During the win that was, we were taught a few things about this football team.
Here are five things we learned about the Bills following their playoff win against the Steelers:
Players can step up
The injury bug that bit the Bills in Week 18 in Miami against the Dolphins traveled back up with the team to Buffalo. It made its presence known against the Steelers.
Multiple players went down, including linebacker Terrel Bernard (ankle), linebacker Baylon Spector (back) and cornerback Christian Benford (knee). Those injuries caused the likes of defenders AJ Klein and Kaiir Elam to need to step up… and they did.
Klein was prepping for vacation but instead was re-signed by Buffalo a few days before having to play important snaps. Then Elam, viewed as a underwhelming defensive back prospect, had an interception in the end zone against Pittsburgh.
These are huge efforts that might have to continue against the Chiefs. Bills Wire will provide injury updates leading up to that kickoff.
This is a gritty team
As if those weren’t enough, starting players that have featured for the Bills throughout 2023 made some insanely gritty plays.
At the top, quarterback Josh Allen’s 52-yard run was as dynamic as it gets. Then receiver Khalil Shakir’s effort to get into the end zone in the second half to ice the win? About as blue collar as you can get.
Those are championship-level plays that make you think this could be a team of destiny.
Josh is still a fantastic dual threat
The run was cool. So were the three touchdown passes and no turnovers from Allen. That’s as dual-threat as it gets.
Sticking to a plan
These guys can stick to a plan.
On defense, Sean McDermott’s unit focused heavily on stopping the run for good reason. That’s why defensive lineman Poona Ford inactive and Linval Joseph played. This ideas worked.
Offensively, the Bills got off to a 14-0 start. A lot of those early play calls are considered scripted.
It all went according to plan. Now the special teams unit just needs to be more consistent.Again, it panned out well for Buffalo.
It must be fate
The Bills against the Chiefs in the postseason… again. It’s fate and this time in Orchard Park.