The Buffalo Bills recently made a significant acquisition of Von Miller with high hopes that he would serve as a game-changer. However, in their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, Miller’s performance didn’t quite live up to expectations. The Bills, currently holding a 5-4 record, suffered a 24-18 defeat at the hands of the Bengals, who are at 5-3.
In spite of their many injuries, Buffalo’s defense had a great game against Cincinnati. Still, there was a critical moment when Miller missed an important tackle. The Bengals were in a third-and-three position at this crucial point in the fourth quarter, which came at the two-minute warning. Running back Joe Mixon accepted the ball from them, and Miller was there to greet him right away. What might have been a five-yard gain instead of a tackle for a loss? Buffalo was doomed from this play because of its few timeouts.
Although the defense looked good overall, Miller accepted responsibility for the missed tackle, saying, “I have to make that tackle.” It should be noted that Miller was still recovering from a season-ending knee injury from the previous year. He played 24 snaps in the game against the Bengals while on a snap count; Cincinnati used three of those snaps as kneel-downs to end the game.
The head coach of Buffalo, Sean McDermott, has not stopped endorsing Miller and highlighting the effort he is making to get back to full strength. According to McDermott, “He’s working as hard as he possibly can. Von is Von, and he’s going to continue to work hard. He has that resume for a reason.”
The Buffalo Bills’ hopes of competing for a Super Bowl have diminished because of their difficult circumstances and present position outside of the AFC playoff picture. Von Miller needs to go back to his best sooner rather than later if they want to turn around their situation.