Yes things with the Bills looked bleak after their awful week two loss to the New York Jets, a Thursday game in which they gave up a ton of yards and points, and again started to look like a team that was going to be caught up in a lost season.
Then, a bold move by coach Rex Ryan, dumping OC Greg Roman, seemed to kickoff what was a turnaround by the team, a turnaround that continued on Sunday with a big win over the Los Angeles Rams out in California that put the Bills at 3-2.
Today we give a couple reasons as to why this Bills team has been able to turn things around, and if they can keep their win streak going as they get set for the 49ers at home.
1. A Focused LeSean McCoy
Sunday McCoy was the best player on the field in the win over the Rams, rushing for 150 yards, and he himself said he felt he could have gone for 200 yards if given the chance.
McCoy is a great running back, a player who if you feed him the ball 20-25 times a game, can make a huge difference and take pressure off the Bills pass game.
Running backs coach Anthony Lynn, who is now the Bills OC, loves McCoy, and you can expect to see a lot more of LeSean as the season moves along.
2. Zach Brown and Lorenzo Alexander
Two guys you probably didn’t think would have that big of an impact for the Bills are playing lights out on a defense that suddenly is getting better and better. Brown at inside linebacker has been outstanding, and Alexander, playing for his fourth team in five years, already has a career-high four sacks, and doesn’t look like he will be slowing down anytime soon.
This Bills team for years has been a team that simply has made to many mistakes on defense, but if you look at the team starting with the Cardinals game, they have played smart as well as intense football, and they look like a different team from the one that lost to the Jets in week two in an ugly effort.
3. Rex Keeping Things in Control
It would have been easy since 0-2 to get on the bandwagon of ‘Rex Must Go’ and start to whisper that Ryan should be shown the door.
Then just like that the coach grabbed his players by the collar, and got them to quickly refocus for that week three home game against the Cardinals, and he’s been good ever since.
No doubt there’s plenty of time for Rex to still make mistakes, but as of now, he’s looking like a coach that is pushing all the right buttons, and has this Bills team looking up.