The Bills keep playing the game the right way

Sean McDermott's team is 4-0 in Orchard Park this season

Paul Hamilton
October 29, 2017 - 5:41 pm

Photo: Rich Barnes - USA TODAY Sports


Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Bills are now a 5-2 football team after taking apart the Raiders, 34-14. Buffalo got the Raiders to fumble the ball four times which turned into two recoveries. They also intercepted Derek Carr twice and the game was theirs.

Last week I wrote about how silly people sound mocking Sean McDermott when he talks about changing the culture of the Bills. One of my best friends is a former Buffalo Schools principal and she told me research has proven that culture can lead to positive results in the work or school environment.

If you’ve never been fortunate to be part of a team where a culture has helped make a team better, I can see why you wouldn’t know what it’s all about.

LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards in this game and scored on a 48-yard run. He said, “It’s hard to go against the eye of the tiger. We will fight and claw our way until the end. This team is a family.”

McCoy added, “I think this is the strongest willed team I’ve ever been on. We’ll fight you to the end.”

Ramon Humber opened the season at WLB, but injuries have put him out. You know the old cliché, “Next guy up” and what does Matt Milano do? He grabs a DeAndre Washington fumble out of the air and took it back 40-yards for a touchdown. After that, he forced a Jalen Richard fumble on a punt return giving the Bills the ball on the Oakland 15.

Tyrod Taylor proceeded to miss a wide open Nick O’Leary in the end zone and Buffalo settled for a Stephen Hauschka 35-yard field goal.

Taylor was struggling for awhile and it was keeping Oakland in the game.

At the end of the third quarter, he did a great job engineering a 12 play, 80-yard drive which he capped off on 4th and goal from the half inch line by leaping over the line. That gave the Bills the cushion they needed 27-7.

In that drive, Taylor had a 3rd and 13 from the Bills 49 and threw a nice pass down the right sideline to Andre Holmes to pick up 36 yards and the first down.

Taylor also did a great job on his TD pass to Holmes. He bought time by scrambling out of the pocket and found Holmes who came right across the field.

I’m sure Holmes really enjoyed this game against his former team catching three passes for 51 yards and a score.

UB’s Khalil Mack was the defensive player of the year last season and usually blows up the other team’s offense. The Bills did a terrific job of making Mack invisible as he never made a play. Taylor was never sacked and Mack had just two tackles.

Buffalo has produced 17 turnovers this season. Micah Hyde had his fifth interception of the season. The Bills have only turned the ball over three times, so they’re plus 14 on the year.

Buffalo is 4-0 in Orchard Park for the first time since 1995. That used to be the recipe Marv Levy had, win your home games and go .500 on the road. Tyrod Taylor believes the fans are a big part of it, “Our fans do a great job of creating a hostile environment. Home games are important to us and we want to defend our dirt.”

The Bills now hit the road for a nationally televised game against the Jets on Thursday Night Football. Buffalo is a half-game behind New England in the AFC East. The Bills are 1-0 in the division and 3-1 in the AFC.

They lead the Dolphins by one game and the Jets by 2.5. The victory over New York on opening day certainly wasn’t a cake walk, but I don’t think McDermott will allow his team to get too full of itself. They’re having too much fun doing it for him and for each other.

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