The Buffalo Bills opened up their 2017 season with a win over divisional rival New York Jets 21-12. The score may be concerning for the Bills as they struggles at times against a rebuilding Jets team, but they proved that avoiding mental errors can be a game changer and different players played their hearts out.
Both Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy made an impact for the Bills on offense and the defense made plays that made a huge impact for the game. The Bills that we have seen the past two years have made mistakes that have cost them many games, but today could be considered a sign that they are more disciplined.
After going through a rough offseason as far as his contract, Taylor was able to ball out and prove that he can lead this Bills team. He started off well by leading the Bills down the field on the first drive until he was picked off in the endzone. After that interception, Taylor didn’t let it bother him and he never looked back. He went on to throw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Both of his touchdown passes went to tight end Charles Clay and acquired receiver Andre Holmes.
LeSean McCoy failed to get into the endzone, but did run for 110 yards. On different rushes, he was able to help put the Bills in scoring position. Mike Tolbert also saw the endzone on a one yard rush that was the last score of the game.
In the offseason, there was questions on whether or not the Bills defense would be able to produce this season. Jordan Poyer came up with a sack in his debut with the Bills and Micah Hyde secured the Bills the win with a late interception. The defense looked more disciplined than they have the past two years. With McDermott being the head coach but also having been a defensive coordinator in the past, this defense can do very well as long as the discipline is there.
The Bills are now in first place of the AFC East and will be looking to keep their winning streak going as they travel to Carolina and take on the Panthers.