The Bills pulled a minor upset of the Denver Broncos Sunday at New Era Field, logging a 26-16 win that kept them tied for first in the division at 2-1.
LeSean McCoy was held to just 21 yards for his second down game in a row, but the Bills' passing attack came through when it was needed and the defense continued its rock-solid start to the season to secure the victory.
As nice as the win was, it was overshadowed by a dramatic rise in leaguewide protests during the national anthem, including in Buffalo. About a dozen Bills players and the majority of Broncos took a knee during the anthem, both in protest of social injustice and in solidarity with their brothers across the league after President Trump said he would fire "son of a bitch" players who kneeled during the anthem if given the chance.
"I took a knee today," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "Does that mean I'm an SOB now? Is my mom a B? No."
Shady comes around: McCoy said earlier this month that Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement, was a "distraction" who didn't have enough talent to play. But Sunday, McCoy joined in the protests, stretching during the course of the anthem. What changed for him?
"I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is acting like a jerk, angry and upset about NFL players protesting in a peaceful manner,” McCoy said. More from him and others in Kimberley A. Martin's column.
Ask a Gold Star Family: A Gold Star Family is one that has lost a loved one in battle. Tim Graham met up with one at New Era Field Sunday and got their thoughts on the issue.
Rex feels buyer's remorse: Former Bills coach Rex Ryan, who introduced Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Buffalo, said on ESPN Sunday that the president's latest comments were "appalling."
"I never signed up for that," Ryan said of being associated with all of Trump's actions after introducing him. "I never wanted that."
10 plays that shaped the game: The Bills' use of play-action passes limited the Broncos' pass rush, Mark Gaughan wrote.
Report Card: There were no F's this week, but man, the Bills' running game needs to get going.
Sullivan: The Bills' resilient defense rose to the occasion, Jerry Sullivan wrote.
Matchup winners: The Bills' O-line prevented Sunday from turning into The Von Miller Show. Speaking of Miller...
Von Miller flagged for punking Tyrod: Von Miller offered Tyrod Taylor a hand ... and then pulled it away. It was more playful than mean, but refs still hit Miller with a 15-yard penalty, which allowed the Bills to move into field-goal range and make it a two-possession game.
Tyrod got the last laugh: Bucky Gleason asked Taylor if he was laughing after the Miller play because it was funny or because it was flagged. "Both," Taylor said.
Random fantasy stud of the week: Vikings QB Case Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bucs. Honorable mention to kickers Matt Prater and Steven Hauschka, who had 19 points each.
Watch: Our team's takeaway from the Bills' 10-point victory.