Following Sunday’s gut-wrenching loss to the New York Jets, it is really tough to try and muster up anything positive about the Buffalo Bills. Listed below are the grades I’m handing out to the team. We’ll begin off with the offense first.
What stopped the grade from becoming an “F” was Bills Running 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 until 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 carrying out such, the Bills were capable to score three TD’s in between the third and fourth quarters. By that time, it was also little, also 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 couple of far more for large gains. All round, the Bills had 195 yds rushing on the day. Presently, 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 very hard 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 best pass defender on the field as he batted down a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that would have been intercepted by the Jets. Too bad Jones couldn’t play both 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, provided the restricted amount of throws from Fitzpatrick. Lee Smith had 1 rec for five yds.
However, F is the lowest grade you can give a particular person. If an individual could have the honor bestowed upon them with having 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 very first choose, if that ball was thrown far sufficient 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 bad choices, individuals were just negative throws by Fitzpatrick. The third pick that the Jets returned for a pick six was indeed a negative 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 via.
When it will take almost to the fourth quarter to force a punt, then you know your team is in trouble. When your offense turns it more than 4 times, it makes everyone’s job on defense that a lot tougher.
Run Defense: B-
The Bills run defense, specifically in years past against the Jets was putrid. But on Sunday, the Bills run defense held the Jets to 118 rushing yds at 3.3 yards per carry. Even though the run defense showed considerable improvements, mainly due to the highly touted defensive front 4 of Buffalo, they could not hold the Jets in 3rd and brief conditions.
Pass Rush: F
No sacks on Sanchez, and there had been only a handful of occasions exactly where the Bills were in a position 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 10-15 yard cushion, or becoming physically manhandled at the line of scrimmage. By far, this was the Bills weakest group of the complete group.
Specific 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 individual 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 still in preseason mode. The Bills defense looked very vanilla, and barely brought any blitzes. Wannstedt did a really poor job of generating adjustments all through the game.
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 Obvious!
“This is a cliché and I realize it. It is one particular of sixteen and if you win enough, you get in the playoffs.” I have two difficulties with this quote. Initial off, Gailey has been preaching considering that day one as Bills HC that he does not 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, even though Sunday’s game was only a single of 16, it was against a division rival [Jets], and the game is only 1 of six. Appropriate now, the Bills are -1 in the AFC East. Final season, the Bills were 1-5 in the division. The greater your win/loss record is in the division, the far better the chances you’ll have of producing the playoffs.
1 thing is for positive, the whole Bills team, both players and coaches require to straighten this ship out swift just before there is a mass mutiny amongst the natives [Bills fans].