One single play against the Chiefs was a microcosm of the game, being a Bills fan the last two decades, and their 2014 season to date. But it is hopefully not a presage to the team’s short, mid and long term prospects.
The SOBs. I’m talking these same ol’ Bills.
They look like they cannot run all year and they run. NO! They start to run well, especially to the right side. YES! Down to the 18 yard line, Bryce Brown gets an actual big hole, explodes through it and makes a heroic run to glory. YESS!! He looks like he will score and maybe ice the game. YESSS!!! A Chief comes out of nowhere and tomahawks the ball away. NOOO!!! It’s punted forward into the endzone. NOOOO!!!!! But Scott Chandler is right there to pick it up and it bounces up right in his hands! YESSSSS!!!!!! He can’t hold on and it rolls out of bounds for a touchback. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
And there you have it. Five yays and four nays. That’s our season. But a couple of those nays were typically, extremely frustrating. The same way the SOBs lose every year.
The Bills had endless chances to win it, and dominated the game, a carbon copy of last year’s gut wrenching heartbreaking Chiefs game.
Kyle Orton, whose accuracy made him somewhat of a savior the first four weeks, had fans yelling “Jesus Christ! He’s wide open!” the next four quarters. Orton was slightly off on several passes, and has to hit one or two of the four times he had guys open for touchdowns. The SOB quarterbacks.
Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon ran hard and had holes. That’s right, holes. The offensive line may have actually looked damn decent. I’ll have to re-watch the game because I still don’t believe it but it appears to be true. Brown looked lethal out of the backfield on screens and sweeps although he killed us with his fumble. After four his rookie year with Philly, Bryce had zero last year but the bugaboo came back. They even come from other teams and are immediately SOBs.
Rookie phenom Sammy Watkins and immortal veteran Fred Jackson were wounded and slow, and it showed, although Sammy clearly beat his man and had the game winning TD on fourth down if Orton could have hit him.
HC Doug Marrone is under fire for a series of strange, perhaps erratic calls and decisions. OC Nate Hackett rebounded with some new wrinkles but confounded fans with insisting on throwing against the top rated backfield and not running, especially when the Bills were averaging 5.0 a pop and the OL was actually opening holes. There, I said it again so it must be true. The inexplicable benching/inactivity of Mike Williams who could have been useful in the redzone has this fan completely bewildered and on the precipice of mutiny.
The defense is playing phenomenal. The Chiefs made about four plays the whole day although they were killers. DC Jim Schwartz dialed up a terrific game plan but had questionable choices late, rushing only three and getting burnt.
Marcell Dareus is a force and freak of nature. 10 sacks is ridiculous in a season for a DT and MD has 10 already, threatening the all-time record of 18 for a tackle. Hughes continues to sparkle against the pass and run. Mario was his common beastly self. The back-ups again looked strong, excluding Manny Lawson’s overbite on two crucial plays including the Alex Smith keeper TD.
Speaking of keepers—remarkably, Nigel Bradham, Brandon Spikes and Preston Brown make a formidable LB triumvirate. In the defensive backfield, Leodis was shaky all game and fell apart after being bent over backwards on his fateful PR. We didn’t need that extra yard, you SOB. Gilmore was a true shutdown and is becoming the #1 pick and CB we envisioned. Duke Williams continues to get more snaps and make more plays.
But last game is in the history and record books, and this week is a short one. We are about to see if this 2014 edition are SOBs or some new and improved incarnation now that we have some relatively new coaches and players, a brand new QB and owner, and a new chance. And it’s against our long time most hated rival, the smelly Fish.
The Bills have a big chance Thursday Night to get back on the horse and back in the race. Come on down to Busby’s in force to see our beloved bastards shake that SOB label and transform into something new. The MOB mentality.
A Most Outstanding Bills.