1 - Tre’ White: Everything is clicking
Through the first nine weeks of the 2018 campaign, Buffalo’s offense averaged an uninspiring 10.7 points per game.
That’s close to what they’ve been averaging per quarter over the past two games.
The Bills’ offense has seemingly found new life over the past three weeks. The team put up 41 points in their Week 10 rout of the Jets and consistently found the end zone yet again after their bye, scoring 24 points on the Jags in Week 12.
The Bills have scored 65 points over their past two contests - just 31 fewer than what they scored over the course of their first nine games.
Buffalo’s rejuvenated offense has complemented its elite defense, a unit that has been ranked near the top of the league throughout the majority of the season. Sophomore cornerback Tre’Davious White feels as though the offense’s success has only motivated the defense to fight harder.
“It’s a big boost for us,” White said. “Any time you can have everything clicking at the same time, you’re going to be in a great position to win games.
“That’s what has happened for us for the last two weeks, and I think that the way we prepared [Wednesday], I’m sure we can keep it going.”
2 - Allen receives GMFB’s ‘Angry Runs’ award
Josh Allen left One Bills Drive on Thursday with an illustrious piece of silverware in hand.
Allen was the recipient of Good Morning Football’s “Angry Runs” trophy in Week 12, catching host Kyle Brandt’s eye with his 14-yard touchdown run in Buffalo’s win over the Jags. The NFL Network program sent Allen a trophy, an award he graciously accepted on Thursday’s edition of One Bills Live.
The rookie was elated to receive such an esteemed distinction.
“That’s a big honor,” Allen said. “I don’t think many quarterbacks win this award, hopefully I don’t have to win this award ever again.”
Allen is right - he’s just the second quarterback to win GMFB’s weekly “Angry Runs” competition. The 22-year-old, however, is the first quarterback to receive an actual trophy. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won the competition early in the 2018 campaign, before the show sent trophies out.
Allen broke down the fourth quarter touchdown run that landed him the award.
“I went over to Coach Daboll and Coach McDermott, and we were talking about which play we wanted to call,” Allen said. “We wanted to call a QB run. Daboll and McDermott, they thought that the QB draw was the best one that we had.
“I looked out, we had a fake little dummy signal to try to get that ‘mike’ moving to his right, that D-end kind of fell off, and I was able to use my left arm there. I met 44 at the goal line and I was able to fall into [the end zone].
3 - Sirles taking reps at right guard
Starting right guard John Miller suffered an abdominal injury midway through Buffalo’s Week 12 win over the Jags. The injury has forced the four-year veteran to sit out of this week’s practices.
Veteran lineman Jeremiah Sirles has gotten the first-team reps at right guard in MIller’s absence. If Miller is unable to play in the Bills’ Week 13 contest with the Dolphins, it will likely be Sirles who gets the nod.
Sirles, a versatile lineman who has primarily played at tackle throughout his career, is comfortable with the idea of sliding inside.
“Mostly [reps at] tackle,” Sirles said. “But I’ve been always taking guard reps during the scout team period just to keep up with that just to make sure that I don’t fall off too much so that, if I situation like this did arise, I had something to fall back on.
“I played guard all last year in Minnesota with some tackle sprinkled in. The year before that, I started 10 games at right tackle. I’ve kind of been all over the map for my whole career.”
Sirles’ versatility is something that motivated the Bills to sign him just four weeks into the 2018 season. The 26-year-old has been a plug-and-play lineman for Buffalo, a player that the team can plug in anywhere on the line should something go awry.
The former Nebraska Cornhusker is relieved to be able to focus on one position.
“This week is nice,” Sirles said. “I only have to focus in on one spot. When you’re backing a guy up, when you’re the backup swing guy, you have to focus on both right and left, guard and tackle, you have to be ready for all. Actually, when you’re starting, it’s a little easier for with your prep, because you can focus on one spot, kind of one rules, one or two guys you’re going to be going against during the week.”