The emotional roller coaster, exhilarating win on the last play was won by our Cardiac Kids in a two minute warning drive that was the microcosm of the game, season and team.
Orton was battered, bruised and brilliant in the two (actually three) minute offense. The OL was dramatically bad and then held on for dear life just when it needed to. Scott Chandler dropped a ball and first down right in his mitts on one play and then made a game saving grab of a ballsy, perfect pass on an improbably 4th and 24 howitzer from Orton to save the day and possibly the season.
Hogan went from Sergeant Schultz “I know nothing!” to Hogan’s Hero with a leaping grab with 12 seconds left down to the half yard line which was remarkably placed at the two, which eliminated any chance at a run.
Freddy and CJ were long gone. Boobie was exhausted. But Hackett made the right call, and Orton threw the perfect dart. Bills receivers were amazingly open all over the field. Kyle made an NFL out pattern pass. And Sammy did the impossible, get two yards of separation on a two yard pass in two seconds.
Again, SWatkins made plays all game long, times three on the final drive, once again proving the draft day trade was worth it.
But this is the two minute warning for the season, the team, and its young, inexperienced coaching staff. The game should have been over 12 minutes earlier against the struggling Vikings. The defense couldn’t tackle. The offense sputtered with a terrible game plan. And then Fred and CJ went down and out.
Luckily, Jerry Hughes and Marcel Dareus continue their assault on the league, offensive linemen and opposing quarterbacks, with Kyle and Mario, heretofore the better players and still playing at an extremely high level, just afterthoughts. Leodis McLuvin had two INTs and now leads the league.
But the defense temporarily forgot how to tackle, and the run defense suffered their worst game of the year. They will be tested this week by CJY2K and Chris Ivory who dishes out more lathering than he takes.
And this week, the Boobie and Bryce Show takes center stage in place of Fred Ex and CJ, who may have played his last game in a Bill uniform, but whom this writer thinks will be back for at least one more. Mike Williams is in a dog house no one seems to understand.
Nate Hackett and Doug Marrone continue to confound fans with an inexplicable commitment to PenaltyLee Smith, Chris Dragg, and Frank the Stank Summers over Robert Woods, Mike Williams and when he’s healthy, Marquise Goodwin. The hard-headed coaches got rewarded for bad behavior when a three TE alignment produced a TD pass to Sammy Watkins after Orton noticed 14 had single coverage.
But that was the case often during the afternoon and three times on the winning drive alone, which the spread offense dismantled. Hackett and Marrone, in the last three weeks, have moved the team closer and closer in, and further and further away from taking advantage of their talents, which is clearly in the skill positions, and not as a power running team.
This week the 4-3 Bills take on the 1-6 Jets whom the MSM seems to think are better than their record. The Bill haven’t sacked a Jet QB in NJ since 2011. The stinking Jets also picked up Mercy Harvin, and immediately told him to just “be himself,” which seems like a great strategy for every team other than the Jets. With a crazy coach with one foot fetish out the door, an erratic hare-brained QB, Ron Mexico, a megalomaniacal media and now throwing Percy Harvin into the mix? This is gonna be awesome!
So come on down to the madhouse on Santa Monica, overstuffed with Bills fans, cold adult beverages and free wings at halftime. And celebrate the ending of the season, and perhaps the career of Sexy Rexy, who, at 1-7 will be receiving his own two minute warning. But with time running out to save his job