Dissecting Joe Brady’s impact for the Buffalo Bills in Week 11…

Buffalo Bills: Dissecting Joe Brady’s impact for the Buffalo Bills in Week 11…

New York Jets v Buffalo Bills

Week 11 was a night the Bills Mafia had been waiting for since Week 4, where the Buffalo Bills’ offense finally looked like their elite self and put up over 30 points for the first time since their game against the Dolphins.

The offense finally looked two-dimensional for the first time in forever, where James Cook, Latavius Murray, and even Ty Johnson all helped the offense in the run and receiving game. The offense didn’t seem too complex and made Allen’s job a lot easier due to not being relied on playing hero-ball all the time.

A high-performing offense seemed to translate energy throughout the whole team. All of that energy was contagious, as not just the offense was firing, but the defense played one of their best games of the season. Although it was against a struggling Jets offense, that energy was still very noticeable on both sides of the ball.

The special teams even let loose, as they looked like they were moving a thousand miles per hour when the ball was kicked or punted. One play that set the tone was Reggie Gilliam’s massive hit that caused a fumble and turnover on the very first play of the game.

All of this happened within the first game when former offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey wasn’t calling plays anymore. Joe Brady was at the helm and noticeably made the offense look very different, but could this be because of Brady?

Could all of this energy be just a coincidence?

Football fans and even some Bills fans believe that the dominant Bills game wasn’t solely on Joe Brady, which could be true, but fans can’t forget how much the Bills offense struggled against the Jets the first time around. Most fans remembered how much Allen struggled as he threw three interceptions and only one touchdown.

In this past game, Allen flipped the script, throwing three touchdowns to only one interception (a hail mary before halftime). Allen helped the offense score over 30 points, which has been the most points scored out of the offense since week four against the Dolphins.

Then again, this performance could be due to urgency from the Bills players and organization, as they were 5-5 with their backs against the wall and needed a bounce-back game to get back on track. Facing a struggling New York Jets team at home may have given the Bills team some sort of incentive to play with a lot more energy rather than Brady being the source of that.

However, the offense’s success could be because Brady changed the playcalling, scheme, and even some notable different play designs. The game plan looked simpler yet unpredictable compared to Dorsey’s complex yet vanilla style.

The key for the Buffalo Bills is to take pressure off Josh Allen

The most important thing that Brady did was take pressure off of Josh Allen, letting some other teammates do some of the heavy lifting and letting Allen unleash some passes when his number is called. Handing the ball off to Cook, Murray, and Johnson 30 times and totaling more than 100 rushing yards is the recipe for building a two-dimensional offense, making defenders bite on play-actions to make throws easier for Allen.

The last time Bills’ running backs recorded at least 30 rushing attempts was back in Week 2 against the Raiders, another game where Allen played great but also didn’t have to do too much. This also allows Allen to perform under center a lot more, which is where he’s been very effective throughout the season.

Overall Allen looked more comfortable, seemed in control, and even seemed fired up throughout the whole game, which is something we haven’t seen often this season. Allen made many smart and accurate throws and even had highlight throws like his 81-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Shakir, who might deservedly get involved more in the offense.

A lot of this also translates to Brady’s energy as well, as there were videos of him in practice running routes and blocking with offensive players. Brady was also shouting and bringing a lot of fire to the practice field, which would most likely help contribute to the Bills players’ energy on Sunday night. Brady’s goal is to get everyone involved on offense and put Allen in the most comfortable situation, which is something that the offense desperately needs.

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So overall, could this offensive explosion with Brady be just a coincidence? Maybe, but there were lots of notable changes and stomped all over a defense that Allen struggled against in week one.

There’s a chance that the Bills could formulate some sort of resurgence and clinch a playoff spot, but with the schedule coming up, they have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, the Bills aren’t too late to get back on track, but this dominating win against the Jets is a great way to start.

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