Cole Beasley, Josh Allen lead first-place Buffalo Bills to rare victory on Monday Night Football

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Sep 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver John Brown (15) during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills entered their Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers winless in their previous seven games on Monday Night football since the turn of the century.

But streaks are meant to be broken.

The Bills snapped their winless streak with a 34-17 win Monday over the 49ers behind a career night from wide receiver Cole Beasley, who set a career-high with 130 yards — 113 of which coming in the first half. Buffalo also got a near-perfect effort from quarterback Josh Allen, who completed 32-of-40 passes for 375 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Bills played their most complete game of the season.

“Yeah, yeah it was (our most complete game). I’m always looking for more and I love the fact that our players are as well,” head coach Sean McDermott said. “So we’ll go back to the drawing board this week but I thought the takeaway by Tre White was key down the stretch and the answer when they scored down the stretch — all complementary football, right there.”

Allen additionally set an establishment precedent for culminations through 12 games, passing Drew Bledsoe. It denoted his third game this season with four score passes, tying Jim Kelly for the most in a solitary season in group history.

Albeit the majority of his prosperity this season has come against man inclusion, he set a vocation high with 284 passing yards against zone inclusion Monday, finishing 92% of his passes with two scores.

“I got into a zone today. At the point when it’s turning off your hand and you understand what the ball’s doing, what the tail’s doing, that is somewhat what I felt today,” Allen said. “I comprehended where my folks were. Mentor Daboll called an incredible strategy, our folks worked superbly of executing and, better believe it, in an arch sort of setting with no wind and no cool, you know, when the ball’s turning off your mind you have an inclination that you have preeminent control and that is somewhat what I felt this evening.”

Allen’s certainty streamed to his beneficiaries, especially Beasley, who piled up 113 accepting yards in the principal half, alone.

“It just gives you the certainty to go out there and win. You realize he will discover you,” Beasley said of Allen’s presentation. “I was a little disillusioned in my play a week ago. I was energized for one more opportunity to play better for my partners. Any time you have a person like that tossing to you, you never need to lose a course or let him down, on the grounds that you know he’s searching for you and he will get it there.”

Bison hadn’t won on Monday Night Football since Doug Flutie drove it to triumph against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 4, 1999. The Bills were the main establishment since the beginning of 2000 that hasn’t won a Monday Night Football match-up. They recently played the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in 2018, losing 25-6.

“All successes are acceptable successes yet I’m glad for our association and I’m glad for our fans,” McDermott said. “I’m certain everybody in Buffalo kept awake until late to watch it.”

The Bills fabricated a 10-point halftime lead yet had battled to a – 47 point differential in the second from last quarter entering Monday’s down. They coordinated the 49ers point-for-point this time around, anyway prior to doing likewise in the final quarter.

McDermott said the Bills’ electric first half, in which they outgained San Francisco 277-122 and got 20 first downs to the 49ers’ 9, empowered the group and motivated them not to let a similar second from last quarter hush happen.

“I just think the players have a good level of awareness for it,” he said. “They were fired up in the locker room at halftime to go back out there and put their stamp on this game.”

The win keeps the Bills in the driver’s seat of the AFC East, with a one-game lead over the Dolphins with four games remaining. They’ll remain in the league’s limelight next week when they host the 11-1 Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

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