The Bills’ offense is still a train, there’s just a different conductor at the helm.
Thursday night’s 31-10 dismantling of the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams marked Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey’s first time calling plays in a regular season game.
After Brian Daboll left for the head coaching job with the New York Giants, Bills coach Sean McDermott handed Dorsey the keys to the offense.
In his first game calling the shots, Dorsey passed the test with flying colors.
Bills OC Ken Dorsey has called a really good game in his debut.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 9, 2022
Quarterback Josh Allen looked like the MVP contender many are expecting him to be. Allen finished the night on an efficient 26/31 passing with 297 yards and three touchdowns, but did throw a couple of interceptions.
He also ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, though Bills fans might prefer to see him take a few less hits this early in the season.
The blame for one of those picks falls on WR Isaiah McKenzie’s shoulders. McKenzie atoned for his mistake by scoring a touchdown, and was one seven different Bills to catch a pass.
Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis already look like a lethal tandem combining for 12 receptions, 210 yards, and two scores.
Dorsey and the offense should be most proud of their performance on third down. The Bills converted on nine-of ten third downs, and cashed in both redzone appearances for touchdowns.
Bills are 9-for-10 on third down. If they stay at 90%, that will be tied for the best third down conversion rate in a single game over the last decade. (Chiefs were 9-of-10 against the Eagles in Week 4 last year.)— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 9, 2022
Having a talented roster is one thing, but finding a play caller who understands the strength of the team, and especially his quarterback, will make all the difference this season.
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