Another loss and another frustrating game for fans. The big question coaches, front office members, team personnel and fans have to ask themselves is: “what happened to the run game?” CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson combined for 12 carries, yes 12 carries in a game which saw QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throw the ball 38 times! The Bills have a two-headed monster at running back, but instead of running the ball in a fairly close game, Buffalo decided to try a win with the pass. Can we ask for a do-over?
The Houston Texans did exactly what they wanted to do: run the ball and set up play-action pass. It worked perfectly. The Bills run defense allowed another running back in Arian Foster to run for more than 100 yards and a score. Somehow, the Bills official website is citing the Bills rebounded against the run. I guess it’s a rebound when the team was giving up 200 yards rushing, but is striving for mediocrity worth striving for?
Also, as mentioned above, Coach Gailey decided to put the ball in Fitzpatrick’s hands. Well, when Fitzpatrick throws more than 28 times a game the Bills are 5-22. When he throws less than 28 times per game, the Bills are an amazing 8-2. Buffalo also has a RB averaging 7.2 yards a carry. It doesn’t matter what the defense is showing you, you do what you’re successful at.
What to Look Forward to:
Mario Williams rebounded nicely and had a solid day against his former team. Apparently playing against his former team was the spark he needed and the wrist was more of a factor than we all realized. Williams is now tied for the lead on the team in sacks with Kyle Williams at 4½ and this could be the game where Bills fans see the dominant DE the organization paid for.
It’s also going to be another long week as the Bills head to Foxboro to take on the 1st place and well rested New England Patriots. Maybe Buffalo can limit running backs Steven Ridley and Brandon Bolden to under 150 yards rushing in this one.