It was a hot one down in Tampa last Sunday, and the Bills seemed to employ a scorched earth policy, a military strategy of burning or destroying buildings, crops or other resources that might be of use to an invading enemy force.
Except the Bills used it on themselves, destroying all of the foundations of offense and defense they had built this 2013 season on, and then spontaneously combusting.
Everyone was terrible. The team wasn’t ready to play and it was embarrassing.
Stevie’s alligator arms made it two games in a row where Bills fans wanted to get rid of the bum. CJ and. Fred Ex had nowhere to run and fell or simply sat down often as soon as they got the ball. The OL was on leave, and didn’t block run or pass block for three hours. It was easy to see how many false starts there were because the team wasn’t ready to play.
Even on plays that the team executed they ended up killing themselves. Usually sure handed Robert Woods caught a nice ball, got the bejeesus smacked out of him, and promptly coughed up the ball and half a lung. A questionable hold on Woods got the Bills best play of the game called back, a long TD by CJ.
EJ Manuel was especially bad, although he wasn’t given any help. Out of anyone he should have been used to playing in the heat, after the last two seasons at Florida State, but he faced too much pressure and wilted easily. After just four interceptions all season he threw four balls right to the Bucs, although Stevie Johnson should have caught one right in his hands.
After the second play of the game, the game was over and everything went south. Teams aren’t supposed to run for the bus until the last game of the season.
The officials were as bad as the Bills but even a series of atrocious calls wouldn’t have helped. The Bills ferocious pass rush took the weekend off. Mike Glennon had all day to throw and the Bills defensive backs seemed to just forget about covering just at the right time for the Buc receivers. The aptly named Nickel Robey started playing like the equally aptly named Reggie Corner, which is not a compliment. Leodis McKelvin, who up until this week was having a tremendous season, looked the Lost McKelvin of a couple years ago.
And now the beleaguered Bills have to travel down south again to face the woefully hapless Jags of Jacksonville. The veteran leaders of the team are promising that the team will not go south and wilt embarrassingly in the heat again. Come on down to Busby’s and see for yourselves along with the usual suspects if another scorched earth policy is in the making, or whether the Northerners can make it chilly in the panhandle.