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Take 2: Good, Bad, and Ugly

11:55 PM, Oct 16, 2011   |    comments
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THE GOOD

You need look no further than the first quarter of this game when the Bills connected on a couple of long scoring plays.  Fred Jackson continues to put up impressive numbers.  He broke an 80-yard run for a touchdown that matched the fourth longest in team history.  It was the longest since Thurman Thomas broke an 80-yarder against the Patriots back in 1990.   Jackson ran for 121-yards on the day and now has six rushing touchdowns for the seaon.  Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick calls him "the one constant."  He's right.

Also in that first quarter, former St. Joe's and UB star Naaman Roosevelt took off for a 60-yard catch and run for his first career TD that gave the Bills a 14-7 lead at the time.   It's an amazing story when you consider the Bills cut Roosevelt at the end of the preseason.   They brought him back to the practice squad and have promoted him to the active roster with all of the injuries at receiver.   It was good to see him follow-up his five catch effort last week against the Eagles with his first career touchdown.

THE BAD

The Bills defense continues to give up huge yardage.   Sal Maiorana and I talked about this during our weekly roundtable that appears in this section before this game.   Heading into this week, the Bills defense was giving up an average of 421.8 yards per game.   That ranked 30th in the league.   The fact they led the league in turnover ratio (+11) offset that in many ways.   That wasn't the case on Sunday.  The defense didn't take the ball away, and didn't sack or pressure Eli Manning.  Head coach Chan Gailey didn't mince words on the issue.

"We've got a problem there... no bones about it."

THE UGLY

This gets back to the other part of the turnover equation.  Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two second half interceptions.  Both of the passes were intended for Steve Johnson, and both were picked off by Corey Webster.   The second came on a first and ten play with game tied 24-24 in the fourth quarter.  Fitzpatrick underthrew a ball that was also too far to the inside.   Chan Gailey said in both cases he thought the receiver (Johnson) had won, and pointed out they simply didn't deliver the football.  

Aside from the season opening win at Kansas City, the Bills defense hasn't been consistent at all in stopping an opponent.  Credit them for taking the football away this season - Sunday they didn't get that done losing the turnover battle 2-0.  

It's no coincidence they lost the game as well.

-abenigni@wgrz.gannet.com

 

 

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