The Buffalo Bills took on the Baltimore Ravens at the M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday and it was ugly. The Orchard Park’s team was outmatched at every aspect of the game, losing 47-3. Head coach Sean McDermott certainly is going to have a lot of decisions to make focusing on the week 2 matchup versus the Chargers.
The Bills defense had no answer for Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. The quarterback was comfortable all game long, not being threatened by the Bills’ poor pass rush. He finished the day completing 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards and 3 TDs. Bills defensive backs Phillip Gaines, Taron Johnson, and Rafael Bush were explored at every opportunity and it became a successful strategy for Baltimore’s offense.
On the other hand, it was another nightmare start for Buffalo’s second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman. After earning the right to start during the preseason, Peterman looked scared behind a porous offensive line and couldn’t move the chains. After gaining only one first down in 11 drives and completing just 5 of 18 passes for 24 yards and 2 interceptions, Peterman was benched in the third quarter. Rookie Josh Allen came in and gave life to the Bills offense, but the game already was out of hand. He finished the day completing 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards and adding more 26 on four carries. If not a couple of drops, including a Kelvin Benjamin’s one on a dart thrown by Allen in the end zone, his numbers could have been better. The rookie showed he’s the best option going forward.
The Bills lost the battle on the trenches on both sides of the ball and it made all difference in this game. The Bills offensive line was manhandled, not giving any rushing lanes for LeSean McCoy who finished the day with just 22 yards on seven carries. The defensive line couldn’t pressure Flacco or stop the run. This allowed the Ravens to jump ahead and never look back. A pretty depressing performance by the Buffalo’s team.
Next week the Bills are going to face the Chargers in Buffalo. It’ll be interesting to see what McDermott will do to fix the glaring issues at the offensive line and number two and three cornerback spots. Those areas must be fixed or it’ll be a long season for the Bills.