Game Recap: Bills defense shine in win against the Falcons

In a surprising outcome, the Bills found a way to upset the Falcons in Atlanta, winning the game 23-17.

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Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet worn by the Buffalo Bills before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills walked into Atlanta and shocked the NFL by upsetting the Atlanta Falcons who came into this game at 3-0 and the projected winners by many. I understand why the Bills were the underdog coming in, but this team overall showed the league why they are not to be taken for granted. With the excellent defensive plays and the offense driving the ball down the field, the Bills picked up the win 23-17.

Now with Week 4 over, the Bills find themselves at 3-1 and at the top of the AFC East ahead of the New England Patriots who lost against the Panthers. While Tyrod Taylor and his offense were amazing, it was the defense that shined in this game.

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I believed that this Bills defense was going to be a big factor in why Buffalo could win, and they proved me right.

The biggest play of the game came in the third quarter when Matt Ryan dropped back to pass and Jerry Hughes caused a fumble that led to Tre’Davious White taking it back to the house for a 52 yard fumble recovery touchdown. White has been a major standout for this Buffalo defense since Week 1 and against the Falcons, he made his case in why he is the best rookie cornerback.

Bills veteran Micah Hyde came up with two crucial picks that helped put points on the board for the Bills. Along with White, Hyde has also shined for this secondary this season so far.

The defense contained Matt Ryan this game, preventing him from throwing all over them and allowing only 17 points. Sean McDermott, along with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier have built this defense up and they have proved once again that even though it’s almost an entirely new defense, this 4-3 scheme will continue to give trouble to opposing offenses’.

The Buffalo offense played amazing under Tyrod Taylor. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught his first touchdown pass of the season in the second quarter that gave Buffalo a 7-3 lead. Even though they only scored one touchdown, they were able to get into field goal territory that allowed Stephen Hauschka to kick three field goals, two of them from 50 yards or more in in the fourth quarter, in which he made all three of them.

This Bills have proven themselves as a top contender in the AFC over the last two weeks. They sit at the top of their division, the offense has seemed to click since their awful Week 2 game against Carolina, and the defense keeps doing their part and make huge plays that contribute to the team winning. After two tough wins back to back, the Bills now set their eyes on the Bengals heading into Week 5.

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