Not that anyone should listen to Vince Young, he of the 6 Wonderlic, (you get, like, 8, for knowing your name), but when signed to the Philadelphia Eagles this summer he immediately crowned them, “The Dream Team.”
And while the nightmarish 2011 NFL season continues to get scary bad for the wounded, floundering Eagles, the real Dream Team has been the Buffalo Bills.
Last Sunday, the dreamy Bills let Philly’s $100,000,000 man Michael Vick, run and pass all over them for 489 yards, but when Vick looked back for his overstuffed wallet, it had been picked by the Bills.
And picked again.
The Bills opportunistic defense swiped four passes from Michael Pick, including one returned 31 yards for a TD by vampire-toothed, Nick Barnett, which sucked the lifeblood out of the Eagles.
It was the 3rd straight week the greedy Bills D scored a TD on an INT, the most turnovers and touchdowns in the league.
Is this team and season a dream, or for real?
To listen to Coach Gailey and his roster of no-names, they knew they were this good but no one believed them or believed in them. At 4-1 atop the AFC east, and tied for the best record in the conference, it’s time to give credit when the Bills are due.
The Bills out-hit, out-performed, out-coached, and outed the Eagles for being frauds. Sure, Philly churned out just under 500 yards on offense, the 4th consecutive week the Bills have freely given up more real estate than most recent bank foreclosures, but entire games and seasons have turned around from timely turnovers, and that’s what’s happening again.
The Bills intercepted Tom Brady 4x, which equaled his total of all last year. Then intercepted Michael Pick 4x, which surpassed his all-time high in one game. No longer a fluke, it’s a trend.
On offense, the NFL’s 4th leading rusher and top 5 MVP candidate, Fred Jackson, continued to dominate over land and through air. Jackson tarred and feathered the Eagles for 196 yards from scrimmage, setting the tone early with 6 rushes for 36 yards and a TD on the first 7 plays of the game, and finishing them off late.
Ryan Fitzpatrick continued finding nameless, faceless WRs in Bills’ uniforms, orchestrating a street wise if conservative game plan designed to offset the ferocious Eagle pass rush.
The Philly wide 9’s were repeatedly caught upfield and left watching the Bills running downfield. It was a methodical, surgical strike on offense, and complex, attacking defense, designed to fluster Michael Vick into Being Ron Mexico. He made capital gains, and big plays to his lightning quick WRs and backs, but ill-advised passes often became wounded ducks, fluttering into the Bills’ waiting hands.
The game cannot be described properly, however, without lauding and applauding the Bills tandem safeties, George Wilson and Jairus Byrd, who played like all-time NFL greats Larry Wilson and George “Butch” Byrd.
“The Senator” Wilson was all over the field as well as inside the Eagle’s heads with 11 tackles, a couple drops for losses, a few passes defensed, and a NFL Defensive Player of the Week Award. Not to be over-shadowed, Byrd chirped in with several mind-rattling hits, including a crucial forced fumble and recovery from Jason “Idiot” Avant, who somehow catches a lot of passes and yet still can’t hang onto the ball.
Late in the game, the Eagles finally shot themselves out of the sky, remarkably jumping offsides on 4th and 1 on a play designed to force them to jump offsides on 4th and 1 that never ever ever ever works.
It did this time though. And the dream season lives on.
The fans may be dreaming of playoffs, something the Bills haven’t sniffed since the night we partied like it’s 1999. But the Bills themselves are firm Billievers in themselves. And have taken the attitude of their corny, corn-fed coach Chan Gailey. At Wednesday’s Press Conference, Gailey said…
“If you’re a coach and you’re a leader of any sort you’re not surprised by success, you’re surprised by failure. I expect us to win every time we walk out there, I don’t care who we’re playing or when we we’re playing. You expect to win. Everything you do, every practice rep that you take, every meeting minute that you spend is done with the idea that you’re going to win. You’re surprised when you lose, not when you win.”
This Sunday, it’s the New Jersey Giants who are in for the surprise. Come on down to Busby’s and see the Bills be Giant killers.
Dare to dream-
NFL.com covered the game at Busbys here- http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d822fcc22/article/tebow-awakens-broncos-bills-jets-fans-on-opposite-ends