Surging in the second half, the Buffalo Bills turned a 17-13 halftime lead into a 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Bills have now won four games in a row after losing their opening two games of the season and look like serious playoff contenders at this point in the season.
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Led again by their tremendous rushing attack, the Bills relied heavily on the legs of LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and Tyrod Taylor during the game to earn the win. Combined with other runners, the Bills totaled 312-yards from the ground game and totally dominated the 49ers defensive front throughout the contest.
For “Shady” McCoy, this game again signified a return to form for the running back after two down years for the ball carrier. Earning 140-yards on the ground, McCoy’s biggest highlight may have been his 38-yard run in which he knocked down his own teammate before tripping and falling inside the red zone.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bills defense came up big again this week. Facing off against Colin Kaepernick, the Bills totaled three sacks and an additional five quarterback hits in Kaepernick’s first start since the middle of last season. Again playing a major role in this, the linebacking chemistry between Zach Brown, Preston Brown and Jerry Hughes was firmly on display.
Between the three linebackers, there was 20-tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. With these three players playing at such a high level, it is no wonder that the Bills have won their last four games. If they can keep it up, look for the Bills defense to continue being near the top of the NFL in many areas.
Again though, the game was not all sunshine and rainbows. The passing game — though better than the last couple weeks — still did not play to the level it needs to. Tyrod Taylor threw for 179-yards and two touchdowns in the game, but only took up 28-total plays where as the run game had 44 opportunities to thrive.
If this continues, the Bills will eventually come up against a run defense that will shut them down. Until that time though, let the good times roll with the Buffalo Bills and let’s make that playoff charge we have all been waiting for.
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