1] THE BILLS ARE NOT READY, AS OF NOW, FOR THE BIG GAME
The 2015 Buffalo Bills came into the season with a ton of talent, hope, and bluster. 11 games into it we have have failed to execute the plan for the playoffs, and to excite the fandom into thinking it is possible. Last week was the game the Bills had to win and we just didn’t, finding new ways to blow it like only the Bills (and maybe the Browns) can. For the eighth straight season Buffalo has played Kansas City, which seems mathematically impossible, and for the third straight year the Chief game has been one of the chief reasons our seasons seem to fall apart. This year showed us the more things change the more they stay the same.
2] REX IS TOO OFTEN INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED
Rex Ryan was brought in to change the Buffalo Bills culture and its fortunes by the new brain trust and 11 games in, we simply cannot trust Rex’s brain. While the three glaring miscues in the Bills collective “challenging” procedure cannot be wholly or even mostly blamed on the head coach, who is often the man with the least amount of information until someone tells him what happened, the fact that obvious plays on replay were not relayed into his headset, falls back to Rex. It had Bills fan pulling their hair out more than the red flag was pulled out.
But worse, Rex Ryan has been butchering the Bills chances and contributing greatly to the team’s losses by forgetting that he is Rex Ryan! The Bills hadn’t been pressuring teams earlier in the year as Rex toyed with his own old system and his new players, and the results were shockingly not good. He finally got back to being his old self against the Patriots and the Bills defense again started to look like world champion beaters. Then the following week he decides to forget all that again, and play passive aggressive.
It backfired against the same kind of QB we were beat by before – the smart, quick throwing, accurate veteran like Brady, Eli, and Dalton. It made no sense outside of the fact we were decimated by injuries, and yet the only reason Rex Ryan has this job is because he is Rex Ryan. And Rex decided to not be Rex again and it cost us dearly.
3] SAMMY WATKINS IS FRACKING GREAT AND THE BILLS ARE FRACKING RETARDED
Sammy Watkins is one of the best WR in the entire league. Period. Exclamation point!
Watkins is basically uncoverable and unstoppable, even when he is covered, and the only team in the league that knows how to take him out of the game is our Buffalo Bills. Watkins obliterated every Chief assigned to him in the first half, putting up ungodly numbers including 160+ yards and two TDs and then we decided not to throw to him anymore. It’s unconscionable regardless of the coverages KC used in the 2nd half. He’s proven two guys can’t stop him and did it in the first half. They didn’t put three on him.
When we throw to him a lot he makes a lot of catches, a lot of them in the spectacular variety. So then we don’t. It’s hard to say who is to blame the most. To me, it’s Greg Roman who MUST tell Tyrod Taylor to get Watkins the ball more. And if G-ro won’t do it, it’s on Rex to make him.
4] THE QB AND TYROD TAYLOR IS NOT THE PROBLEM|
Tyrod couldn’t pull the game out at the end, he fumbled the ball away once, and faltered late to some degree. He always didn’t force the ball to Sammy in the second half when he needed to. But he made a ton of excellent plays, passes and runs in the rain and cold. He’s in the top five in the league in passing. His first nine games as a starter measure up very favorably to all of the games great QBs. We cannot ask much more of him at this point. He’s pretty good and still has the chance to be very good.
5] THE OFFENSE WAS BOTH POTENT AND IMPOTENT AND GREG ROMAN IS FRACKING FRUSTRATING
The offense is consistently erratic – which includes the play-calling, execution, blocking, passing, running and catching – which, of course, pretty much covers everything. Roman designs and calls some terrific plays to get players in position to succeed but also makes too many mind numbing decisions. As mentioned, he has to get the ball to Watkins. We did put up plenty of yards, first downs and points, and yet something is still not clicking. It needs to from here on out.
6] RONALD DARBY IS CAPABLE OF HAVING A BAD GAME
The likely DROY winner had some trouble throughout, although as usual he was right on his man. Darby was dinged up early and unfortunately his replacement was beat for a bomb to the Bills three yard line on the Maclin catch that was not a catch. Darby was right on Maclin later on the same play but a perfect ball by Alex Smith beat RD for the score. Darby dropped what looked like a pick six in the second half, and then mismatched-up on Travis Kelce on an endzone crossing pattern was beat for a second score by another perfectly thrown ball when Kelce outmuscled RD for position.
7] OUTSIDE OF SAMMY AND CLAY, THE BILLS CAN’T CATCH VERY WELL
The Bills dropped numerous balls throughout the game on offense and defense, although, of course, it was rainy and wet. Rambo appeared to drop two INTs (although one would have been called back). Darby dropped another. Woods and Hogan dropped easy passes. TT dropped the ball just running with it, picked it up and then lost it again going OB. Shady, who had another very good afternoon both running and catching, laid one on the carpet with some careless ball-handling. Rex dropped the ball on several occasions metaphorically.
8] THIS TEAM IS STILL CURSED
The injury and referee bug continues to defy common sense and any form of fairness, but we are so used to it that it is unnecessary to blather on any more about it. A lot of teams have had a lot of injuries, too, this year, and KC had as many or more losses in this game than the Bills did.
9] SPECIAL TEAMS ARE ESPECIALLY BAD
Danny Crossman is in the crosshairs again. Dan Carpenter has now missed three extra points. Marcus Thigpen was an improvement but no revelation. Ron Brooks continues to make good plays and take bonehead penalties. When your KO specialist has to make three tackles you are not doing your jobs.
10] WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE
But after all is said, this team is not done. The bizarre world of the NFL in general and the AFC in particular this season has kept the Bills one game out of the playoff hunt with another must win this week against the stinking Texans, who embarrassed the Bills last season.
They are all must wins from now on, so come on down to Busby’s on Sunday for a Texas Hold Em Showdown. Will the Bills show some life and show the rest of the league we are not cooked just yet?
Show me the baby.