It’s not crazy to imagine that years from now you’ll be sitting, reminiscing about the 2022 Buffalo Bills in the same conversation as teams like the 1989 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Washington, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1999 St. Louis Rams or any of the great and iconic teams of all time.
That’s the Bills’ ceiling. Whether they reach those heights remains to be seen. First they have to worry about things like holding off the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East and making sure a playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium doesn’t happen again. There are only two games in the season. There is a long way to go.
But to this point in the season, the Bills have been completely dominant. They blasted the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the opener and then on stage Monday night they were even better in a stunning 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans, a team that was the No. seed. 1 in the AFC last season. . The Titans may not be the same team this season but it was still an impressive effort by the Bills.
Injuries happen and many teams have had a fast start to the season. It’s a long season. It’s hard not to be excited about where this Bills season is headed.
Bills are headed by the Titans
Bills fans, fired up about the possibility of this team bringing home the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history, were loud before kickoff. The Bills then drove down the field and scored on their first possession, with running back Reggie Gilliam breaking tackles and catching a short pass from Josh Allen for the touchdown.
The Titans later responded with a Derrick Henry rushing touchdown, but it would be a long time until we saw more signs of life from the Tennessee offense. It was not even an indictment of the Titans. The Bills might have the best defense in the NFL this season.
They may also have the best offense in the NFL.
The Bills were equally good on both sides of the ball against the Titans, but it’s the offense that everyone will be talking about. Allen threw three touchdowns to Stefon Diggs. One of them came on an improvised play in which Allen turned back to his right and found Diggs in the end zone on fourth-and-1. Later he ended up throwing deep to Diggs down the middle of the field for a 46-yard touchdown. A little later in the third quarter Diggs scored another touchdown.
When Diggs scored his third touchdown it was 148 yards on the night. At that point the Titans had 112 yards as a team. Allen took a seat near the end of the third quarter with the game out of hand. In a little less than three quarters he had 317 yards to run and four touchdowns.
With 8:33 left in the third quarter, something strange happened. The Bills pounded the team. It was the first time the Bills had punted all season, after about six and a half quarters. The Titans shut down the fair catch and Buffalo came back.
Everything is going right for Buffalo early this season.
Bill protection looks great too
The Bills’ defense shut down Henry, and the Titans had no other countermeasures. Henry had just 25 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Tannehill had just 117 yards rushing and a 32.7 passer rating. The Titans are part of that, but ask the Rams: The Bills defense is hard to beat.
The Titans had 75 yards on their first drive and then 42 yards on their next six combined possessions. Here are the Titans’ possessions from Henry’s touchdown to the time Tannehill was removed from the game: punt, punt, end of half, punt, punt, interception, interception. The Titans couldn’t find a way to move the ball.
The defense also joined the scoring party. Bills linebacker Matt Milano picked off Tannehill and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Bills a 41-7 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter. The Titans pulled Tannehill at that point and gave rookie Malik Willis some playing time. It’s not like the Titans were going to come back with Tannehill, and he was often pressured by the Bills’ pass rush. If Buffalo wanted to run the score, he felt they could have won by 50 or 60.
The Bills’ offense, led by Allen and Diggs, was enough to make them a dangerous team in the playoffs. The defense alone won many games with only a mediocre offense on the other side. Combine the two and the Bills could be in for a special season.