NFL WEEK 10 IN REVIEW: Patriots 37, Bills 31
Two words can be used to sum up this game…
481 total yards for the Bills, 347 for the Patriots.
So how did the Patriots emerge victorrious?
3 turnovers for the Bills, 0 for the Pats.
Tom Brady threw for 237 yards and 2 TD’s, Stevan Ridley ran for 98 yards and a TD, and both Woodhead and Gronkowski made TD receptions in the Patriots’ victory.
This game shows you two things about the Patriots:
- They have a knack for playing down to even the most average teams
- Defense is an option they continue to ignore completely
Despite those 2 things, the Patriots are 6-3, and they still have Brady and Bellichick so they are STILL contenders. ESPECIALLY in such a week AFC.
NFL WEEK 9 IN REVIEW: Texans 21, Bills 9
Matt Schaub threw for 268 yards and 2 TD’s, Arian Foster ran for 111 yards and 1 TD, and Andre Johnson made 8 catches for 118 yards as the Houston Texans improved to 7-1 on the season.
Is it just me, or have people seemingly forgotten about the 7-1 Texans?
The Falcons and Bears appear to be getting all the press at the moment, but the (in my opinion) AFC Championship front runner Houston Texans have an opportunity to fix that in a battle of dominant defenses with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
BALLER OF THE WEEK (Week 7)
I STILL think that Chris Johnson’s return to prominence had far more to do with the fact that he was going up against a Buffalo Bills’ run defense that ranks dead last in all the NFL than it has to do with Chris Johnson ACTUALLY being back.
But nonetheless, I simply refuse to ignore a day that resulted in 195 yards and 2 TD’s, one of which was for 83 yards, on 18 carries against what is STILL an NFL football team.
Chris Johnson, we salute you.
But you still can’t outrun Usain Bolt…..
NFL WEEK 6 IN REVIEW: Bills 19, Cardinals 16
Two weeks ago, the Arizona Cardinals were one of 3 undefeated teams in the NFL.
Now they are a team coming off of 2 consecutive losses, this week’s to a Buffalo Bills team that got torched for nearly 700 yards last week.
Not much has changed about the team that started 4-0. Their defense is still solid, they still struggle to put up points, and they are still playing in close games. The only difference is that now they are on the wrong end of those close games.
CJ Spiller toted the rock 12 times for 88 yards and a TD, Fred Jackson added another rushing TD, and Rian Lindell drilled the 25 yard field goal that earned the Bills the victory in overtime to improve the team’s record to 3-3 on the season.
NFL WEEK 5 IN REVIEW: 49ers 45, Bills 3
There are few things I love more than watching my beloved San Francisco 49ers beat the BREAKS off an opposing team.
And I got to see exactly that on Sunday.
The Niners’ put up a franchise record 621 yards of total offense while holding a CLEARLY overmatched Buffalo Bills team to 204.
That’s right. The all-time single game franchise record for total yards doesn’t belong to a Niners team that includes Montana, Rice, Young or any combination of the three. It belongs to Alex Smith and the boys.
Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and 3 TD’s on 18 for 24, including TD tosses to Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, and Kyle Williams.
But if you will notice, the 303 yards Alex Smith threw for still leave 318 yards unaccounted for.
The 49ers unleashed a MASSIVE 311 yards rushing upon the Bills’ defense (or lack there of) that included 106 yards and a TD for Frank Gore, 81 yards for Kendall Hunter, 49 for Alex Smith, 39 yards and a TD for Colin Kaepernick, and 21 yards and a TD for Anthony Dixon.
So there you have it. A total annihilation of the abysmal Buffalo Bills.
My beloved San Francisco 49ers are now 4-1 and have a rematch against a New York Giants team that defeated them in the NFC Title game on the way to a Super Bowl win last season this coming Sunday.
Let’s just say, I have been waiting for this.
49ers 45, Bills 3
Whose got it better than us?
NFL WEEK 4 IN CAPTION:
NFL WEEK 4 IN REVIEW: Patriots 52, Bills 28
The above score is NOT a typo.
The Buffalo Bills, at one point in time, lead this game 21-7.
That is ALSO not a typo.
After going into the 4th quarter tied at 21, the New England Patriots used Gronkowski, Ridley, Bolden and Lloyd TD’s and a Gostkowski field goal to outscore the Buffalo Bills 31-7 in the 4th, to pick up their 2nd win of the season.
Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and 3 TD’s on 22-36, Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridly BOTH rushed for over 100 yards, Wes Welker continued his journey out of Bellichick’s dog house with 9 catches for 129 yards, and the New England Patriots put up 580 yards of total offense.
