If this is how the Bills respond when they fire the offensive coordinator, maybe they should do it more often.
After the astonishing events at New Era Field (or is it Anthony Lynn Era?) on Sunday, many Bills will suggest getting rid of Greg Roman was the correct move, after all, not a scapegoating but a necessary change that could revive the offense and save the season.
I'm not ready to go there. I've learned over many years that one game rarely alters the long-term course of an NFL season. Teams in all sports tend to react with an emotionally charged win after a sudden coaching change. I'll judge this one over the long haul.
But Sunday's 33-18 victory over the Cardinals -- without Sammy Watkins, Cordy Glenn and Ronald Darby -- was an encouraging beginning for anyone who believed that firing Roman after two games might wake up the Bills and get their playmakers more involved in the offense.
With Lynn using a more streamlined playbook and running plays at a quicker tempo, the Bills got their running game going, piling up 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns against an Arizona team that had shut down the Buccaneer the week before.
Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy were on the spot after sticking their necks out by voicing their displeasure with Roman to owner Terry Pegula. Both responded, combining for 189 rushjing yards and three touchdowns against a Cardinals defense missing three members of itsfront seven rotation due to injury.
McCoy, who did little in the opening two losses, ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns -- with 89 of those and both TDs coming in the first half. Taylor had 79 yards on seven carries, including a team-record 49-yard option run that led to the Bills' opening field goal and 20-yard TD scramble early in the second half.
Taylor wasn't so effective with his arm as his legs. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 119 yards, a mere 4.8 yards an attempt. He completed two passes of more than 10 yards to wide receivers. He won, but another unconvincing effort if you're looking for Taylor to prove himself as a pocket passer worthy of a $90 million contract extension.
The defense, coming off the embarrassment against the Jets, was even more inspiring. The veteran stars set the tone again as Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes led a prodigious front seven that forced the Cardinals three-and-out on their first five series and made Carson Palmer look pedestrian -- which is an insult to pedestrians.
Of course, if the defense could make such a stunning turnaround in one game, one has to wonder if the offense could have done the same thing without firing Roman. Just a point.
The special teams were good too, Dan Carpenter's missed extra point notwithstanding. They put the game out of reach when Aaron Williams scooped up a bad snap on the field goal attempt and raced 53 yards for a touchdown that made it 30-7 late in the third.
All in all, it was a coach's dream -- and just what the embattled Rex Ryan needed at this point. It was a win that suited his coaching handbook -- run and stop the run, get after the opposing quarterback and play special teams.
However they did it, it got them to 1-2 and made it a season again. But there's a lot of season. Time will tell if the Bills can sustain this effort, or if Lynn can eventually help Taylor prove himself as an NFL franchise quarterback.