The Bills defense has had a few rough outings this year. The past few weeks its been given qualifiers. The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are both very good teams, the Bills defense can’t be that awful… right?
If you were of that belief, yesterday’s game might have you questioning yourself. The Tennessee Titans, not any elite NFL team, tore the Bills defense apart. Chris Johnson, who has had a rather lackluster year, scored his first two touchdowns on the season in addition to 195 yards rushing. Backup runningback Jamie Harper had two touchdowns. Matt Hasselbeck, although better than the normal back-up quarterback, looked like a a solid starter with 205 yards and a touchdown. How about that Bills defense now?
Once again Mario Williams was a non-factor. Marcel Dareus wasn’t exactly a force on the D-line either. Both only had one tackle on the day. The defensive backs were being gashed as well, especially George Wilson. When the game mattered most in Tennessee’s final possession, the defense let the Titans march their way to the endzone in style.
Its been seven weeks. Dave Wannstedt defenses have had two of the worst defensive performances in the history of the NFL. Five tailbacks have made a mockery of their run defense, including Shonn Greene, Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, Frank Gore, and Chris Johnson. The team’s big name players have not even come close to how they should be playing. Add this all together and you should get a firing within the season.
The Bills defense has not only been bad, it has been embarrassing. The first Titans drive stands out. It feels like the Bills are not even trying. Hasselbeck was 6 for 6 while Johnson ran for 24 yards. That’s just too easy.
Things won’t be getting much better soon, as they have to face Arian Foster, arguably the best runningback in the league, in two weeks. After that they face the Patriots again, a team that had two 100 yard rushers in their last game against Buffalo. These performances are far from over. As Terrell Owens once said, “Get your popcorn ready.”