It's no secret that opposing defensive coordinators will continue to key on LeSean McCoy.
The Buffalo Bills' running back is the team's most explosive player, so trying to take him out of the game will continue to be an obvious focus. When that happens, the Bills need quarterback Tyrod Taylor to show he can carry the offense.
On Sunday, that's exactly what happened. McCoy was bottled up by the Denver Broncos, gaining just 21 yards on 14 carries, but Taylor played one of the best games of his career, going 20 of 26 for 213 yards and two touchdowns in leading the team to a 26-16 win.
Taylor was at his best in the third quarter, when he led a four-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that took just 1:37 to complete. He made a perfect throw to tight end Nick O'Leary for a 31-yard gain down the left sideline, then two plays later hooked up with Jordan Matthews for a 25-yard gain. On the next play, Taylor rolled out and looked like he might try to run the ball into the end zone, in the process freezing the Broncos. He then found tight end Charles Clay wide open in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score.
While it wasn't a perfect showing by the offense, it was clearly a massive step forward from Week Two, when the team managed just a field goal in a 9-3 loss to the Panthers. The Broncos came into the game ranked fourth in total defense. Led by pass rusher Von Miller and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., Denver brought plenty of star power into New Era Field.
Taylor completed passes to six different receivers, managed to escape trouble to extend plays and otherwise turned in the type of performance that – when McCoy is slowed – the Bills will need to win.