What a game yesterday was when the Buffalo Bills hosted the New England Patriots. The oddsmakers are probably pulling their hairs out of their head right now.
Yesterday the Bills had the chance to beat the Patriots but just fell a little bit short with the Pats winning in a heartbreaking 23-21. Heartbreaking probably isn’t exactly the word for it.
E.J. Manuel did well. Although I did question if the coaching staff was worried about his throwing capabilities. We all know Manuel can throw, but it didn’t seem like he was being allowed to throw . The majority of plays seemed to involve running plays but no matter what team, if you go to the well too many times the opponent will eventually catch on and expect it.
Maybe Marrone was unsure if this? As a fan I seen quickly the Pats adjust to the Bills running game.
Fred Jackson proved he is still a valuable asset in the running game when he ran 67 yards for an avg of 5.2 yards a carry
C.J. Spiller had a fumble in the beginning of the game which probably could be he was just warming up and ran for 41 yards with an avg of 2.4 yards a carry
Scott Chandler seemed very cold throughout the game. He dropped critical passes and caught only 4 passes.
Stevie Johnson also dropped passes at critical times to extend drives. he got 39 yards and 3 actual catches.
E.J. Manuel threw NO interceptions, was 18 for 27, 150 yards and finished with a 105.5 rating. For a rookie he showed great poise. Made good decisions. However if the coaching doesn’t do what they need to do and let E.J. throw the ball could ultimately, in my opinion be the game factor. Manuel can throw deep. For the most part he is accurate. Let him take some shots down the field. We have a WR corp that can keep up with him.
Notable injuries Ron Wood, broken foot. Needs surgery
Marquis Goodwin, Broken hand, needs surgery
So how does this team give hope and promise?
The Defense, looked good and I feel can only improve. Our secondary is questionable but i think within time they will be serviceable. Pettine has done a good job fixing the mess that Dave Wannstedt created.
Nathaniel Hackett seems to be excited. Maybe over excited. But as time progresses he will better utilize the offensive line. He’s young. He sees how the league is moving. However, please don’t give Spiller the ball until he pukes. We have a perfect mix of players to run and catch the ball. Mix it up. Keep the opposing defenses honest. Manuel has a big arm. Utilize it.
Doug Marrone he has no fear of calling for flags. Which is a big change from the previous two coaches. Chan Gailey and Dick Juron seemed to always be afraid of questioning referees. Marrone isn’t. However, and this could be left over from college, Marrone needs to work on time management. The Bills have could of easily won yesterdays game if time management was better. But once again that will come in time.
Penalties hurt. The penalties in this game though , 13 penalties with 10 of them being a loss for total of 75 yards! The silver lining on these are the ones committed are easily corrected, i am guessing as the season moves on, the penalties will be dwindling.
This is the first REAL rebuild for the Buffalo Bills since 1999. It really will take some time to fix the mess that has been building since then. But as long as the Bills keep improving after every game, as Bills fans, although frustrated, should we really complain?
I think we can be upset. But when a team finally has the promise, at the end of the day, we shouldn’t complain. After all we are finally getting what we wanted. A REAL Football team.