Simply by letting Geno be Geno, the unpredictably predictable Bills blew the Jets out of the sky and the water by 20 points in GetLife Stadium. Sexy Rexy melted down. The Village Idzik has all the villagers up in arms and looking for his head. And there is all kinds of joy in Pelugaville.
The game turned into a laugher for the Bills because the Jets were so laughably bad. Six turnovers could have been nine or ten except for some lucky bounces. TJ Graham tried to be the Invisible Man laying down in the endzone, which is not really hard to believe after playing that role brilliantly in Buffalo.
Our defense is scary good. The Bills lead the league in sacks and takeaways, and all worries about losing Mike Pettine for Jim Schwartz are officially as dead as the Jets season. While the Browns have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, the Bills can stop the run and still get a great pass rush, led by a series of Fearsome Foursomes.
Mario and Kyle Williams, Dareus and Hughes are the most dominant front four in the league. The only problem at all has become how can we possibly pay them all. Dareus has lived up to his lofty draft status and hefty belly. Hughes may be even better than last year. Mario is quietly abusing game plans and RTs. Kyle is consistently putting the hurt on interior OL and QBs while playing consistently hurt.
And yet the next wave of Fearsome Foursomes, Stefan Charles, Corbin Bryant, Jairus Wynn, and Manly Lawson were almost as good. Eight players on the DL a coach can count on is a luxury few coaches have ever experienced.
Want more, Jim Schwartz? The CB Fearsome Foursome of Gilmore, McLuvin, Graham and Robey is getting better every game, too. Gilmore was rarely if ever beat and started the turnover circus with perfect coverage on team player Percy Harvin. Leodis is #2 in the league in INTs and having a pro bowl season. The safety Fearsome Foursome is so good it only needs three players.
At linebacker, Preston Brown is becoming Kiko-esque. Guns don’t kill people, Nigel Bradham kills people, although at times he was killing his teammates with dumb penalties and bad angles. Brandon Spikes hurts opponents at the point of attack, and is the emotional leader, but lacks the wheels.
The offense is a different story, with a few freaks and a few freakouts. Kyle Orton was has a professional arm and is proficient. He threw a series of gorgeous darts and bombs to Bob Woods, Scott Chandler and Sammy Swat broke the game wide open and the hearts of Jet fans. It’s only four games but he is the seventh rated passer in the NFL with a 104 rating, 9 TDs and 3 INTs, with a 3-1 record.
Sammy Watkins is like a brand new convertible Lamborghini, not only shiny, sporty and superfast, but he’s never covered. The showboat is on pace for 76 catches, 1190 yards, and 10 TDs, which would be one of the best years ever for a Bill WR and for a rookie in NFL history, and would be 12 TDs if he didn’t stop to look at himself on the Jumbotron. His numbers extrapolated playing with Orton all year come out to 84/1572/12.
But all is not joyful in Pelugaville concerning the offense. This is the first time in this author’s life he wasn’t absolutely thrilled with the likes of a 20 point win on the road against the stinking Jets. The OL and running game woes worsened. Boobie and Bryce had no better holes or luck than injured Freddy and CJ. The bunch formations and groupings continue to confound Bills fans as Doug Marrone and Nate Hackett have responded to finding out they have a superstar WR and a veteran NFL QB who can actually make all kinds of passes by closing the ranks and becoming more conservative. We went from the Bickering Bills to the Baffling Bills.
This is the bye week. We lose a chance to play off the momentum of a modest two game win streak but get a chance to rest and regroup. The often bumbling, sometimes brilliant Baffling Bills are 5-3 and right in the hunt. Busby’s is still open for business on Sunday for all the NFL games but see you in two weeks when the Chiefs come to Pelugaville and we see which of the Bills teams shows up.