Sean McDermott and the Buffalo Bills played to win the game on Monday night at Tennessee, but they came up short.
The Titans scored on a 13-yard Derrick Henry touchdown run with just over three minutes left in the game to take a 34-31 lead over the Bills. Buffalo got the ball back and began their possession at their 18. The Bills got a few big pass plays to get the ball down to the Tennessee 8 in the final minute.
On 3rd-and-6, Josh Allen scrambled and dove for a first down, but he barely came up short.
The Bills faced a decision: go for it on 4th-and-1 with 22 seconds left, or kick a field goal to tie the game and likely send it to overtime.
They went for it on a QB sneak by Allen. He slipped and fell down short of the first down marker, turning the ball over on downs.
That gave Tennessee a 34-31 win.
Even though the decision didn’t work out, the analytics say going for it was by far the right call due to the likelihood that a 4th-down conversion would have won the game.
4th-and-short should have been an easy conversion for the Bills. Then they likely would have run the ball another time or two for the touchdown considering they had another timeout left. This was unfortunately just one of the rare times they didn’t convert in that situation, but it was the right call.
Remember, the Titans have Derrick Henry, who was pounding them and likely would have continued that in overtime. Trying to win in regulation was the best decision.
The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs had to wait out a weather delay during their game on Sunday night, and the halt in play gave NBC’s broadcast team an opportunity to dive into an important topic — peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The start of the second half of Buffalo’s eventual 38-20 win at Arrowhead Stadium was delayed due to lightning in the area. During the break, NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said players were relaxing and eating PB&J sandwiches. Though, the players told her they were unhappy with the peanut butter-to-jelly ratio.
Al Michaels took the info and ran with it. He kept the conversation going by asking Mike Tirico what the proper peanut butter-to-jelly ratio is. Tirico said he has a peanut allergy so he wouldn’t know. Tony Dungy and Drew Brees then raised some more important questions about the type of jelly, type of bread, and how the sandwiches were being cut. You can hear the important debate below:
We’re used to seeing weather delays in baseball, but they’re a lot more rare in football. Apparently there was only so much for the NBC crew to talk about.
Of course, the real topics for debate weren’t created until the second half. Had these roughing the passer calls taken place in the first half, there would have been a lot more to talk about during the delay.
Fans, analysts and even NBC’s announcers could not believe the roughing the passer calls in Sunday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, the sheer amount of penalties called in the game upset many viewers.
Buffalo was leading 31-13 in the third quarter and KC went for a 4th-and-3 at their 32. The Chiefs were helped out by a roughing the passer call on Ed Oliver.
The possession ended with Patrick Mahomes’ second straight interception.
Then in the fourth quarter, the Bills were leading 31-20 and driving. They were called for a holding penalty on Mitch Morse on 3rd-and-9.
The following play was a 3rd-and-17 from the Buffalo 8. Frank Clark was called for roughing the passer, giving the Bills a first down.
NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were fed up with the flags from the officials.
The Bills were penalized 10 times for 103 yards. The Chiefs were penalized 7 times for 55 yards. Not many people want to see that many penalties called in a game.
Expectations are higher for the Miami Dolphins in 2021, and the team’s upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills appears to be a statement game for the team.
The Dolphins lost to the Bills 56-26 in the regular season finale in 2020. That loss has remained on the mind of several Miami players. That includes cornerback Xavien Howard, who admitted he has had Sunday’s matchup against Buffalo circles on the calendar.
Sometimes revenge narratives can distract a team too much, so the Dolphins have to be careful here. That said, they’re coming in 1-0 off a win at New England, so confidence should be high. They haven’t shied away from expecting big things in 2021, either.
The Bills are coming in off a loss to Pittsburgh, and an 0-2 start would raise major red flags. Expect them to come out motivated here too.
The Buffalo Bills had a surprise guest at Monday’s practice in the form of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Kuechly, a seven-time Pro Bowler who abruptly retired from the NFL after the 2019 season, was working with the Bills’ linebackers during Monday’s workout.
