1. What this national analyst learned about Josh Allen in Week 10
NFL Network’s Good Morning Football aired a segment where hosts Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Kyle Brandt and Peter Schrager discussed what they learned from Week 10. Schrager's point was about Bills quarterback Josh Allen. He learned something many Bills fans already know--Allen has the clutch gene.
"Josh Allen can perform in the clutch," Schrager said. "This thing was lost in the Kyler Murray Hail Mary. This final drive if Murray doesn't throw a freak touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, we'd be talking about this final drive all week long. Josh Allen was magnificent in the clutch here. They were trailing, they needed a touchdown to win this game and Allen leads them all the way."
Schrager admitted he was wrong after saying the Bills needed to beat the Cardinals in order to prove themselves.
"Josh Allen can do it and he can do it on the road," Schrager said. "This Bills team showed a lot of fight. I feel terrible for Bills fans this week, you have the bye. Use that to recoup and then you go onto the second half of the season. But gosh, Josh Allen, he can get it done in the clutch. I was wrong, those Bills came to play."
2. Bills DC Leslie Frazier calls Ed Oliver a disruptive force
Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver is in his second NFL season, and if you look at the stats from this year compared to last, he doesn't look to be having as productive of a season. Don't let the stats fool you. Oliver has one sack this season compared to five sacks from his rookie year. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier thinks Oliver is an important piece to the defense regardless of what the stats say.
"He's still a disruptive force in there," Frazier said. "He hasn't been able to put together those flash plays or those statistical numbers that people are so anxious to see. But he's been a disruptor and people have to pay attention to him on the interior. He's getting off of blocks and hustling and making some of those splash plays that don't end up in the statistics.
"He's doing a good job for us. Eventually, those statistics will come. But as long as he's being a disruptor on the inside and creating some pass rush, there's times where he's getting the push to get the quarterback off his spot, that doesn't show up in the stat lines. But he's doing a lot of good things for us."
3. Why this national media member believes in the Bills
NFL.com contributor and CBS Sports’ Adam Schein recounted the nine biggest storylines from Week 10. Of course Buffalo's tough loss was at the top of the list. But, Schein doesn't think the loss will hurt the Bills too much.
All that said ... For Buffalo, this isn't that big of a deal. It stinks, no doubt, but it's not everything. Josh Allen had just hit Stefon Diggs on a spectacular touchdown pass that put the Bills on top with 34 seconds left. That felt like the throw we'd be talking about all Monday. But alas, it wasn't meant to be. You tip you cap and take your 7-3 record to the bye._
Arizona is a legit playoff team. The loss feels like a punch to the gut, especially with the Dolphins hot on the Bills' heels in AFC East race. Miami has won five straight games to get to 6-3. Brian Flores is my current Coach of the Year. Tua Tagovailoa is everything we said he was going to be. But I still absolutely believe in the Bills.
There's no shame in losing on the road to a fellow playoff-bound team. Especially when it's a classic bout and you're defeated with one second left on the clock. This game wasn't about Buffalo blowing it. This was about Murray rallying the Cardinals from a 14-point, second-half deficit for the win.