The Buffalo Bills traveled to Ohio for a Week 2 preseason clash
Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:45 am
The Buffalo Rumblings Podcast: reviewing Bills vs. Cleveland Browns with the Cleveland Browns Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , and the Bills (1-1) emerged with their first win of the preseason after a 19-17 triumph over the Browns (1-1) Friday night. On the latest edition of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast, co-hosts John Boccacino and Anthony Marino offered up their thoughts on what they liked and what they didn’t like from the win over Cleveland, along with offering up their takes on a newsy start to the week from One Bills Drive. Before breaking down the second preseason game, our podcasters gave their thoughts on the news that Josh Allen has been named the Week 3 starter when the Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals at 4 p.m. Sunday at New Era Field. Allen, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Wyoming, has completed 18-of-32 passes in his first preseason (56 percent completion rate), for 176 yards with two touchdowns and a 92.7 quarterback rating. Displaying solid scrambling ability, Allen has added 47 rushing yards on six carries. Allen getting the starting nod for Week 3 means that all three Buffalo quarterbacks will have received a start during the first three weeks of the preseason. Besides Allen’s stellar first two games of his Buffalo career, there was more good news on the quarterbacking front. AJ McCarron, who initially was said to have broken his collarbone in the win over Cleveland, did not suffer a hairline fracture as was first reported. Originally it was thought McCarron would be sidelined for eight or more weeks with the injury, but now he is day-to-day. Back on the field, Boccacino and Marino discussed the aspects of the Bills/Browns game that they liked, starting with the quarterbacking play of Allen and Nathan Peterman, who has quietly enjoyed an outstanding first two games of the preseason. Peterman has completed 17 of 20 passes (85 percent completion rate) for 231 yards with two TDs and one interception. With a quarterback rating of 127.3, Peterman leads all QBs with 20 or more passes thrown in the preseason. Among the other positives from the win in Cleveland: the continued resurgence of tight ends Khari Lee and Nick O’Leary (combined for seven catches for 94 yards and a TD), a solid roster-spot clinching effort by running back Marcus Murphy (four rushes for 39 yards with a key 39-yard punt return), and good games from wide receiver Rod Streater and rookie defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. On the flip side Womens Rafael Bush Jersey , our podcast duo discussed how concerned the Bills should be over the erratic play of the first-team offensive line, which “led” by Russell Bodine and Vladimir Ducasse endured a nightmarish effort in Cleveland. Check out our Buffalo Rumblings podcast to catch the complete breakdown from Week 2 of the preseason! The Buffalo Rumblings podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podbay, Podfanatic, and practically everywhere podcasts are found.Subscribe, rate, and review our Buffalo Rumblings podcast now and leave your comments below. You can also download an MP3 version of the podcast by signing up for a free account at SoundCloud. We are looking for feedback and want to hear from you!Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills: penalties hounding Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills The Cincinnati Bengals’ and Buffalo Bills’ bromance came to a head this past Sunday as a large preseason crowd welcomed Andy Dalton to New Era Field. Like bros tend to do, there were some squabbles, to the tune of 24 penalties. The Bills led the charge of yellow with 14 of those flags. This was the third poor performance in a row for the Bills. “It’s unacceptable,” said head coach Sean McDermott on Monday. “The only word for it is unacceptable. You can’t do that and expect to stay on schedule and move the football, in particular, against good defenses. Cincinnati, yesterday’s example, was a good defense. We have to stop hurting ourselves. Before you win http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/c ... lay-jersey , you have to prevent yourself from losing. Pre-snap penalties or penalties overall don’t allow you to play on schedule football offensively.”Should we be worried? To date, the Bills have had 32 penalties assessed in their three preseason games for 257 yards. They have been called for 36 penalties, including 10 false starts. That’s not great. However, last year they had 34 assessed for 401 yards through three games. During the regular season they finished better than league average, suggesting preseason struggles are a poor indicator of things to come. Basically, this article is for novelty purposes only. Bengals notesThere’s a high rate of penalties from the Bengals that I’d consider to be major ones. Only three of ten (false start, neutral zone and delay) were of the procedural variety. Just like I noted above there’s no reason to think this will necessarily translate to the “real” games. On the flip side, it’s a safe bet that one reason these don’t become regular season trends is because they’re identified and ironed out now. Alex Redmond has likely already heard about this game from his position coach. Goodwin’s defensive pass interference isn’t a mugging, but it’s the right call. More importantly, these are the kinds of plays the Bills want to see go Kelvin Benjamin’s way. In case you’re wondering, Goodwin is incredibly tall for a defensive back at 6’4” and he struggles to cover Benjamin even with the help of some early contact. Bills notesThe offensive line is the main story again. I won’t pile on, the chart speaks for itself. Three personal fouls in a single game is not ideal. Blocking technique might need to be reinforced on special teams and offense. Adam Redmond demonstrates the razor’s edge of the rules in the NFL. FOX analysts disagreed in real time, but he’s rightfully called for a peel back block because he hits Brandon Bell right at the waistline and a little below as he slides. As the contact is from the side it’s illegal. The way Bell goes flying shows why this is a penalty. That’s a lot of force to major joints (hip or knee) against a player that’s in poor position to protect himself. If Redmond was a step faster he likely contacts more to Bell’s front and this is legal.Dean Marlowe was called for unnecessary roughness and gives us a good window into the new lowering the head penalty. I want to emphasize that the intent is not to call Marlowe a dirty player. Players have been taught to lower their body to make a hit and the new rule necessitates a major adjustment in tackling. As the clip shows, Marlowe checks all the boxes for the penalty by lowering his head and initiating contact with his helmet. As he has an unobstructed route, has other options and creates a flat back he’s also checking all the boxes for ejection. (Not to mention the receiver is giving himself up by sliding.) There are major stakes to the new penalty that conflict with ingrained habits.