It was a nerve-wracking game for Buffalo Bills players and fans, but the team found a way to defeat the Houston Texans at home by the score of 30-21. The win moved Buffalo to 6-6 on the season and kept the team in the Wild Card hunt. Following the win, here are five things I 'Bill-ieve' following Buffalo's win.
Tyrod Taylor is the starting QB for the Bills in 2016
It's still way too early to say that Taylor is the franchise quarterback the Bills have been waiting for since Jim Kelly retired, but he's already earned the starting job for 2016. Regardless of what QBs become available via free agency or trade, Taylor deserves to be named the starter in 2016. That doesn't mean the Bills can't add another quarterback or two to their roster. Buffalo should sign a free agent backup and I personally believe the Bills should draft a quarterback yearly or, at minimum, every other year. That said, after watching Taylor start in 10 games, the Bills should feel comfortable naming him their starting in 2016.
Here's a look at Taylor's stats after 10 starts:
176-of-271 (65%) for 2,171 yards, 17 TD, 4 INT, 63 carries, 318 yards, 3 rush TD
The quarterback has practically kept the Bills in every game he's started this season. If the team can fix their defense in the offseason, there's no telling just how good Buffalo can be in 2016 and beyond with Taylor.
The Bills won the LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso trade
LeSean McCoy rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries against a very good Texans defense on Sunday. It's amazing how much better the offense looks when McCoy is on the field. Late in the game, McCoy set up the Bills for the win by breaking a big run for Buffalo. It put McCoy over 100 total yards for the sixth consecutive game. Without the trade of McCoy, the Bills offense wouldn't be as successful as its been this season. Trading linebacker Kiko Alonso for McCoy looks like a brilliant move just based upon the success McCoy is having in Buffalo.
If the Bills go on a late season run, McCoy will play a huge role. Next week, he gets a chance to show the Philadelphia Eagles how foolish they were to trade him away.
Sammy Watkins is becoming a star before our eyes
For the third time in five games, Sammy Watkins went for over 100 yards receiving. Yes, Taylor needs to target Watkins more during games, but when the receiver has one-on-one coverage, Taylor is finding him. On Sunday, Watkins caught three passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He outplayed his former teammate, DeAndre Hopkins, on Sunday and showed that he's on his way to becoming a household name in the league.
Watkins currently has 635 yards receiving and actually has an outside chance of finishing the year with 1,000 yards. This is amazing considering the fact that Watkins had 147 yards receiving entering Week 9.
Buffalo deserves praise for containing J.J. Watt
Watt made some outstanding plays on Sunday against the Bills, but he didn't take over the game by any means. This is pretty amazing considering the fact that he faced the likes of Jordan Mills and Kraig Urbik throughout the game. Cordy Glenn also faced off with Watt a fw times throughout the game with success. Obviously Matthew Mulligan and others helped the offensive linemen, but Aaron Kromer and the Bills offensive line deserves a lot of praise for the work they did against Watt on Sunday.
Bills can go on a serious run
Yes, Buffalo has been very inconsistent this season but the rest of their schedule is very winnable. Their remaining schedule includes the Eagles, Redskins, Cowboys and Jets. Philadelphia is currently playing the Patriots tight but they've seen their fair share of woes this season. Washington may be the toughest game left on their schedule. The team has played very well at times and it'll be difficult to defeat the team at home. If they can get past Washington, the Bills will be considered a legitimate threat for a Wild Card spot. At home, the Bills should have no trouble defeating the Matt Cassel led Cowboys and Buffalo already has one win over the Jets to date.
While Buffalo hasn't done anything this season to make you believe they can rattle off four more wins in a row, their schedule makes it possible.