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Immediate Reactions: Cleveland 29 Buffalo 27

Alright, so if that wasn’t another shining example of what life is like as a Bills fan than I don’t know what is.  It’s almost like I started writing about it because of games like that.  I couldn’t do it after the game and just needed to shift through it all and see where to go.  I’m going to try to break it down as much as I can and recap some of my thoughts:

 

Trent Edwards was awful for the first quarter obviously and then they just shut him down.  Still been about 4 weeks (coincidently 4 losses) since we’ve thrown the ball down field.  How much do we miss Josh Reed?

 

I thought Fred Jackson’s fumble hurt more than Edward’s 3 interceptions only because we were finally putting a drive together.

 

Nice game by Steve Johnson, although he had that drop. I like that he’s a little bigger and think he could develop into a solid receiver combination.

 

Buffalo has a running game! Although they were killing him for not hitting the holes hard all the time (which I think comes from playing 9 weeks without having any holes), Marshawn Lynch had a phenomenal game last night.  I don’t understand why we weren’t running off tackle more and they finally did it this game.  You can’t run up the gut against a 3-4 with great NT and they finally did that.

 

Trent Edwards played pretty bad, huh?

 

Marcus Stroud is a man-child and played outstanding as did the defense did as whole. To only give up 6 points on those 3 interceptions was huge, but the big run (anyone else see Braylon Edwards holding Terrence McGee) and long drive is what killed this team.

 

Mitchell and Stroud were outstanding pickups and more importantly we need to start blitzing more as last night showed us.

 

It looks like Terrence McGee is coming back to form? Just as Jabari Greer gets hurt.

 

I thought Leodis McKelvin played a sensational game. Obviously the kick returns were the highlight but I thought he played great in coverage too.

 

Is Lee Evans still a Bill because he was so wide open at times I thought maybe he wasn’t actually a player.

 

Finally a kudos to the Offensive line, I liked that Edwards gave the ball to Duke Preston of the QB sneak and they’re pass protection was great and minus a couple Shaun Rogers plays they were actually run blocking out there.

 

What was with the end of the game play calling?  47-yarders aren’t gimmes and they decided to call 3 dive plays?  I’m ok with running the ball there but most of their success came with running the ball off tackle and they should’ve used that shotgun, off tackle play there.

If I hear Wide Right one more time on ESPN I’m going to blowup the network, seriously.

 

What a way to recap the weekend after the Sabres were embarrassed on Friday and Saturday!  Of course like Jerry Sullivan usually writes, they’ll win this week against KC to get all of our hopes up just enough to keep going. 

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Rough Week

You know I said that I was dictated each week in the fall by the Bills and it definitely carried me to yesterday, but between everything going on with getting married I didn’t write until today.  At least the Sabres carried me through on Wednesday.  When I think about the Bills last three games it’s painful.  They’re a sloppy, undisciplined (young) football team.  The offensive line is atrocious and our pass rush isn’t far behind (good thing we have roughly $17 million a year plus tied up in our defensive ends). 

 

Jason Peters’ holdout is becoming a larger and larger burden because they haven’t been able to gel and get into a rhythm together and it looks highly unlikely at this point if they’re going to change that.  But the play calling has to get better for the most part with more runs to the outside and including more ‘wildcat’ formations to take the pressure of the offensive line and more importantly Trent Edwards.  Trent is still making good decisions 80%+ of the time, the problem is his mistakes are becoming increasingly hard to overcome.  Let’s enjoy the Sabres playing tonight and look forward to playing on MNF when all we get to hear about is how Jaws is from Lackawanna and Buffalo Wings and about 20,000 views of the Falls (don’t get me wrong, I love the Falls, but please get another aerial shot for the love of god.

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Immediate Reactions: New England 20 Buffalo 10

That just solidified what everyone was expecting.  The Bills are an average football team.  Three weeks in a row they have not been able to get a team off the field when they needed to.  19 plays and 9 plus minutes?  Really?  With the Jets blowout and Dolphins game it is an awful looking situation for the Bills. 

 

Two interceptions by Trent Edwards were awful throws and really cost us the game.

 

Offensive line has easily become another downfall of this team.  Pass protection was non existent and Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson did everything they can to make it worthwhile.  I have to wonder if Melvin Fowler is that good because the nose tackle has absolutely destroyed us.  This isn’t a quick fix and at this point in the season there is no improvement so get ready for more of the same.

 

What about the goal to go situation where we run the ball on 2nd down and then Edwards checks to a run on 3rd down.  This team isn’t allowing themselves to succeed.  No play action, no fade route, no chance.  Obviously, the offensive line has no push and throwing the ball there out of the shotgun would open up options.  Edwards has ok mobility, why not utilize it out of the shotgun there the way the Matt Cassel did against us?

 

Obviously, we can’t defend the short passing game. Period.

 

How much does this team miss Angelo Crowell, he was the playmaker on this team creating turnovers and being a leader.  We cannot create turnovers and miss his ability in pass coverage as well.

 

This team is definitely a year away.  I liked that Hardy got the late touchdown and that Reggie Corner made a couple solid plays and Leodis had the nice return.  That’s where we are, taking solace in the development of these young players evolving into next year. 

 

Next week:  Monday Night Football, Bills vs. Brown.  I think the Bills bounce back, regroup against a weak Browns defense and save some face on National television 27-17 Bills.

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BIG WEEKEND!

Big Buffalo sports weekend going on.  Sabres play back to back tonight and tomorrow and it caps off with a HUGE Sunday game for the Bills against the Pats.  Sabres start off tonight against the Thrashers and it looks like Tim Connolly has a hang nail or something.  I seriously have to wonder if he’s fragile or has a low pain tolerance or what.  I just don’t get it, he’s from here in Syracuse and I heard he’s had injuries even as a kid so good for him.  Take your 9 million dollars and run.  Anyways, the game against the Thrashers is a home game and I’m hoping to see Lalime in net tonight and see if he can bounce back after his shaky start and give Miller the night off to go against the Bruins tomorrow night in a divisional road game.  Plus Miller typically has done well against the Bruins.

 

As much as I love the Sabres and am excited for back to back games, we all know Sunday’s game is the weekend.  Lost the last 9 to New England.  Yeah I said 9.  We’ve lost the last two in division and a lose on Sunday puts us 5-4 with an 0-3 divisional record.  You know what upsets me over the last two weeks.  We give Dick Jauron a contract extension and then they play arguably the two sloppiest games under his tenure.  Penalties and turnovers abound and now we get a game against a team we haven’t beaten in forever.  I get they don’t have Tom Brady, but they still have Randy Moss and I urge you not to look at his career numbers against the Bills unless you want to throw up.  The Bills need to get the run game going, move Lee Evans around again to free him up and get the vertical passing game going again.  I liked that Derek Fine and Royal had good games last week, but more importantly than that I want to see Roscoe and Hardy have good games this week.  My gut tells me they are going to rebound this week, but until I see something on the field, I’m not going to let my head believe it.  I trust my gut, I trust Trent Edwards, but I need to see us run the ball and stop the short passing game.  The next two games are the Bills season.  First against the Patriots and then next week on Monday Night Football against Brady Quinn and the Browns.  I’m a fan, I can look ahead.  Minimum is a split, but they really need to win these next two games and get to 7-3 and look like they have control of this division. 

 

I’m introducing reactions to the Sabres game tonight, stay tuned.

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