By Brandon J. Koch
The Buffalo Bills begin the second half of the 2017 season this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field.
While this football team is built through defense, the offense has got to step their game up if this team wants to be in playoff football this coming January.
I think this new offense has the potential to break out this second half, here’s why.
Since coming off the bye, Taylor has been better in my opinion. He’s made throws that we never see him make against Tampa and Oakland. Against the Jets last Thursday, I thought he was sharp, but the offensive line didn’t give him much time. I loved the touchdown throw to Zay Jones. Stayed and stepped up in the pocket and threw a strike. If he can continue to step up into throws and yes, use his legs, it makes this offense so much more better.
Benjamin, a player this offense was missing and needed. He can stretch the field, he has good hands. Defenses need to keep an eye on him. Opposing coordinators can’t leave him one on one. He is one of the best at 50-50 balls, I hope Tyrod takes some shots. He will open up the running game for LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert.
After an atrocious performance against the Jets, look for them to rebound for the rest of the season. Everything starts with this group. If they give Tyrod time, throwing the ball can be a huge strength. We’ve seen what the running game can bring if they are on top of their game.
He is expecting to come back this Sunday. Once the top receiver on the team before he got hurt, showed how much chemistry he and Tyrod had together. The deep play action pass game worked tremendously before Clay’s injury, I think it will get going again.
After a struggling start to his rookie season, he has come along the past couple games. He has shown his speed and route running ability and how much he’s adapted to the NFL game. It’s all out of his head now.
Don’t look now but I think he’s getting some chemistry down with the quarterback. It may have been garbage time, but Thompson and Taylor found each other quite often in the second half. That’s how things get started.