After losing to the Ravens and Jets to open the season – and looking not great while doing so – the Buffalo Bills needed a win Sunday in the worst way. And they got it, beating the Arizona Cardinals, 33-18.
“It’s not to say that their backs were against the wall,” NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “If you start 0-3, it’s not like the season’s over, but you’re kind of in a hole a little bit. They go to New England this week. That’s always a tough game – whoever’s playing quarterback. I don’t know who’s going to be playing quarterback for them this week, but it seems like Bill Belichick always has a way of bringing someone in and they play well. But they needed this win Sunday really bad.”
Reed, who played for Buffalo from 1985-1999 and helped the franchise to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, was in attendance and talked to several Bills players before the game.
“I reiterated to them (that) if you get this team down early, the Cardinals are really not notoriously great on the road,” Reed said. “They were down 17-0 and they held on to win the game and they played well in every facet of the game. If they can do that all year, which is probably not going to happen, but if they can really rely on those kind of plays to get them out of situations where they’re not catching up all the time, they can play well.”
Sammy Watkins (foot) did not play Sunday, but LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor rushed for a combined 186 yards and three touchdowns. The Bills now have a little momentum heading into New England this Sunday.
“They get Marcell (Dareus) back in another week or two,” Reed said. “Hopefully Sammy can be as healthy as he can be. LeSean McCoy had two touchdowns and ran really well. The special teams really played good. It was an overall great performance (in) every facet of the game, and I’m sure Rex is really happy about that going into New England this week.”
Kickoff Sunday is at 1 p.m. ET.