The Buffalo Bills squeaked out a victory over the Detroit Lions, 28-25.
It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty with struggles on both sides of the football. However, as Josh Allen said a few weeks ago a win is a win is a win.
Incredible news before kickoff
Immediately before the contest, it was announced that the Bills activated All-Pro cornerback Tre White.
Bills Mafia was excited, to say the least.
I’m thankful Tre White is active. I couldn’t deal with the way people, including some in the media, were talking about this story.— Aaron Quinn (@AaronQuinn716) November 24, 2022
Glad we can all move on.
However, many fans left the game scratching their heads at what the Bills decided to do with him.
Dane Jackson struggles
Throughout the contest, Bills cornerback Dane Jackson was getting targeted by Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense.
Goff targeted Jackson early and often and won most of the battles.
Jackson’s sub-optimal day resulted in allowing Amon St Brown to finish his day with 9 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson was the primary defender for most of the matchup on Brown.
The Bills defense vs. opposing teams #1 WR's the last three weeks:— Nate Geary (@NateGearySports) November 24, 2022
Justin Jefferson: 10/193/1
Amari Cooper: 8/113/2
Amon Ra St. Brown: 9/122/1
Dane Jackson primary player in coverage.
This isn’t the first, and won’t be the last game in which Jackson will be called on to step up in coverage.
The biggest, most head-scratching issue with Jackson’s performance? The availability of Tre White. Rather, his lack of availability on the football field.
White was on the field for the first series of the game and sprinkled throughout the contest. However, late in the game, White was nowhere to be found.
Goff torched the defense, marching down the field and nearly winning the game with White sitting on the sidelines.
Every catch Jackson allowed had Bills Mafia further clamoring to get White back on the field.
Please, I am begging you to get Dane Jackson off the field. You have 10 DBs dressed. figure it out. Play the rookies IDC.— Nate Geary (@NateGearySports) November 24, 2022
I'd like to see McDermott actually take Dane Jackson out of the game— Kevin Massare (@KevinMassare) November 24, 2022
It appears now we finally have some answers as to why White wasn’t available to replace Jackson late in the game.
Bills star opens up
Jordan Poyer opened up to the media, outlining that Tre White was on a snap count today.
White tore his ACL last Thanksgiving and the Bills front office has a history of being very careful with players coming off an injury.
Sean McDermott’s post-game press conference shed further light on the availability and game plan for Tre White.
Sean McDermott says Tre White was essentially on a pitch count. He said the team planned on giving him some playing time, but not throwing him right into the mix as a full-time starter. He said the plan moving forward is to add more to the workload.— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) November 24, 2022
While it may not have been pretty, this was a significant step for Buffalo who has their eyes on the ultimate prize.
White will be ramping up each and every week and will hopefully soon not be limited to a snap count.
Getting this team healthy and playing at their highest level is the biggest priority.
Onto New England.
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