Its over. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not even December and the Bills have the slimest of chances to make the playoffs, which means they won’t make it. They aren’t mathematically eliminated, but its a snowballs chance on a Las Vegas summer day if they can make the dance. All it took was one road game in Indianapolis against a budding start in Andrew Luck for the Bills to falter for a 13th straight season.
Buffalo had everything fall their way: Pittsburgh lost. Tennessee lost. The Jets lost. However, like teams of past seasons, the Bills could not seize the day and they will be on the outside looking in. The defense held the Colts to only 13 points, a great feat, however it was the offense which struggled. CJ Spiller played less snaps than Fred Jackson once again, DESPITE getting 104 yards on only 14 carries and Spiller did not touch the ball once in the 4th quarter. Now I’m not one to question play calling, but sometimes I think coaches “out-coach” themselves. You cannot use your best player as a decoy, you have to put the ball into his hands and let him carry the team.
The Baltimore Ravens are a perfect example of that. Late in the game in San Diego on a play that was not designed the way it turned out, Joe Flacco hit Ray Rice on a checkdown to pick up an improbable 4th and 29. Thanks to a key block from another great player in Anquan Boldin, Rice picked up the first down and led the Ravens to victory. It was in large part to Flacco putting the ball in his BEST players hands, something the Bills need to learn and haven’t learned in 13 seasons.
What to Look Forward to:
The players still need your support and with 4 home games to go (1 in Toronto) it will be interesting to see which player wants to leave town on the next Red Eye and which player wants to stay to turn this thing around. One thing is for sure the December Bills games will not be easy to watch.
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