1 - Clay catapults offense early
Right off the bat the Bills made it a point to get Charles Clay the ball. The team's first offensive play of the day was an eight-yard pass to the tight end. He was effective all game. In the end, he finished with five receptions for 112 yards. It made him the first Bills receiver to eclipse 100 yards in a game this season. !(http://bufbills.co/COVsQ1)
"Charles, we felt like we could get in some areas and we were able to do that early in the game. Give a lot of credit to Tyrod Taylor, he threw a lot of great balls down field to him. He made some contested catches that were not easy. It was great focus, great concentration, and mental toughness too." Sean McDermott said.
Clay did the bulk of his work in the first half. He reeled in four catches for 78 yards in the first 30 minutes. His last two catches in the game were his largest. They went for 44 and 34 yards.
The 44-yard reception in the second quarter had defensive pass interference, the Bills declined the penalty. The 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter was a highlight reel play. Tyrod Taylor scrambled to find Clay downfield and perfectly placed the ball between two defenders.
"I always try to keep Charles in mind because I always know he presents a matchup problem for most guys," Taylor said. "He's going to be tough for safeties and linebackers to cover and he was able to make a bunch of plays down the field."
2 - Taylor surpasses 7,000 passing yards
The Buffalo Bills walked away from Atlanta with a 23-17 victory. The team's quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, walked away with a career milestone.
On Sunday, Taylor surpassed 7,000 passing yards for his career. He threw for 182 yards to accomplish the feat. The signal caller completed 12 of his 20 passes on the day.
The Bills offense has received some criticism with their inability to stretch the field. Head coach, Sean McDermott, was happy with what he saw against the Falcons.
"That's always important when you can stretch a defense. Not only horizontally but vertically. We wanted to be able to do that. We wanted to play aggressive overall," McDermott said.
Despite one poor game in Week Two, Taylor has impressed so far this season. With a new offensive coordinator he feels locked into the offense.
"I think it's a combination of things. Personally I want to be better than last year, just like last year I wanted to be better than the year before," Taylor said. "I want to continue to keep taking steps in the right direction. This offense definitely fits my style of play."
3 - Bills turnover-free football sets franchise mark
The Buffalo Bills have gone 15 consecutive quarters without a turnover. That's a big reason why the team has a 3-1 record. The last turnover for the Bills stretches back to the first drive of the season against the New York Jets.
Tyrod Taylor has been a relatively conservative quarterback during his time in Buffalo. The low interception totals are one of the bright spots in his game. So far this season, Taylor has fired five touchdowns and has forfeited only one interception.
Taylor displayed his high football IQ on a questionable fourth-and-short opportunity against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I didn't want to risk it. Figured we were better to walk away with three points rather than get greedy and not get any," he said.
Winning the turnover battle has been beneficial for the Bills this season. It was an essential part of their win over the Falcons. The offensive will look to keep the ball in their hands this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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