Some losses hurt more than others, and as die-often Bills Fans we have had a lot of traumatic experience dealing with them.
This last one hurt.
In a game against a previously unbeaten team, the Bills had the Chiefs on the ropes and then couldn’t tie up loose ends. So many tiny plays made tremendous differences in the outcome. And just as many big plays made the little difference in a game of inches.
The Sean Smith INT of an ill-advised Jeff Tuel shotput at the Chiefs’ goal line was a 100 yard return and 14 point swing. Stevie couldn’t have been more open and the pass/decision couldn’t have been any worse. Later, T.J. Graham tried to change the ball to his other hand after a routine catch and changed the entire game instead. Dropped passes on softball throws all seemed to come on crucial plays and downs.
Normally reliable Scott Chandler looked like a sea lion trying to catch the ball. Marcus Easley made easy catches look impossible. Robert Woods couldn’t get out of them. T.J. Graham is not an NFL caliber WR at this point. Marquise de Sade, however, will sado-masochistically torment defenses for years to come, already a huge pain in the patootie to them. Flash Goodwin can not only fly, he has flypaper for hands.
Thankfully, for the Bills and their fans, Tuel Time has run its course. He wasn’t given much help by his receivers, but he threw the ball with all the power of cotton candy. EJ is back in the starting line-up, Hanging Thad will back him up, and Tuel goes back to the workbench or woodshed where he belongs. Matt Flynn had as many chances to win a game as Bryan Flynn.
And yet the offense ran up almost 500 yards against a tough KC defense. The OL gave the Chiefs fits and gave Jeff Tuel all the time he needed to lob passes that were dropped. Fred Ex still has a bright future, except near the goal line. C.J. Spiller looked remarkably like C.J. Spiller.
The defense was insanely good. KC had less than 100 yards rushing and less than 125 passing. Their offense scored six points. Incredibly, their longest drive of the day was 34 yards, which ended in a punt.
Kyle Williams spent as much time in the Chiefs backfield as some guys in the KC huddle. Someone in a Bills uniform named Stefan Charles made as many plays as Jamal Charles. Superb Mario had constant pressure. Kiko had 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, and apparently 1 fan who was provided oral gratification for a Kiko jersey before the game.
The link may or may not be NSFW…
I’m not one to blame officials but the officials blew chunks of yardage. And apparently don’t know what a catch is.
This last loss was tough, which is sad as this version of the Bills shows a lot of toughness.
There are no moral victories after more than a decade without sniffing the playoffs. There are only more losses.
But with EJ Manuel back in control, and a defense finally healthy, the Bills are due to stifle the Steelers on Sunday. Come on down to Busby’s and watch a moral victory become a real one.