Trent Edwards, Lee Evans, and Terrell Owens all had the night off against the Lions. Apparently so did the entire team.
The Bills continued to struggle offensively losing to Detroit 17 – 6. as Buffalo’s attack continued to sputter and stall failing yet again to produce a touchdown. Buffalo finished the preseason outscored an abysmal 75-12 in the first half.
Perhaps the one bright spot on the evening was first-round pick Aaron Maybin, who had a sack and forced a fumble in only his second outing, having only signed a contract in the last few weeks.
Now I know that there are competing theories on the validity of preseason games and the results they produce. In so far as the win-loss column I tend to agree: I don’t put too much stock in the fact that the Bills went 1 – 4 this preseason. That having been said, there is now way that you can convince me that this team is ready to make a run at the playoffs this year. The no-huddle has looked ridiculous, the O-Line shaky at best, and Jauron utterly clueless as usual.
With the season opener just over a week away against the Patriots with a healthy Brady back at the helm I can think of no scarier situation. Of course, the old adage goes that “any team can win any day” in a league like the NFL (save perhaps the ’08 Lions) but even Detroit looked better than Buffalo yesterday with rookie QB Matt Stafford hooking up with the freakishly athletic Calvin Johnson on a strike down the sideline.
Who knows. Maybe the no huddle will click on the big stage of MNF. Maybe the defense will give Brady and the Pats hell. Maybe we just gotta Bill-ieve. Sure would be a bit easier if there had been something to get excited for this preseason. In the words of Van Miller, “here we go … ”