Just like BLD predicted, it was ugly, but it was a win. Any true Bills fan knows that this team, over the past decade, has almost perfected the art of the ugly loss. But, for the past few weeks, we have begun to demonstrate a perspicacity for the ugly win as well. And hell, I’ll take that any day.
Working your way down the box score you might have expected the outcome to be reversed and perhaps, by an even higher margin. That is, until, you hit the turnover category. The Bills forced four turnovers while committing none of their own. QB Jake Delhomme’s miserable season continued as he was picked three times – bringing his season total to 13 compared to only 4 touchdowns.
Bills DB Jairus Byrd had two interceptions in the game, bringing his season total to five, George Wilson added one, and TE Derek Fine recovered a botched punt. The defense, with the exception of the run stop, has kept the Bills competitive so far this season. This week, faced with a top-talent in DeAngelo Williams, the run stop actually held up fairly admirably giving up only 114 yards on the ground. After three previous weeks of well over 200 yards on the ground, this is a stark improvement. It wasn’t all rainbows and puppies controlling the game, however, as the Bills were out-gained 425 yards to 167 and limited to ten minutes fewer in time of possession.
Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did his best to fill in for Trent Edwards (out with a concussion) and did exactly what he was asked to do: don’t thrown interceptions and hand the ball off. Regarding the later, the Bills were horrendous. On 30 attempts Buffalo could only muster 53 yards rushing for an average of 1.8 yards per carry. Regarding the former, Fitzpatrick was just fine completing half of his 22 attempts for 123, 1 touchdown, and zero interceptions. At this point I don’t think we are dealing with a quarterback controversy – Trent is the starter – but whether he is able to go next week against the Texans is quite another story. Out with a concussion last season as well, this could more of a concern than some within the Bills’ organization are letting on to.