1. These two Bills were named to PFF's Team of the Week
Pro Football Focus released its Week 13 team of the week and two Buffalo Bills found their name on that list. Cole Beasley and Micah Hyde earned recognition for their great performances on Monday night.
Beasley finished the night with nine catches for a career-high 130 yards and a touchdown. He is the first Bills player since Sammy Watkins to have 100+ receiving yards in a first half and has the most touchdown catches ever by a player 5-8 or shorter. With John Brown having been placed on IR and out of the lineup, the Bills receiving core has stepped up in his absence and Beasley has been the go-to guy for Josh Allen.
Hyde was able to get his first interception of the season after a Nick Mullens pass bounced off the hands of Brandon Aiyuk, then off the forearm of A.J. Klein and into his hands. He returned the pick 33 yards to the Niners five-yard line. He also had 12 tackles in the game which matched a career-high for him, and it was his fourth career game with 10+ tackles. The Bills defense has forced 10 interceptions on the season, with six coming in the last four games.
2. Sean McDermott emphasizes ownership throughout the tail end of the regular season
The Bills have started 9-3 in consecutive seasons for the first time since a three-year stretch from 1990-1992. Last season after the 9-3 start, the Bills lost three out of their last four games. With the playoffs and more importantly a division title in sight, the Bills will look to avoid repeating history and that starts Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sean McDermott explained what he wants to see from this team as they finish up the last quarter of the regular season.
"Yeah, I just think the ownership is big," McDermott stated. "We've already begun with that mindset and the leaders of our football team, putting their signature on our team and putting their signature on our season. I think that's what you have to do at this point in the year, and sometimes that means me leading from the front, but it also sometimes means me leading from the back. And I thought the team did a phenomenal job of that last night, all the while remaining disciplined in their approach. And I think you've got to be able to do both, to take great ownership and yet have enough accountability and discipline to go along with that ownership is key for us moving forward."
3. Rich Eisen impressed by Josh Allen's Monday night performance
Throughout Josh Allen's career, he seems to shine brightest under the lights in primetime and he sure did Monday night. He is the first quarterback in Bills history to attempt 40 or more passes in a game and complete at least 80 percent of them. Allen is also the only quarterback in NFL history with 3,400+, passing yards, 26+ passing touchdowns, and 6+ rushing touchdowns in a season's first 12 games. Rich Eisen spoke about the game on The Rich Eisen Show and thought that Allen played the best game in his career on Monday night.
"It was Josh Allen's night," Eisen said. "I think this is his best game as a pro and I know he's thrown for 400 yards and he didn't last night, but he came close. He looked completely in command. He looked like one of those MVP quarterbacks, on point, that wasn't going to be denied. And you knew, maybe right from the get-go, that this was his night, you are not going to stop him and you're going to lose."