The Buffalo Bills played a game full of errors against the Denver Broncos for 59 minutes and 36 seconds, yet they were still able to do enough to grab a late lead of one point.
Then, as the seconds passed at Highmark Stadium, their mistakes and incorrect actions caught up with them. Denver kicker Wil Lutz’s 41-yard field goal attempt was unsuccessful due to a penalty for having an additional man on the field, which allowed the Broncos to defeat Buffalo 24–22.
Sean McDermott, the coach of the Bills, said, “Absolutely, absolutely,” when asked whether it was one of his most puzzling defeats. “We rehearsed switching from dime to field goal block two or three times this week. In the end, we failed to carry it out. Thus, it is unacceptable.
Russell Wilson of the Broncos, with 24 seconds left and no timeouts, kneeled at the Buffalo 23-yard line as the Bills led 22–21. Denver produced their field goal unit without delay.
To match Denver, the Bills went from their dime defense to a field goal block package, but Lutz missed the 41-yard try.
That ought to have ended the match. However, the Bills did not do a good enough job of switching players, so when the ball was snapped, 12 defenders were on the field. Following a 5-yard penalty, Lutz attempted a 36-yard field goal. It’s done, but the Broncos have won.
Tyler Matakevich, a linebacker and special teams captain, said, “You can’t beat yourself in those situations.” “You need to confirm that we are locked in and that everyone is aware of the situation. We, that is, practiced it. We just didn’t carry it out, and that is very, really annoying. Some games will always be nasty; all you have to do is figure out a way to win, and sadly, we were unable to do so.”
Security It seemed as if the Bills had an extra lineman out there for the duration of the play, even though Damar Hamlin was leaving the field late. Defensive end Leonard Floyd was the sole person on the field for the failed kick but not for the winning kick.
According to Matakevich, the Bills were aware that the Broncos would kick swiftly and that the field goal block unit’s replacements were waiting on the sidelines.
“I have no idea. We just screwed up, and it cost us,” Matakevich said.
The Bills offense got off to a poor start once again, but for the most part of the game, the defense did a good job. The defense gave the Bills a shot to win, according to McDermott, as it limited the Broncos to only six points off of four mistakes by the Bills.
“That’s a good offense, a talented offense, and you’re going out there with five defensive starters out to begin with, and I thought those guys played their asses off,” McDermott said.
Nonetheless, the Bills suffered greatly as a result of their offensive errors. The offense got in its own way, despite averaging 7.1 yards per play and a season-high 4.1 yards per carry before to contact. Four turnovers by the Bills equaled the season high. Josh Allen, the quarterback, accounted for three of them with two interceptions and a fumble on an attempted handoff to running back James Cook. The first of those interceptions came off a throw that wide receiver Gabe Davis lost, one of a season-high four drops that night.
Allen stated, “Sucks,” about his late loss. “Never should have been in that situation to begin with. An whole amount of football. An awful lot of football.”
The Bills committed three fumbles in total, two of which were recovered by Cook on the first play of the game and a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter. After the opening play, Cook was benched for the next three drives.
Allen, the first quarterback for the Bills since Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2011, leads the NFL with 11 interceptions and has a pick in six consecutive games.
“I think [Allen has] played well at times and then at times he hasn’t, and you can’t turn the ball over,” McDermott said. “So, we’ve got to figure that out.”
Allen has intercepted ten passes totaling ten yards or more, one short of matching his career best (2018) and 2021. He was under pressure on a season-low 19% of dropbacks, yet still managed to complete only 15 of 26 passes for 177 yards. In addition, he scored one touchdown throwing and one touchdown running. Against four or less pass-rushers, Allen went 10-of-21 with a touchdown and two interceptions. This is the first time since Week 17 of 2021 that he has completed fewer than half of his throws against a standard rush.
The Bills, who are now 5-5 and have the third-hardest remaining strength of schedule in a tough AFC, have dug themselves a hole that will be hard to escape.
Yes, Allen responded confidently. However, the fact that time is running out is obvious. There is now a need for haste.”