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Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: For a day, Tyrod can bask in Buffalo sun

Mark Gaughan

Tyrod Taylor played an outstanding game on a day when LeSean McCoy wasn't running wild and directed a big Buffalo Bills win Sunday.

Give the much-maligned No. 5 his due. He was on point against the best pass defense in the NFL.

He had help, of course. The Bills' defense was sensational, especially the starting cornerback duo of Tre'Davious White and E.J. Gaines. Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison did a great job keeping Denver pass rushers off balance with play-action fakes and bootlegs.

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Taylor was particularly good on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter. He made a pinpoint pass on a dead run to tight end Nick O'Leary for 31 yards. He stood in the pocket with pass rusher Shaq Barrett charging toward him and lofted a floater to Jordan Matthews for 25 yards. Then he patiently ran a bootleg near the goal line and waited for tight end Charles Clay to break wide open in the middle of the field for a 6-yard touchdown.

Taylor caught a break on his TD pass in the first half. A high ball caromed off Zay Jones' hands and into the arms of Andre Holmes.

But he made great decisions against a tough pass rush. And he didn't get much running from McCoy. Taylor completed 20 of 26.

For a day, Taylor could bask in the Buffalo sunshine.

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