Buffalo Bills Come Up With Another Shocker, Lead the AFC East
Who would have believed it? I didn't. Most people didn't. After four games the Buffalo Bills stand atop the AFC East all alone with a 3-1 record. New England and the New York Jets are tied for second place, both at 2-2. But the way the Bills have played the first month of the season has people around the NFL noticing.
The Bills followed up their impressive win over the Denver Broncos the week before with Sunday's 23-17 upset win in Atlanta, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season. They did it with solid defense, special teams contributions while getting some breaks along the way.
The Bills intercepted Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan twice and returned what was ruled a Ryan fumble for a touchdown. It looked like the fumble might be ruled an incomplete pass, but a video review held up and Tre'Davious White's 52-yard fumble recovery and return for a touchdown held up.
And for the second week in a row the Bills got a pair of long field goals from Steven Hauschka. He hit on 56 and 55-yarders to extend his streak of successful field goals of 50-yards or more to 11. Those two kicks provided the margin of victory at the end of the game forcing the Falcons to go for a touchdown rather than settling for a field goal as time was running out.
Tyrod Taylor completed 12 of 20 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver Jordan Matthews. But Charles Clay was his favorite target, completing five passes to Clay for 112 yards.
Another road game for the Bills next week with a visit to Cincinnati. The Bengals rolled to a 31-7 win at Cleveland on Sunday. After that the Bills get the bye week, then return to host Tampa Bay on October 22nd.