Bills abandoned Taylor in second half, don’t commit to him past next week either
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Buffalo Bills held off the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, pulling off a 16-10 win in Tyrod Taylor’s return to the starting lineup after his benching, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Taylor went 19-for-29, with 183 passing yards and a touchdown in the win. On the ground, Taylor added 27 yards on nine carries. Most importantly for Taylor, he added another win, which must feel pretty good after his head coach, Sean McDermott, benched him last week.
“Big win for us, in all phases we did enough today to get the job done. I’m proud of the way the way we competed,” Taylor said.
While not eye-popping numbers, the win was the first time the Buffalo offense outgained their opponent since facing the New York Jets Week 1. The Bills topped KC 268 to 236 in that department.
Taylor’s presence, like his presence in the second half last week against the Chargers after rookie Nathan Peterman tossed five interceptions in a 54-24 loss, had a positive impact for the Bills offense.
Despite the bright spots and keeping Buffalo’s postseason hopes alive, McDermott did not commit to Taylor for the rest of the season.
“Tyrod is our quarterback next week,” McDermott said.
Additionally, McDermott, when directly asked about Taylor’s impact on the offense, did not mention Taylor’s throwing. Instead, McDermott referenced the team effort.
McDermott will often do so, but in a scenario with a quarterback controversy on hand, a coach could have an opportunity to commit to a player. McDermott declined that opportunity.
“Well I just thought overall today… today… we played good team offense. We ran the ball well at times, I thought Tyrod used his feet at times, we had some critical third-down conversions on some drives. There were some good things going on there.
It wasn’t just one guy, it was spread across the offense, which is good to see,” McDermott said.
When asked about the response from his head coach not committing to him, Taylor said he’ll take things “one week at a time,” with a smile.
“Thankful for the opportunity and going to keep playing the way that I play,” Taylor said.
Along with McDermott’s words not fully supporting Taylor following the game, neither did McDermott’s actions or the actions of offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
Buffalo held a 13-3 lead at half. To that point, Taylor was 15-for-24 with 121 yards. His touchdown pass was an 11-yard crossing route by Zay Jones (3-33). Not take-your-breath-away numbers, but not bad. At that same point, running back LeSean McCoy had 13 carries for 36 yards. Not good.
And that’s where Buffalo opted to go in the second half, the ground game. McCoy only had 13 yards rushing on nine more carries while Taylor only attempted five more passes.
Buffalo went for the conservative play calling which kept the Chiefs around. Luckily, Tre’Davious White’s game-ending interception bailed the Bills out.
Here’s video of Tyrod Taylor’s touchdown pass to Zay Jones: