A week ago, the Buffalo Bills looked like they were on the path to becoming the first NFL team to ever go 17-0 in the regular season.
Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, however, exposed some concerns for the Bills (and it eliminated any possibility of going 17-0, though 16-1 is still in play).
The biggest concern, according to ESPN, is Buffalo’s health in the secondary.
The Bills have a major problem in their secondary going forward, with safety Micah Hyde out for the season with a neck injury and safety Jordan Poyer (foot), cornerback Dane Jackson (neck) and rookie cornerback Christian Benford (hand) dealing with various injuries. Nickelback Taron Johnson is the only healthy player with experience playing in the defensive backfield. Looking outside for help may now be necessary. Since the start of the 2021 season, the Bills had not allowed three completions of 20 or more air yards in a single regular-season game, but they allowed three on Sunday to the Dolphins.
The Bills’ offense receives all of the attention nationally, but Buffalo fans know that the secondary is a massive reason for the team’s success in recent years.
Unfortunately, injuries are a variable that every team has to deal with at some point. And you can’t predict injuries so it’s tough to have a plan in place.
The Bills play three more games before the bye week. And one of those games is against the Kansas City Chiefs. As long as they go 2-1 in those games (they also play the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers), they should be in good shape moving forward.
But if guys in the secondary can’t get healthy — specifically Jordan Poyer — Buffalo could be in trouble. The Bills’ offense is good, but it’s not good enough to get in a shootout every week and win (true of every team in the NFL).
Buffalo needs some good luck over the next few weeks. Injuries often derail seasons and that could be the case for the Bills if they keep suffering bad injury luck.
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