Last Sunday, the suddenly white hot Dallas Cowboys exploded just as the suddenly ice cold Bills imploded. South America’s Team humiliated the formerly upstart now downtrodden Bills, sending the team and the city reeling, and the season on the brink.
NFL insiders now claim that defenses may have figured out the Bills quick-strike, short-passing offense. But the in-jury is still out.
Once Andy Levitre left his LG spot for LT, it changed 40% of the O Line, and wham-bam, heady QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was getting knocked batty and literally rushed into costly bone-headed mistakes. The HC, his QB, and the entire O lack the spark and production of the first 7 weeks.
And now, to literally add insult to injury, the Bills have lost their wood after losing dependable, often dominant center Eric Wood for the season. It is a huge blow to the team and player as Wood has now been tabled for the year 2x in 3 seasons.
The NFL may investigate “The Case of the Missing Yardage” as somehow on a quiet day, Fred Jackson ran for 114 yards from scrimmage. But Fredex didn’t deliver in the passing game as repeated ill-conceived and ill-called screens netted 1 additional yard on 4 so-called catches. Coach Gailey and/or Fitztragic’s insistence on throwing screens on 3rd and long brought terrifying flashbacks to futility of old.
And because the defense can no longer spot any player in an enemy uniform, whether he is good or bad, it means several lost possessions per game for the Bills O.
Bills fans have started calling for the head of Defensive Coordinator, George Edwards. If anyone could find it.
The D can’t stop the run, the pass, or the bleeding.
The Bills are now playing The Three Mutineers at CB, Florence, McKelvin, and McGee, continually waving their capes and letting the opposing team right down the field and their own team right down the crapshoot.
After losing Shawne Merriman, Chris Kelsay, and Kyle Williams to injury, the pass rush has left the building, excluding one aberration against the abhorrent Deadskins. Earlier in the year, fierce pressures caused bad throws and turnovers. Now, opposing QBs hold summery seminars in the backfield before tossing to uncovered receivers undressing Bills’ defenders.
The Special Ed Teams also got into the act in the team-wide drubbing. With Rian Lindell missing 4-6 weeks after being forced to not only kick but tackle, newly signed journeyman David Raynor promptly and badly missed his only try, albeit a 52 yarder. It was another ill-fated decision for Chan Gailey, who up until the last fortnight had mostly been pulling the right strings.
It’s often said that teams take on the personality of their coach, and for the first 7 weeks, Gailey looked controlled and confident. The last two he looked befuddled and erratic.
Since Halloween when Stevie Johnson dressed like Gailey, Stevie forgot to take off the costume and now plays like him. Targeted 5 times, SJ caught 2 passes for 8 yards in the game, a non-factor. The last 2 games may have cost SJ $10 million in contracts.
The lone Bills highlight (some say lowlight), was a short Fitz TD pass to David Nelson, who then pranced down the sidelines to hand the ball off to his girlfriend, Dallas Cowgirl, Kelsi Blondie. There is no crying in baseball and no romance in football. The cuddly gesture in this sad game was more embarrassing than endearing.
Nice Player. Great Guy. Hot Gf. Bad Move.
Nelson should have stayed on the sidelines as he disappeared from the field right after it happened.
Cowboys beleaguered QB Tony Romo looked all-leaguered as he completed his first 186 passes en (fly) route to a passer rating of 148.4, which is 10 off a perfect score.
As a team, the Cowpokes had several perfect scores as The Bills DBs had no answer for something named Laurent Robinson, who caught 3 passes for 73 yards and 2 TDs. Yves Saint Laurent could have caught them as Laurent was so uncovered.
Speaking of no names… Ex no-name Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray continued his scorching assault on the league with 135 YDs, 6 catches and 1 TD against the hapless Bills. The rookie from Oklahoma has hit a walk-off homa every time he’s run. Murray now has 674 yards on only 100 carries and the most yards ever in 4 games for the franchise, which has a couple Hall of Famers at that position.
So now we’re at the watershed moment of the season. The floundering Bills go on a fishing expedition down in Miami against the suddenly spouting Phins. The team needs a blow out against the blowholes to get back in the game in the AFC East, which they are still only 1 game out of 1st place.
A win against the Fins and next week against the Jests in Joisy puts the team right back in the hunt for December. It’s been a surprising season on several levels, and just when you think you have a handle on this team of MisFitz, you get another bolt out of the blue.
Lately for the worse.
But the Bills have shown remarkable resilience and brilliance before. Come on down to the back of Busby’s for the rebirth, or the burial, of the hot and cold 2011 season.