3 Takeaways from Bills Win Over Seattle

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Daniel May, Sports Editor

1. Air Allen is back?
The first four weeks of the 2020 season were the best of the young quarterback’s career. Allen put together an impressive resume, amassing 1,326 passing yards (1st in the NFL), 9.0 yards per attempt (2nd in the NFL), and 12 passing touchdowns (3rd in the NFL). Allen complimented his impressive throwing stats with his ground game, in which he had 83 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. His overall game seemed to come to a crashing halt starting with a week five loss to the Titans. However, following Sunday’s win against the Seahawks, Bills fans saw glimpses of the old Allen they have come to know and love. Allen found 8 different receivers in week 9, totaling 415 passing yards and 4 total touchdowns. His favorite target of the day was all-pro wide receiver Stephon Diggs, who had nine catches for 118 yards. He looked electric. In all honesty, he looked like an MVP candidate. The only question is, can he maintain this level of play? Many thought the answer was yes after the first four weeks, and they couldn’t have been more wrong. So, will week nine Allen continue through the last seven weeks of the season? If I was a betting man, I would put my money on the young gunslinger. What about you? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
2. AJ Klein…more like AJ Mine
Call me a crazy Bills fan, but AJ Klein is the best defensive player we have on the team. Ok, ok…I’m kidding. But all jokes aside, AJ Klein had himself a career day vs. the Seahawks. After being signed in late March of 2020, the versatile veteran immediately filled a gaping hole left by the beloved Lorenzo Alexander. But believe me, this free agent signing wasn’t just a random pickup. Klein previously played under McDermott’s regime in 2013 when he was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. McDermott has signed numerous former panthers throughout his current coaching job in Buffalo, which has led to nickname, “The Buffalo Panthers”. Many of these players didn’t pan out for the bills, and people thought that Klein would join them. Through the first 8 weeks, Klein was hardly an adequate Lorenzo Alexander. However, after his performance on Sunday, Klein may have halted the hate mail for a bit. Klein had 5 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 pass break up. Just for a reference, Klein had only 2 sacks in the 2017 season and 2018 season (2.5 in 2019). With these stats, I wouldn’t be surprised if Klein won defensive player of the week. Although it may be premature to say that Klein is a suitable replacement at LB, he showed that he can prove the haters wrong when he puts his mind to it. He can simply, “Shake them off”, as Taylor Swift would say.

3. The Bill Collectors
The 2018 Buffalo Bills defense was dominant in every sense of the word. Shutting down the passing and running game on a consistent basis all year long, they were ranked the second-best defense in the league. This earned them the nickname, “The Bill Collectors”. In 2019, the Bills defense dropped to seventh best, but they were still able to help lead the Bills to an overall record of 10-6. The 2020 season has been a huge disappoint for the once gold Bills defense. They are currently ranked twenty-third, and for the first time in a while, the Bills offense is rated higher than its defense. And although the Seahawks were able to put up 34 points against the Bills, on paper, the Bills defense looked amazing. They forced Russel Wilson to throw two interceptions (he came into this game with only 6), giving Jordan Poyer and Tre’davious White their first interceptions of the year. The Bills aggressive front 7 also played their part, accumulating 5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits, the most in a single game by any team this year. The Bills defense has a long way to go if they want to restore their former glory, but this game put them back on the right track. Next week the Bills travel to Arizona where they take on Murray and his Cardinals. Their offense sits comfortable at number ten in the league, so it will be a good test to see if the Bills Defense is the real deal.