Bills Breakdown

12:46 AM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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I will grant you it's just a single game, but the trends are clearly disturbing.

Where to start....

How about turnovers.  Four of them for Buffalo.  Three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.  You're in big trouble right there.  

The fact that the nucleus of this offense remained intact was a great source of optimism heading into this season.  Fitzpatrick looked hesitant and struggled with accuracy and timing.  I know that quarterbacks coach David Lee was supposed to help him, and I'm sure the instruction Fitzpatrick is getting is fundamentally sound.   To make a golf analogy, Sunday's performance left me wondering about what often happens when you make adjustments to a golfer's swing.  Things get worse before they get better.   It's only one game, but it's left me wondering if Fitzpatrick is struggling to make that adjustment. 

Time will tell.

On the other side of the ball, this was supposed to be the new and improved defense.  The free agent additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson along with a new 4-3 scheme and experienced coordinator in Dave Wannstedt were supposed to make the difference.

They didn't make much of one Sunday.

The Bills didn't register a single sack.  They failed to get the pressure they needed on Mark Sanchez who threw for 266-yards and three touchdowns.  Mario Williams actually complained about the replacement refs after the game.   The Bills problems were much larger than that.   The Jets exposed the Bills secondary as young and vulnerable.   Without a pass rush they're in deep trouble.

Monday, the dark cloud hanging over Orchard Park might also involve an injury update.  Running back Fred Jackson and receiver David Nelson both suffered knee injuries.   After the game, Chan Gailey said Nelson's injury might actually be worse than Jackson's.  Both, especially Jackson, play critical roles in the offense.  Losing them for an extended period does not bode well.

I'll grant Chan Gailey that it's only one game.

There's a lot to be concerned about.

-abenigni@wgrz.gannett.com

 

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