Extra Point: Groundhog Pick

Sunday must have felt like Groundhog Day for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Just as he did against Tennessee, Fitzpatrick played a sterling game only to unravel late in the fourth when the Bills were trying to lock up a victory.

Just like against the Titans, Fitzpatrick’s late miscue will receive just as much blame as the defense should for another 35+ point performance. That makes five games in which the defense has allowed 30 or more points. Shocking stat of the week: The Bills have lost all five games in which they surrender more than 30 points.

Danny Woodhead’s touchdown scamper was another astounding lack of run support from any of the 11 players on the field. But the rest of the performance wasn’t nearly as bad as the travesty that made up back-to-back losses to the Patriots and 49ers earlier in the year.

Buffalo outgained the mighty Patriots by nearly 140 yards. Yet they lost the game due in part to ugly penalty yardage and an early fumble that gave the Patriots a short field.

Chan Gailey still underutilized his most prolific weapon, CJ Spiller. But that won’t be the case on Thursday, as Fred Jackson will not be available for the Bills. Spiller finished with an average of 10 yards per play (9 carries, 70 yards and 6 catches, 61 yards). Once again, Spiller averaged a first down every time he touched the ball. Continue reading

Deskchair quarterback – Bills vs. Patriots

Well, the streak is finally over. An offseason of girly dancing, girly haircuts, girly watersliding and girly boots led to four interceptions and the temporary end of the Patriots dominance over the Bills.

Make no mistake, Tom Brady and the Pats will be back. But for now, let us enjoy the victory that managed to trump the comeback from week two. There have been a whole comedy of errors that counted up to 15-straight losses to New England. Even Sunday’s victory seemed to be at the tipping point of a blowout numerous times during the game.

Chan Gailey and company managed to make the necessary adjustments at halftime to slow the Patriots attack enough to gain some ground – they never really stopped the juggernaut but made some necessary plays. That right there shows how much better this staff is than Dick Jauron’s. Skeletor would have marched out at halftime thinking his original game plan would suddenly click. Gailey didn’t settle and neither did his players. It resulted in a fantastic win that the fan base can celebrate for most of the season. Continue reading