Two Quarterbacks with the surname “Allen” took the field in western New York on Sunday as the Denver Broncos came to town to take on the Buffalo Bills.
Denver held the ball for the first 5 minutes of the game and gained 2 first downs in the process of getting the ball to the Bills 44 yard line, but were forced to punt and pinned the Bills deep at their own 10 yard line.
You never want to have a 17 play drive end in just three points, but thats what happened on the Bills’ first drive of Sunday's clash where they went 69 yards to the Denver 21 in almost nine minutes time. But with the powerful Bills defense, a 3-0 lead is still a huge boost. Their aforementioned defense forced a three-and-out on the second Broncos drive, but another great punt by Colby Wadman pushed the Bills all the way back to their own 10 yard line where they would start their second offensive drive of the game.
A bit of Deja Vu for the buffalo offense, holding the ball for 12 plays and nearly 6 minutes but only coming up with three points. This time they got even deeper down the field to the seven yard line, but couldn’t punch it in.
The Broncos went three and out again and once again Buffalo had bad field position to start their next drive after a good punt by Wadman, at their own 16 this time. After picking up a first down, Josh Allen went deep looking for his speedy wideout John Brown, but it was the safety Justin Simmons who came up with the rock for the first turnover of the game. After a blindside block penalty on the return Denver had the ball at their own 47.
Suddenly the Broncos had good field position and an opportunity to take the lead if they could take advantage of the short field. After gaining two first downs and getting to the Buffalo 25 yard line, the rookie quarterback Brandon Allen was picked off by CB Tre'Davious White. At Halftime it was the Bills 6, the Broncos 0.
Opening the second half with the ball, this time it was the Bills offense impressing with a 8 play, 2 minute touchdown drive that included a few big plays and was finished off with a 18 yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley on third and long to finally break the game open and give the Bills a 13-0 lead. The Broncos stayed in it with a long field goal drive to make it 13-3, which was followed by both teams exchanging 6 straight punts, 3 by each team.
Leading 13-3 early in the fourth quarter the Bills were able to put the game away when John Brown caught a 34 yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to build their lead to 20-3. That ended up being the final score today, Buffalo 20, Denver 3.
Denver was held to just 134 total yards for the game and had one turnover. A convincing game by the Buffalo defense.
The Buffalo Bills defense has been one of the best in the National Football League this season. After this week’s win they are #3 in total defense, behind only San Francisco and New England respectively. As their most dominant performance this week proved, they can ride that defense to a win even in a game where the offense is struggling.
The Bills, who in 2017 ended an eighteen year playoff appearance drought, are in a position to get back to the promised land after going just 6-10 last season. Their current mark of 8-3 has them as the first wild card in the AFC and two games back of New England for first place in the AFC East.
The Broncos fall to 3-8 in what has been another disappointing season for a franchise that is just three seasons removed from winning a Super Bowl.