After the heartbreaking loss to the Miami Dolphins last week, the Buffalo Bills would look to turn things around against the Baltimore Ravens. It was a sluggish start for the Bills in wet, windy conditions, but ultimately, they bounced back and beat the Ravens 23-20. They won a one-score game for the first time in the last seven games that had been decided by one-score, here are the key takeaways from the victory.
Running Back Struggles Lead To Josh Allen Dominating The Run Again
It was not a good day for any of the running backs for the Bills to start. Devin Singletary had four rushes that went for 12 yards in the first half, but he also had a fumble that was recovered by the Ravens and set up a touchdown on the next drive. Zack Moss had two rushing attempts in the first half, one that went for negative yardage. James Cook saw action as a pass catching back, and on a pass he should’ve caught, he ended up just dropping the ball. Singletary was able to rebound in the second half, seeing more action in the pass game and the offense adjusted to set up runs that worked. He would finish with 11 attempts for 49 yards, and had the second most receiving yards with 47 on four receptions. Singletary is the lead back and proved this even more on a day when he was able to bounce back from his early struggles.
On the flip side, though, Josh Allen once again stepped up in the rushing category. He led the team in yards with 70 on 11 attempts, as well as the only rushing touchdown.
Josh Allen ties it up 😤#BillsMafia
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Khalil Shakir Steps Up
Jamison Crowder suffered an ankle injury early on and left the game, then in the third quarter Isaiah McKenzie would suffer a concussion that would take him out of the game. This led to Khalil Shakir having to come in and step up. Shakir made a great cut on his first catch to gain yards after and total 14 yards. His second catch was on a scramble by Allen, the catch would go for nine yards and keep the Bills’ final offensive drive going.
The Matt Milano And Jordan Poyer Day
It wasn’t a spectacular day for the Bills defense as they allowed 22 first downs, six third downs, missed some crucial tackles, and allowed a total of 296 yards. Yet, they stepped up in the second half to hold the Ravens scoreless, and it was because of Matt Milano and Jordan Poyer. Milano played sound football all day, filling gaps and did an impressive job of containing Lamar Jackson in the open field. He ended up with 13 total tackles, with two being for a loss. For Poyer he came down with two interceptions, one was in the end zone which helped turn the momentum for the Bills to lead the game winning field goal drive. Milano and Poyer both had game changer plays that led to the Bills winning.
Next week the Bills will now head back to Highmark Stadium to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers who now have Kenny Pickett at quarterback. That game is set to kickoff at 1:00 EST.