1. Sean McDermott earns praise from these national analysts at the 2019 season quarter mark
The Bills starting 3-1 has led to people taking notice of the job that head coach Sean McDermott has done in his third year in Buffalo. So much that, McDermott’s name is getting consideration for coach of the year a quarter of the way through the season.
CBS Sports Jared Dubin gave his vote to McDermott.
That Bills defense is ridiculous, and McDermott's team is 3-1 and nearly beat the Patriots.
ESPN writer Bill Barnwell has McDermott as his second choice for coach of the year.
I've gushed about the Bills' defense repeatedly in recent weeks, and the duo of McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier deserves tons of credit for molding a defense without big names into arguably the league's best.
The Bills didn't come up with a victory over the Patriots in Week 4, but they were the most competitive team against New England this season by a significant margin. They're 3-1 with 36-year-old Frank Gore as their primary offensive weapon, with the future Hall of Famer responsible for more than 30% of the touches on offense.
Even after last weekend's loss to the Patriots, the Bills have a 54.1% chance of making it back to the postseason for the second time in three years under McDermott, according to the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI).
With a win today the Bills would win their third consecutive road game for the first time since 2004 and the first three road games of a season since 1993.
2. Next Gen Stats gives Bills o-line high marks
Josh Allen is no longer running for his life. According to Next Gen Stats, the Bills are winning 65.3 percent of their pass blocks. That’s good for second best in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys rate of 65.6 percent.
Buffalo has four new starters on its offensive line, only Dion Dawkins returned to left tackle. The line features additions Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse, Jon Feliciano, Cody Ford and Ty Nsekhe who rotate in and out at the right tackle spot.
“The o-line is a brotherhood and these are my guys, Dawkins said on Sunday. “Mitch [Morse] is our leader and we fall behind him and that’s our dude and he does a hell of a job running it all. We all bounce off of each other and the o-line just has to keep stacking, this game doesn’t define anything.”
3. What did Josh Allen learn from New England game?
The Buffalo Bills don’t like to dwell on the past. Once a game is over, they look toward the next opponent and leave what happened on the field. Against a top team like the Patriots, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wants Josh Allen to learn some lessons from it.
“That we have to get better, from top to bottom,” Daboll said on Monday. “We moved the ball some, but we didn’t capitalize when we needed to capitalize. I think there’s something to be learned from every game you play, good or bad. And I think the guys that we have in our room are guys that understand that and are willing to put the work in. We just have to do a better job of executing.”
Allen is a full-go today despite being in concussion protocol this past week. Buffalo has another challenge against the Titans defense and hopefully the Bills will see improved execution on the offensive side.
Check out photos of the Bills as the team travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans during the fifth week of the 2019 season. Suited Up is presented by Colvin Cleaners.