Buffalo Bills: this defense is for real

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Jerry Hughes

The Bills look good. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s only two weeks into the season, but the Buffalo Bills sit atop the AFC East as one of only five teams who are 2-0 heading into a Monday night showdown between the Colts and Eagles.

On a day where Bills fans were not only able to celebrate the tremendous strength of Jim Kelly and the fact that they’ll remain in Buffalo under new ownership, the Bills came out and beat up on their divisional rival, the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills took a 9-0 snooze fest of a lead into halftime, and poured it on with two consecutive touchdowns from former Clemson Tigers, CJ Spiller and Sammy Watkins. The defense was dominant for a second straight week, and EJ Manuel didn’t do anything to put the game in jeopardy.

That will be the formula of the 2014 Bills. Rely on a defense that was expected to be a force last year, but ultimately failed to come through. Against the Bears and Dolphins, the Bills defense showed that they will stop the run and constantly pressure the quarterback.

Jim Schwartz is off to a hot start as Mike Pettine’s replacement. If he keeps this defense on the road they’re on, the Buffalo Bills will contend for a division title. The Bills have an offense that is as fast as anyone, so as long as their defense keeps control of the game, Manuel will have chance after chance to hit on a big play or two.

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“The Buffalo Bills, they have two running backs that are very capable, they have a receiver now that’s off the charts, they have a quarterback who’s learning. But defensively these guys are winning on that side of the ball. I feel like that’s why the Buffalo Bills are 2-0. I like them. I like them.”

– NFL Network Analyst Deion Sanders on the Buffalo Bills who won 29-10 over the Miami Dolphins to move to 2-0 and first place in the AFC East.

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Experts said the Bills didn’t have the right coaching in place to build on an extremely young, but talented team. However, an overtime win on the road in Chicago to open the season was a sign of things to come. There will be growing pains, but these Buffalo Bills are developing a killer instinct that will make them a tough out week in and week out.

“They’ve got a nice, young, talented team that they can have for a while to develop.” – NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin on the Buffalo Bills

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