The Buffalo Bills started the 2022 season with two prime-time games and they showed why.
Buffalo dominated the reigning Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams to open the season, and followed that up with another impressive victory on "Monday Night Football" over the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium.
Buffalo didn’t disappoint in its home opener, taking it to last year’s top-seed in the AFC by a final score of 41-7.
Josh Allen threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns before getting a rest in the fourth quarter. Three of those touchdown passes were to Stefon Diggs, who finished the game with 148 yards on 12 catches.
The Bills were expected to have a great season, but this has been an absolutely tremendous start for the Super Bowl favorites.
Matt Bove and Sal Capaccio of Audacy’s “It’s Always Gameday in Buffalo” podcast discussed the Bills’ dominant 2-0 start after a blowout victory against the Titans.
“This was not a bad team. This was the No. 1 seed in the AFC last year. They put up 41 points on the team that had the best record in the AFC. Coming off of a week when they dominated the team that won the Super Bowl,” Bove said. “I know things don’t always translate from year to year, we don’t know, maybe the Titans are overrated – I think they are. Maybe the Rams are overrated. But it’s not like these teams are bottom of the barrel. These teams are teams that had big expectations, but nobody had bigger expectations than the Bills and I think we’re seeing why. 34 unanswered points! This game was 7-7 at one point and it looked like the Titans were going to take a lead, and the Bills were just kind of like nope, stop, get out of here, and then they scored 34 points.”
Both offenses started out the game well with 75-yard drives ending in a touchdown. The Bills opened the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Gilliam before the Titans answered back with a two-yard run by Derrick Henry. But it was all Buffalo after that.
The Bills added 10 points in the second quarter and 24 more in the third. That was all they needed.
“34 points through two quarters, by the way. It was 7-7 after the first then it was 41-7 at the end of the third quarter,” Capaccio said. “They didn’t even need the fourth quarter. By then backups were in and the team was just routing them.”
Buffalo was able to put up 41 points and it felt like it could’ve been much more.
“41 points and it feels like they left some meat on the bone,” Bove said. “How ridiculous is that, that this team can score 41 points and that they could have some slip ups here and there. I mean we saw a punt, so it wasn’t that good. I mean, come on,” Bove laughed.
The Bills got through their Week 1 win against the Rams without punting the ball. They scored a touchdown on four drives, a field goal on another, and turned the ball over four times.
Bills punter Sam Martin made his season debut in Week 2, and even when the Bills decided to punt, the ball bounced in their favor.
“I really wish they would’ve went for it in the first situation so then they didn’t punt, but then the fact that it was muffed and then they recovered it made it that much more ridiculous,” Bove said. “It’s like, oh my Gosh, this team can do no wrong at this point. They’re just that good.”
There are some areas of improvement for the Bills, but the fact that they’ve won in dominant fashion even with a few slip ups is impressive.
“They still were sloppy in some areas, especially short yardage. I think, to me, the biggest negative takeaway from this game is the short-yardage situations. Third and short. Fourth and short. Against a team where that is what cost you the win last year in Tennessee,” Capaccio said. “I kept thinking ‘Oh my God, please don’t let this be a story that this happens two years in a row.’ And of course, they played so well outside of that, but that was the only blemish.
“So to what you just said, they left meat on the bone? Yeah. You go back to last week, they put the ball in the Rams’ hands a few times. You go to this week, they don’t convert on these third and shorts and fourth and shorts, and yet here they are winning by 21 points, 31-10, and then here 41-7,” he continued. “It’s pretty remarkable. I think, again, the only team that can stop the Buffalo Bills right now is the Buffalo Bills.”
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