Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Looking Back: Bills Offensive Report Card

After being trounced two weeks in a row and only being able to put up 56 total yards on the ground last week.  The Bills come out during the week and claim to be rediscovering the run.  That they did.  One of the main reasons for this is the Offensive line.  The O-Line, even though down two men with injuries, was able to control the front 4 of the Cardinals and on occasion, the 6 and 7 defenders that rushed the line.  They held their ground and looked solid.  Fitzpatrick was able to make decisions and not ones that were under pressure then entire time.  The O-Line deserves nothing lower than a B.  There were still improvements that could have been made but the improvement is there.  Fitzpatrick looked better and was making throws and didn’t throw an interception. Because of this. I am looking at a B- for Fitz.  Fitz was still off on his accuracy with some of his throws.  Improvement is needed there.  Jackson and Spiller, made definite improvements and in a sense rediscovered the run game.  They contributed with long running plays on the TD drive in the 3rd.   Jackson did have a fumble, on the first play but came back and was able to score s TD later in the game.  For Jackson and Spiller a B+ is awarded.  The WR crew to include Chandler showed improvements with being able to catch and hang on to the ball.  There were some issues but those were mainly Fitz’s accuracy problems.  Johnson was noticeable in the game catching and then being able to get YAC (yards after catch).  This showed that Johnson was focused and ready to play.  For them a  B+ is graded.  Finally, Chan Gailey to get the last and lowest grade.  The game play was good for the most part but there was one play/formation that was called with 4 minutes left in the game that the Bills need to take out of their playbook.  This being the Wildcat formation.  I have been against the wildcat since the Dolphins brought it into the league.  I don’t see much use for it.  For this play alone and the formation called at this point Gailey is being graded a C for the game.  If this play wasn’t called and a run play was, not saying Spiller or Jackson would not fumble but there was a better chance to limit the heart burn for the end of that game.


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