Takeaways through three weeks of Bills football


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Quarterback Josh Allen and running back Devin Singletary on the field at Highmark Stadium in a game against the Washington Football Team on Sep. 26. 2021.

Justin Siejak, Sports Writer

Coming in to the 2022 season, the Bills were almost exclusively being selected as the Super Bowl favorites by many analysts.

Through three weeks, it looks as if these analysts were right. Buffalo has looked like a powerhouse in every aspect of the game.

Despite dropping a game to the Miami Dolphins, the Bills have proven that they can dominate opponents. Easily handling the Rams in Los Angeles in the league’s opening game, as well as completely dismantling the Titans at home in week two, Buffalo has shown the ability to run up the score.

Offensively, the Bills have shown no sign of slowing down. Their pass-heavy offense, headlined by quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs, has been firing on all cylinders to begin the year.

Already amongst the league’s best in touchdowns (second with nine) and passing yards (third with 1,014), Allen has started the year hot.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has also had a blistering hot start to his 2022 campaign. Diggs has continued to prove that he is one of the league’s elite wide receivers, winning and separating from his defender in a multitude of ways in his first three games. Diggs currently leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns with four. He also places third in receiving yards with 344.

Most knew that this tandem was going to continue to produce at a high level. But what are some other things that have stood out on the offensive side of the ball?


Running back Devin Singletary has looked like the unquestioned lead back of the Bills running back room. Despite not carrying the ball more than 10 times in a game yet, Singletary has made the most with what he’s been given.

Singletary has been able to make defenders miss with his elusiveness, as well as shake the defenders off of him with his stocky build. Singletary has also done well in the receiving game. In fact, he is second on the team in receptions (13). He has proven to be a nice little safety blanket for Josh Allen.

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie has really thrived in the slot.

McKenzie is coming off of a big game against Miami in where he needed to step up, as many other Bills’ receivers were facing injury or cramps.

McKenzie caught seven balls on nine targets for 76 yards. He also would have finished with a touchdown if not for the Josh Allen misfire in the end zone.

McKenzie currently stands at second on the team in receiving yards with 132. He has flashed his ability to get yards after the catch.

Getting him the ball in space has worked well for the Bills. Allen seems to have a strong trust in McKenzie this year.

Dawson Knox is off to a slow start this year. Currently ranking fifth on the team in receiving yards, there hasn’t been much volume for Knox through three games.

He also has not gotten into the end zone, where last year he made his mark with nine receiving touchdowns. We’ve seen Knox consistently be the third or even fourth read on plays where he is just the check down.

It’s still early, but it’s been slow treading for Knox.

Defensively, Buffalo may just somehow have a better unit than last year. Still without Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White, the defense has still proved to be one of the league’s best. Star power and blossoming young players are the theme of this defense.


The pass rush has been significantly better than last year.

Adding Von Miller was just the start of making this unit a legit threat. Miller has been what the Bills have been missing.

Looking at stats, Miller has already tallied two sacks and four tackles for loss. What the stats don’t show is the pressure Miller applies, as well as his ability to free up one-on-one looks for the other pass rushers.

One player that is taking a massive step from year one to year two is Gregory Rousseau. Rousseau has been exceptional to begin his 2022 campaign.

He currently leads the team in both sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (5). Other guys like Jordan Phillips and AJ Epenesa have also proven to get quality pressure on the quarterback so far.

Taron Johnson is making his case to be the team’s defensive MVP. Johnson, who has been a staple at the team’s slot cornerback position since being drafted, has been all over the field.

Johnson currently leads the Bills defense in total tackles with 20. His willingness to get involved in the run game is a true luxury for the Bills. He also routinely makes plays in coverage.

Johnson has been a much needed leader for a young secondary that has been thrown to the wolves due to injuries.

The linebacking duo of Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano has continued to show why they’re widely regarded as one of the best linebacking tandems in the league.

Edmunds remains as a rock in the middle of the defense. His frame allows him to alter opponents passing lanes over the middle of the field.

He’s made a couple nice plays in coverage as well. Edmunds is reliable when tasked with guarding running backs and tight ends on underneath routes.

Matt Milano has been incredible to begin the year. It seems as if he makes one highlight play per game. Maybe the crown jewel for Milano this season was his 43 yard pick six on Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The trust and continuity of these two has payed dividends on the field.


The Bills have had unfortunate luck with injuries to begin the year. Many big name players have missed time with injuries.

The Bills will look to count on their depth at multiple positions on the team.

Maybe the biggest blow to the team has to be losing Micah Hyde for the season to a neck injury. Hyde suffered this injury on an awkward tackle attempt in the Tennessee game.

The team will looks to their younger safeties in Jaquan Johnson and Damar Hamlin to step in.

Wide receiver Gabe Davis has missed time due to an ankle injury suffered in practice. He was unable to play in the game against the Titans.

He returned to play against the Dolphins but was visibly not fully healed. Davis did not practice on Thursday and could be slated to miss another game against the Ravens.

Defensive tackle Ed Oliver suffered an ankle injury in the Bills opening game against the Rams. He would go on to miss both the Titans and Dolphins game.

He has practiced in a limited capacity this week, and could be set to return against Baltimore.

Rookie cornerback Christian Benford, who was playing well in the absence of Tre’Davious White, suffered a hand injury in the Miami game. It was revealed that Benford actually fractured his hand.

He had surgery on his hand to repair it. Benford will likely miss a couple weeks while he rehabs his injury.

Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips suffered a hamstring injury against the Titans in week two.

The injury has lingered and caused him to miss the game against Miami. Phillips has not practiced this week, and that likely means he’s set to miss the Baltimore game.

Injuries all across the offensive line have piled up.

Tackle Tommy Doyle tore his ACL in the game against the Titans. He was placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season.

Center Mitch Morse suffered an elbow injury in the Tennessee game. He was inactive against Miami.

He has practiced in a limited capacity and will likely be questionable for the game against Baltimore.

Guard Ryan Bates suffered a concussion in the Miami game. He was limited in Thursday’s practice.

What’s next? The Bills will travel to Baltimore to face off against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.