Kuechly was almost certainly in Bills camp at the invitation of head coach Sean McDermott, who was Kuechly’s defensive coordinator for six seasons in Carolina before landing the Buffalo job.
It’s probably not an indication that Kuechly is set to take a full-fledged coaching position with Buffalo, though he has signaled interest in one in the past. He spent last season as a pro scout for the Panthers, but has left that role and seems to be embracing a roving instructor role. The Bills will certainly be happy to have him, even if only for a day.
Josh Allen signed a massive contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, and you can probably guess how Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs felt about the news.
Shortly after the Bills announced that they have agreed to a six-year extension with Allen, Diggs shared the famous Terrell Owens “that’s my quarterback” meme on Twitter.
The Bills acquired Diggs in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings last year, and he ended up being a perfect fit for their offense. He led the NFL with 1,535 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns. Allen and Diggs are expected to be one of the best QB-WR duos in the NFL again this season, so you can understand why Diggs was happy for his teammate.
Diggs and Allen gave us a glimpse into their great relationship with a hilarious postgame interview (video here) late last season.
Allen’s six-year deal is worth $258 million, which makes him the second-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
Josh Allen enjoyed a breakout season last year in which he established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Buffalo Bills have rewarded their former first-round pick.
The Bills announced on Friday that they have agreed to a six-year contract extension with Allen. The new deal ties Allen to the franchise through the 2028 season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the total contract is worth $258 million with $150 million guaranteed.
Allen’s average annual salary of $43 million will make him the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL behind only Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs star makes $45 million per year. The total guarantee is an NFL record, as Mahomes got just over $141 million guaranteed.
Allen threw for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He also ran for 421 yards and had eight scores on the ground.
With Allen having gotten his massive pay day, one former NFL MVP has to be licking his chops.
It’s almost certain that Zach Ertz’ Philadelphia Eagles career is over, but there has been no resolution on where he might wind up. It sounds like the Eagles might finally be getting close to a deal, however.
Longtime Eagles play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese claimed on The National Football Show that the Eagles are close to trading Ertz to the Buffalo Bills.
“The word today is that they are very close to a deal and I don’t have any inside information to substantiate this, but the word is that they’re close to a deal with Buffalo for Zach Ertz,” Reese told host Dan Sileo, via Ryan Talbot of New York Upstate. “I believe you have as much chance of being on this roster as Zach Ertz in a few weeks.”
Ertz has not reported to Eagles camp this offseason. It’s been said he’d prefer to pick his new team, so a trade might not make Ertz happy, but it would get him out of Philadelphia. It would also put him on another contender in Buffalo, so it’s not a bad situation for him at all if it comes to pass.
The Buffalo Bills continue to eye a new stadium, but something very intriguing could happen before a new one is built for the team.
Thad Brown of RochesterFirst reported Friday that the Bills are planning to build a new stadium in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park. However, it is unlikely that the new facility would be ready for use before 2025 at the earliest, while the Bills’ lease on Highmark Stadium expires in 2023. That could leave several seasons where the Bills do not contractually have a home stadium.
The report states that the Bills are looking at other options in case they are unable to get an extension on the current lease. One is playing home games in Toronto, while intriguingly, Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is also a consideration.
It’s no secret that Happy Valley is one of the toughest environments in college football to play in. That atmosphere might not translate as well to the NFL, but it would certainly make for an interesting scene if it came to pass. For now, it sounds like a far-fetched contingency plan.
Bills Mafia is famous for their table-jumping antics, so they might have a new favorite player in Spencer Brown.
Brown, an offensive tackle from Northern Iowa, was the Bills’ third-round draft pick on Friday night. To celebrate his selection, he did what the most diehard Bills fan would encourage — he threw himself through a table.
If there’s a more perfect way to endear yourself to the Buffalo fanbase, I’ve yet to see it.
For the unfamiliar, the table-jumping craze is such a big tailgate staple among Bills fans that it’s become pretty much synonymous with them. At this rate, Brown is going to be an early fan favorite, and he’ll have lots of people rooting for him to make an impact on the team’s offensive line.