Stock up, stock down following the Bills’ win over the Broncos

Nick Wojton
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In the route that was the Buffalo Bills’ win over the Denver Broncos, one could pretty easily guess which way the stock status of many went.

On Saturday, that outing saw the Bills (11-3) top the Broncos in a massive 48-19 final score. The biggest storyline from it was the Bills’ clinching the AFC East title for the first time in 25 years.

Before we get to where Buffalo goes from here, let’s take a look at the latest stock report for the tea, following Week 15:

Stock down

Bills wide receiver Andre Roberts. (AP Photo/Justin Edmonds)

OL Ike Boettger

The Bills offensive line really only had one weak spot against the Broncos and it was left guard Ike Boettger. After struggling against the Steelers’ Cam Heyward two weeks ago, Boettger was beaten a couple times in Denver. On one occasion, Boettger let a rusher right in on quarterback Josh Allen, who bailed out the guard with an impressive pass to tight end Dawson Knox. Allen was hit low on that play though, something you never want to see.

Boettger also had issues with multiple penalties. He was part of the red zone situation when the Bills were going the wrong way. Boettger’s overall Pro Football Focus grade took another big dent, too. Entering the last week vs. the Steelers, he was a 75.9 overall, and after another drop off, he’s down to 63.3.

KR Andre Roberts

Andre Roberts did have a 53-yard kick return which was good… but very much over shadowing that was a fumble on a punt return. That’s rare for Roberts, but it happened, and the Broncos went on to score on that ensuing drive. Can’t have that.

Stock up

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

QB Josh Allen

The full Josh Allen was on display against the Broncos. He had two passing and two rushing scores, showing off the entire tool box he has. While not a score, perhaps his most-exciting pass was his 55-yard completion to Stefon Diggs down the right sideline. Just a perfectly placed ball showing off his confidence.

In addition, Allen continues to look strong in the pocket. He avoids pressure with the best of them, but there were many times when Buffalo’s offensive line gave him a solid amount of time to work.

WR Stefon Diggs

Another day, another ridiculous outing for Diggs. Leading the Bills offense, Diggs had 11 catches for 147 total receiving yards in this one. The beaten up Broncos secondary just didn’t have much of an answer for him. Only two passes thrown his way weren’t completed.

WR Cole Beasley

Copy and paste here, pretty much. Cole Beasley only had two targets toward him not completed, one of which Allen only got him his head taken off on a screen, but aside from that, big game. Beasley had eight catches for 112 yards. Like Diggs, the Bills’ slot wideout certainly took advantage of an injured Broncos secondary.

Worth noting, it usually seems like it’s either Diggs or Beasley doing the heavy lifting in games this year for the Bills. A rarity vs. the Broncos was that both guys went off.

WR Jake Kumerow

Yes, Jake Kumerow is on the Bills, and yes, the special teams ace scored a touchdown. In a rare appearance on offense, excluding when he’s out there for kneel downs, Kumerow scored with a nice throw and route down the seam.

RB Zack Moss

Devin Singletary actually had the better game in terms of numbers, averaging 8.5 yards per carry to Moss’s 6.2. But overall, Moss displayed some much better vision on his carries, and his running style just seems to be better suited to this Buffalo offensive line. Singletary likes to dance around sometimes, which can work, but Moss and his one-cut, bruising style has paid better dividends.

Time-killing offense

In back-to-back weeks, the Bills offense choked the life out of a game. Against the Steelers, a near eight minute drive milked out half of the final frame. On Saturday vs. the Broncos, it was a five-minute drive in the fourth, plus a 51-yard touchdown run by Singletary.

CB Tre’Davious White

Tre’Davious White was all over the field for the Bills. He had a huge pass breakup on third down against Denver tight end Noah Fant early and against the run, White had a tackle for loss and a nice solo one in the second half against the Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay.

Of course, his forced fumble leading to Jerry Hughes’ score was Bruce Smith-esque.

DE Jerry Hughes

Hughes and his running back abilities upon recovery that fumble was his clear highlight reel moment. But Hughes put on a real Pro Football Focus-like show.

Here’s what we mean: PFF, the football analytics outlet, is often very high on Hughes despite his lack of sacks. Heck, he didn’t even have a tackle in Denver, but was still great.

This game showed why PFF likes him. Several times his pressure on Denver quarterback Drew Lock ended drives. Once near his own goal line, Lock panicked on third down because of a pressure from Hughes, leading to a third-and-out. Hughes also forced Lock to dump off another short pass on third and long, ending another drive.

D-line tips

We know exactly what defensive line coach Eric Washington was stressing last week for the Bills’ D-line… Put those hands up.

Several times Lock had his passes deflected by pass rushers. Guys who notched those were Vernon Butler, Ed Oliver and AJ Epenesa.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Baltimore
+130+3O 49.5
Buffalo
-154-3U 49.5