage and put a team away early. This is not a mirage to start the season. The Bills are arguably one of the best two teams in the AFC and with that, expectations need to rise. Simply winning against clearly inferior opponents isn’t enough. The offense must perform and win this game going away.

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The offense needs to prove that it really is part of the winning culture. All the turnovers, poor decisions, and sloppy play needs to stop. Having Singletary back will give the run game a boost, and hopefully the OL can look better against a struggling Miami team. I don't worry about the defense. They're way solid. The offense has a lot to prove though and they need to look good against a team they should dominate. If it's close, even the most optimistic (and even the "homers") should be very concerned.

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no

any win in the nfl is a good win

the offense will continue to improve slowly as the season progresses. but they are still one cycle away from building an above average line, and lack a top end wr

not to mention allen was always going to be a project, you can see hes making decent to good strides, but hes another year away from the light really going on

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Totally agree Meat.  Just what I've been thinking.

These are fun times to contemplate where the team can go.   As a person who live with Pats fans it's nice to be thinking on the positive side.

 

 

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They need to approach this game like a heavyweight fighter in against inferior talent. Work on things the offense needs to get more comfortable with, long sustained drives and win. They don't need to score 50 points, with Allen throwing for 350 yards ... just get the win

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Explosions should be mandatory for every game.  Show no mercy!

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Has Singletary been cleared to play? 

Well....teams who are considered “good” have blown out these motherfuckers. If we win a close one....we’ll i guess we are no better than than the redskins. 

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3 hours ago, seandelevan said:

Has Singletary been cleared to play? 

Well....teams who are considered “good” have blown out these motherfuckers. If we win a close one....we’ll i guess we are no better than than the redskins. 

Sing practiced fully all week, he’s playing 

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Expected? Yes, Mandatory? NO. That said, It’ll be awfully disappointing if we don’t win by enough to get Lit his $$$. We should be good enough for Josh not to force STUPID throws and that will mean we win easily.  Friggin Fitz is the wildcard that can make it close.  Our D is ridiculous good andHe’s older.... AND the rest of his unit is AWFUL, so there shouldn’t be any ‘Fitzmagic’, but you never know.  I’m fairly confident in the type of win needed to get everyone on board the hype train. 

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If your interest is Media Hype, cool articles and stats that dazzle the fans. Yes, you need a blow out.

When the season is over Nobody will give a shit.

 

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On 10/19/2019 at 9:10 PM, Laughing Coffin said:

If we don't win by 17 points and Lit loses his 5k bet, this forum is about to get butt-raped by hot takes for a week

i called it lmao

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