Following Sunday’s gut-wrenching loss to the New York Jets, it is very hard to try and muster up something positive about the Buffalo Bills. Listed beneath are the grades I’m handing out to the team. We’ll begin off with the offense initial.
What stopped the grade from becoming an “F” was Bills Operating Back (RB) CJ Spiller’s rushing performance. Spiller ripped off a 56 yarder for a Touchdown (TD) in the second quarter. But, the Bills would not get on the scoreboard again till the score was 41-7 in the third quarter. At that point in the game, New York Jets Head Coach (HC) Rex Ryan had place in most of his backup players in on defense, and eased up on their attack of the Bills offense. By Ryan performing such, the Bills had been able to score 3 TD’s between the third and fourth quarters. By that time, it was also little, too late for the Bills as the Jets went on to win 48-28.
CJ Spiller had 169 yards (yds) on 14 carries and 1 rushing TD. Spiller had a 56 yd TD run, a 49 yd run, and nearly broke a handful of much more for enormous gains. All round, the Bills had 195 yds rushing on the day. At the moment, Spiller, as well as the Bills offense ranks #1 in the NFL in rushing yds.
Wide Receiver’s (WRs): C
When your starting Quarterback (QB) is either telegraphing his passes, throwing behind you or is late with his throws, it’s quite challenging for a WR to make any plays. Bills WR’s Steve Johnson and Donald Jones had combined for 9 receptions (rec), 96 yds and 2 TD’s. Jones was the greatest pass defender on the field as he batted down a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that would have been intercepted by the Jets. As well undesirable Jones couldn’t play each WR and Cornerback (CB).
Tight Ends (TEs): B
Beginning Bills TE Scott Chandler had four rec’s for 38 yds and 1 TD. Chandler played as effectively as you could have expected from him, given the restricted quantity of throws from Fitzpatrick. Lee Smith had 1 rec for five yds.
Sadly, F is the lowest grade you can give a person. If someone could have the honor bestowed upon them with possessing a lower grade than F, the honor would belong to Fitzpatrick. Even even though Fitzpatrick was late obtaining the ball out to WR Steve Johnson on the 1st choose, if that ball was thrown far adequate to the outside, it’s either incomplete or caught by Johnson. The second interception was thrown behind an open David Nelson. These had been not negative decisions, those were just undesirable throws by Fitzpatrick. The third choose that the Jets returned for a pick six was indeed a undesirable choice from which you see from the likes of High School QB’s, not starting NFL QB’s. Fitzpatrick was either throwing behind his WR’s, slow to throw the pass or telegraphing his passes.
Offensive Line: A
The Offensive Line gave Fitzpatrick adequate time in the pocket on Sunday to make his throws, and did not allow a sack. Also, the line opened some great holes for Spiller to blast by way of.
When it requires practically to the fourth quarter to force a punt, then you know your team is in trouble. When your offense turns it more than 4 occasions, it makes everyone’s job on defense that considerably tougher.
Run Defense: B-
The Bills run defense, especially in years past against the Jets was putrid. But on Sunday, the Bills run defense held the Jets to 118 rushing yds at 3.three yards per carry. Even though the run defense showed important improvements, primarily due to the highly touted defensive front 4 of Buffalo, they could not hold the Jets in 3rd and brief situations.
Pass Rush: F
No sacks on Sanchez, and there were only a handful of occasions exactly where the Bills were able to chase Sanchez out of the pocket. In week 1, the $ 100+ Million dollar investment to shore up the pass rush did not payoff.
Pass Defense: F
The Bills CB’s and Safeties were either giving the Jets WR’s & TE’s a ten-15 yard cushion, or becoming physically manhandled at the line of scrimmage. By far, this was the Bills weakest group of the complete group.
Particular Teams: D-
Looks like the only ones that showed up for the unit had been Bills kickers, John Potter and Rian Lindell. The particular teams unit gave up a pricey 68 yd punt return for a TD.
Just like Fitzpatrick, if any person deserves a lower grade than F, then that honor ought to be shared with Chan Gailey, Bruce DeHaven and Dave Wannstedt. The Bills looked like they had been nevertheless in preseason mode. The Bills defense looked quite vanilla, and barely brought any blitzes. Wannstedt did a extremely poor job of generating adjustments throughout the game.
Right here are some post game quotes from Gailey: ‘”We need to tighten up our coverage which will assist our pass rush,” why thank you, Captain Clear!
“This is a cliché and I comprehend it. It is a single of sixteen and if you win enough, you get in the playoffs.” I have two issues with this quote. First off, Gailey has been preaching since day 1 as Bills HC that he doesn’t hope to win, he expects to win. So, now Gailey has either lowered his expectations, or has been blowing smoke up our collective butts. Second, while Sunday’s game was only one of 16, it was against a division rival [Jets], and the game is only 1 of six. Proper now, the Bills are -1 in the AFC East. Final season, the Bills were 1-five in the division. The greater your win/loss record is in the division, the much better the probabilities you’ll have of producing the playoffs.
A single thing is for sure, the whole Bills group, each players and coaches need to straighten this ship out swift ahead of there is a mass mutiny amongst the natives [Bills fans].