(Orchard Park) Cole Beasley was so determined to be part of the Buffalo Bills’ longest playoff run in 27 years that the veteran receiver has spent the last three weeks playing with a broken leg.
Her partially broken fibula will eventually heal without the need for surgery. The pain of losing 38-24 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Association final could hurt even longer.
“I expect everyone to get that feeling in the offseason and do what they need to get us where we want to go,” Beasley said in the wake of the loss on Monday. We need to understand what we need to do to improve because the Chiefs aren’t going anywhere, and neither are we. We look forward to the challenge and look forward to another opportunity. ”
Although listed in the Bills injury report as a knee injury, Beasley revealed he broke his leg in the fourth quarter of a 38-9 win over the New England Patriots, during from the 16e week of activities. After missing the Bills’ last game of the season, the receiver returned to playoff play and caught seven balls in a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
“There’s no excuse for anything,” said Beasley, who concluded the playoffs with 14 catches for 145 yards. It was painful in the first game, but after that you take some medicine and you endure. ”
The same can be said of the Bills, who saw their hopes of making a first Super Bowl since 1994 shattered by the defending champions. Trailing 9-0 in the first quarter, the Chiefs revealed the Buffalo’s shortcomings in offense and defense.
The offense led by Josh Allen, who set the Bills record for most points scored in a season (501), had to settle for field goals rather than touchdowns as the score went out of reach.
The defense was no match for the Chiefs’ dynamic offense for the second time this season. The Bills allowed 245 rushing yards for the Chiefs in week six of activity and allowed 325 aerial yards on Sunday.
The end result was a reminder of the gap that still separates the Bills from the NFL elite.
” It’s that simple. To get to where we want to go, we’ll have to beat the Chiefs, said cornerback Tre’Davious White. This is the level to be reached. ”
If so, Bills general manager Brandon Beane has even more work to do.
In the final offseason, following a 22-19 overtime loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of playoffs, Beane filled an offensive need by acquiring Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. .
This year, the needs are on the defense. The latter took a step back by finishing at 14e ranks in the NFL in yards allowed after finishing in the top-3 in the previous two seasons.
As evidenced by the two losses to the Chiefs, the Bills struggled to stop ground play and apply pressure to the quarterbacks without going in for a blitz.
The problems stem in part from an offseason in which the Buffalo team lost defensive linemen Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson in the free agent market. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has meanwhile retired from the season due to concerns over COVID-19.
The inconsistent play of inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, combined with the injury to linebacker Matt Milano, didn’t help.
Although Lotulelei is still under contract and is expected to return with the Bills, the status of Milano, who is a free agent, is uncertain.
On the bright side, the offense has shown growth under Allen, who has set many team records in one season for a quarterback. The third-year, however, got little satisfaction from a season in which the Bills won the American Eastern Division title and their first playoff game in 25 years.
“Stopping a game away from your goal is never fun,” Allen concluded.