The Buffalo Bills were fired up, the defense was aggressive and Tyrod Taylor played well. It all amounted to a 27-14 win over the Colts to get the Rex Ryan era off to a good start.
It was only one game, sure, but it left quite an impression. Just how good can the Bills be this year?
“They can be very good,” NFL on FOX and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The defense, you nailed it. That defense already was good. That’s the thing. People have to remember getting Rex is really a bonus for that defense. Because under Jim Schwartz, they were phenomenal. It wasn’t like they weren’t a good defense already.”
As good as the defense was – it held Andrew Luck and the Colts scoreless in the first half – Taylor stole the show. The Virginia Tech product was 14-of-19 for 195 yards and rushed nine times for 41 yards, effectively moving the chains throughout the game. He even had a nifty 51-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin.
So yeah, there was a lot to like from Taylor.
Davis, however, reminded listeners to be patient with the 26-year-old.
“Here’s the thing I want everybody (to do): Take a deep breath and a step back a little bit,” Davis said. “Buffalo fans are probably already saying this to each other. Remember the hot start Ryan Fitzpatrick got off to? And remember what they did? They bonused him up . . . in the middle of the year and by the end of the year they were like, ‘Uh-oh, now we’re stuck with this contract.’ Not saying Tyrod Thomas is going in that direction. I’m rooting for him. I think he’s a great kid. I think him getting his opportunity is a good thing. They actually had an open competition that he won in preseason. But before we sit here and say, ‘Okay this is what we’re going to get every week,’ (let’s slow down).”
“It’s kind of like Marcus Mariota – and I love Marcus Mariota,” Davis continued. “Love that young man. But the idea that we’re going to get (four touchdowns) every week? Let’s just pump the brakes just a little bit. Let’s see how Tyrod plays out as they go. But if he’s consistent in what he does, Buffalo will be knocking on the door for a potential playoff spot. Because I’m still not convinced they’re going to take the (division) title from New England yet. I know everybody keeps talking about how vulnerable they are. They’ve been vulnerable for the last 12 years. How many people have taken the AFC East from them? You just don’t. It’s hard to do.”