For the Bills Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to make Bills brass regret overreacting to early 2011 success by giving Fitz a huge extension more and more with each and every start. What’s the quickest way to make people forget that you 350 yards and 4 TD’s? By throwing 4 interceptions.
It is simply not good when you can’t rely on a QB that helped your team produce 438 yards to lead your team to a win.
So…the Pats’ defense looked bad but got a lotta fell from their 12th man on defense, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills defense looked bad, and if the Bills just learned yesterday that more often than not you LOSE when you turn the ball over more times than the other team, they are in serious trouble.
NFL WEEK 3 IN REVIEW: Bills 24, Browns 14
CJ Spiller caught a 32 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick for a TD, Tashard Choice had 91 yards on 20 carries, Steve Johnson made 7 catches for 61 yards and a TD, and Ryasn Fitzpatrick looked at least somewhat like the QB the Bills overpaid in a HUGE act of overreaction after a great start to the Buffalo Bills 2011 season.
Fitzpatrick threw 3 TD passes, NO interceptions, and put up a QB rating of 107.8 in Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The Bills had 344 yards of total offense and out rushed the Browns 138 to 33.
Those are the GOOD things.
The BAD for the Bills, is that CJ Spiller, who is currently in the midst of an enormous breakout season in place of injured Bills back Fred Jackson, left the game after a long pass play in the first quarter, and came into the game leading the NFL in rushing. Spiller will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, and how long the Bills can expect to be without their breakout star.
If you’re the Bills, this was a nice win, and Browns fans will certainly hate me for what I am about to say, but you didn’t beat anybody. All we learned about the Bills today is that they are more than capable of beating a really bad team. Will the Bills be without both Fred Jackson AND CJ Spiller next week against New England? It certainly looks like a possibility…The next 3 games against New England, San Francisco, and Arizona will tell us what we REALLY need to know about the Bills team.
If you’re the Browns, Brandon Weeden threw 2 more INT’s today, but he still looks much better than he did in his despicable NFL debut. This was NEVER going to be easy for the Browns, and anyone who thought that it was is beyond naive. The Browns have a lottery pick in their near future. Let’s hope they use it wisely…
NFL WEEK 2 IN CAPTION:
WEEK 2 RESULTS: Bills 35, Chiefs 17
Dear Fred Jackson,
Good luck getting your job back when you return from injury.
Spiller was in beast mode on Sunday. Racking up 123 yards and 2 TD’s on 15 carries. Spiller was also a factor catching passes out of the backfield, making 3 catches for 47 yards.
As a lifelong Clemson Tigers fan, I am hear to guarantee you Buffalo Bills fans that may not be very familiar with Spiller’s collegiate days that CJ Spiller is the definition of an all-around offensive powerhouse. If he continues to do this, the 9th overall pick the Bills spent on him in 2010 will prove to be a steal.
The overpaid Ryan Fitzpatrick was NO hero on Sunday, but he didn’t have to be. His 10 completions for 178 yards and 2 TD’s may appear quite modest to the casual observer. But it’s what Fitzpatrick DID NOT do that really made the difference on Sunday.
He DID NOT throw an interception.
THIS is how the Buffalo Bills can win games.
With Spiller breaking long runs, Jackson taking it between the tackles upon his return, and Fitzpatrick being a game manager that doesn’t turn it over.
The Buffalo Bills were beaten in nearly EVERY offensive category by the Chiefs on Sunday. So how did they win? Simple.
Chiefs 3 turnovers, Bills 0.
THAT is the winning formula for this season’s Buffalo Bills.
WEEK 1 RESULTS: Jets 48, Bills 28
Lord, Jesus Christ, and Tim Tebow the Jets offense was awesome yesterday!
And it wasn’t because of Tim Tebow.
If anything, the substitutions of Tebow when Sanchez CLEARLY had it going served as nothing more than an unnecessary nuisance.
The “wild cat” offense wasn’t shocking ANYBODY, yesterday.
It lead to 5 Tebow carries for 11 yards, and 0 pass attempts.
Not exactly “setting the world on fire,” huh?
Mark Sanchez’ uncharacteristic confidence and pocket poise certainly did, however.
ESPECIALLY after a preseason in which the entire Jets offense never managed a single TD during the entire preseason.
This Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez on field combination has ALWAYS stumped me.
When is the wild cat generally most effective?
In COLLEGE football, and goal line situations.
But Mark Sanchez converted 65% of all red zone appearances into TD’s last season.
That is not bad to say the least.
The Jets brass will NEVER come out and admit this, but they acquired Tim Tebow solely to sell tickets, generate buzz, and still headlines from their super bowl winning inner city rivals. Any on field production they EVER get, will serve simply as a bonus.
