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Bills Fall to 0-2 in Preseason After Poor Showing Against Broncos

We had our selves another addition of preseason football.  Or some variation of it.  And to be total honest, a pretty lousy showing in Denver I might add.

On Saturday night, the Buffalo Bills did their best impersonation of a Fourth of July sparkler: they started hot and then faded into the summer night just as quick.   The Bills couldn’t generate much of anything in the passing game and the Broncos were able to have their way through the air.  It all adds up to a 24-10 loss dropping the Bills to 0-2 in the preseason.  Buffalo’s next preseason game will be at home next Saturday night against Jacksonville.

The Bills scored on their first possession of the game, thanks in large part to a converted fourth-down fake punt by Brad Smith to keep the drive alive.  Buffalo marched 58 yards on 12 plays in 6:21 finished off with a 40-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to give the Bills the early lead 3-0.  Buffalo snuffed out Denver’s first drive off the game, highligted by a sack from Marcell Dareus. 

Then the bottom fell out.

Denver’s first team offense cranked out 14 points on two lengthy drives.  The Broncos marched 66 yards in 10 plays and 76 yards in 10 plays.  Both drives resulted in touchdowns by Willis McGahee.  The former Bills running back scored on a 1-yard run and a 13-yard pass from Kyle Orton.  By halftime, the Bills were down 14-3 but the real storyline was the rather large transgression in total yards; Denver outgained Buffalo 208-90 in the first half.  Keep in mind both teams had their starting offensive and defensive units out on the field in the first half. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a rough evening, completing just 6-of-17 passes for 44 yards.  It was a healthy mixture of errant throws and never seemed like he and his receivers were on the same page (the most questionable throw of the evening came when he tried to throw a quick slant on third down to Naaman Roosevelt, who was coverd by Champ Bailey).  Fitzpatrick wasn’t exactly very accurate, either, however he faced a steady diet of pressure (both sacks and hits) from the Broncos’ first-string defenders. 

Denver’s reserves added 10 more points in the third quarter on a 49-yard field goal by Matt Prater and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Britt Davis.  After 24 unanswered points by the Broncos, backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen connected with wide out Felton Huggins for a 13-yard touchdown pass, but the game was long gone. 

Looking for better and more consistent offensive play, and a bounce back showing from their depth players following their loss at the hands of Chicago, it seems as though the Bills are still searching and now after an all around poor performance from starters, reserves and coaches we’re left with an adundant of questions to attempt to answer in a short amount of time. 

There’s not much time left for the Bills to get their act together before Sept. 11, and it appears there an awful lot of work that needs to be done.

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3 Responses to “Bills Fall to 0-2 in Preseason After Poor Showing Against Broncos”

  1. Mike C says:

    I thought Bell was supposed to be able to handle speed rushers. For a few plays there I thought Fitzpatrick was going to get killed. Someone on this team better learn how to block or it will be a long season.

  2. Hey Mike, thanks for the comment. I have a bad feeling again that this is going to be a long season. I continue to be more dumbfounded by the day how virtually everyone else around or invovled in football views the Bills’ offensive line as being a complete trainwreck but yet the Bills’ front office continues to view this collection in a completely different light. They had their chances in the offseason. Tyson Clabo was available. Willie Colon was there. Even second-tier guys like Jared Gaither and Ryan Harris were available. Any one of those offensive tackles would’ve been a drastic upgrade. But instead, Buffalo continues to believe Demetrius Bell can be a capable starting left tackle. This whole line is a disaster. Kraig Urbik has looked horrible. Somehow Andy Levitre is on the path to losing his starting guard job to Chad Rinehart. Erik Pears is well, average at best and playing with this group, he might look like an all star. It’s a shame it looks like Eric Wood is the only worthy NFL caliber player on the line and he can’t play all five positions at once. CJ Spiller simply cannot be put on the field in 3rd down passsing situations. He has no clue how to the pick up the blitz and cannot recognize where it’s coming from. If Bell doesn’t Fitzpatrick killed, the next best candidate is Spiller. Buckle up for potentially another long season.

    • Mike C says:

      Thanks Frank! Spiller might be useful on 3rd down, but NOT in the backfield – he simply can’t or won’t block. I also really hoped they’d pick up a few offensive linemen in free agency. Our O-line could stand some more talent and veteran leadership. I understand you can’t rebuild everything at once but you can at least throw up some duct tape on the broke areas you’ll get to later. They haven’t even done that. I’m grateful for a lot of things CHIX have done, but I can’t stand their approach to the o-line. The only thing they’ve really done is pick up players cut by other teams during the regular season. Considering this line’s problems since, well, the mid 90s, that’s a foolish approach.

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