IF Sanchez plays like this all season, and the wild cat continues to be as innefective as it was yesterday, Timmy will be getting really comfortable on that bench. The more effective Sanchez is, and less effective Tebow is will simply lead more and more to phasing Tebow out of the offense completely.
But HERE is where “overreaction Monday” comes into effect….
The Buffalo Bills have lost 9 of their last 11 games dating back to last season.
They are FAR from a good team.
The question is…can Sanchez and the Jets do this to the Patriots, Steelers, 49ers, and Texans, this season?
Their 1st chance to prove whether or not they can comes this Sunday against a Steelers team that will CERTAINLY be pissed about their Week 1 loss to the Broncos.
We will see what the Jets are made of in Week 2…
NFL 2012 SEASON PREVIEW-AFC EAST: Buffalo Bills
Last season, the Buffalo Bills came out of the locker room like gang busters to start the 2011 season.
They won their first 3 games, one of which was against the eventual AFC Champion New England Patriots, and won 5 of their first 7 games overall.
Apparently, that was enough for a team that has been irrelevant in the football world for quite some time to shell out a 6 year, $59 million extension to barely proven starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. That move back fired in a big way.
After their week 8 win that put them at 5-2, the Buffalo Bills lost 7 in a row and 8 of their final 9. What appeared to be a return to their 90’s prominence, went down in disasterous flames.
Their offensive team stats for 2011 were middle of the road. The Bills were 15th overall in passing yards per game, and 13th overall in rushing yards per game. Fred Jackson, despite going down for the year after a week 11 loss, emerged as a go to running back that finished with nearly a 1,000 yards in only 10 games.
Their defensive stats were abysmal. 19th in passing yards per game allowed, and 28th and rushing yards per game allowed simply are not going to get it done, ESPECIALLY when you don’t have a top 5 offense.
In an attempt to make sure their return to prominence sticks this season, the Bills made a HUGE splash on the free agent market by shelling out a 6 year, $100 million deal to former Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams. The move proves that the Bills front office is serious about returning the Bills to their glory days, and the Bills are clearly attempting to do the right things for their fan base.
So will the addition of Mario Williams win them an AFC East title? NO CHANCE. Not as long as Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick are still alive and representing the New England Patriots. But their days as AFC East cellar dwellars could very well be over.
So what will it take to help them climb the standings? An approved rush defense, for one thing. Mario Williams should CERTAINLY help there unless he all of the sudden morphs into an Albert Haynesworth like fat cat that gets his paper, switches cities, and stinks it up big time. I don’t see that happening. The Bills rush defense will be improved. What would also help in a big way is for CJ Spiller to finally realize the potential that lead the Bills to select him top 10 3 years ago. Spiller was a do it all kind of offensive juggernaut at Clemson University that impacted the game running between the tackles, catching passes, and returning punts and kicks. It’s year 3 for CJ. Time to put up or shut up. He could be a Reggie Bush type of player.
The Bills 2012 schedule is fairly easy for the most part, and I believe that the Bills wills improve upon their 6-10 2011 record, but Bills fans don’t need to start pre-ordering their Super Bowl championship memorabilia, just yet.
PREDICTION: 9-7, 2nd in the AFC East
You know your days in the NFL are numbered when a team releases you and trades for Tavaris Jackson to replace you…
That’s what happened to Vince Young, the number 3 pick in the 2006 NFL draft yesterday.
If you aren’t good enough to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick on the Buffalo Bills roster ahead of Tavaris Jackson, I wonder if there is ANY team Young could catch on with from this day forward…
JaMarcus Russell may have a better chance getting back in the league, at this point…
Patriots 49, Bills 21
Has a team with a defense as bad as this season’s Patriots EVER been 13-3 and won the #1 seed in the AFC?
Not as long as I can remember…
That is ALL a testament to the greatness that IS Tom Brady.
Say what you want about Aaron Rodgers 45 TD’s and only 6 picks in Green Bay, but the Packers just won in Week 17 with a record breaking performance by his backup. The Packers are LOADED with talented recieving options.
Say what you want about Drew Brees’ and his newly set all time record for passing yards in a season, but the Saints are EVEN MORE LOADED with receiving talent than the Packers.
The NFL MVP will not go to the player most valuable to his team, THIS season.
It will go to one of the two most ACCOMPLISHED, Rodgers or Brees.
TOM BRADY is the mos VALUABLE player in the NFL this season.
If you take Brady off of a team that has a defense THAT bad they would absolutely, positively, NEVER have won 5 games this season.
I mean, who in the hell would have ever thought that Ron Gronkowski would have broken the all-time recieving yardage record for a Tigh End???
It’s ALL because of the great Tom Brady.