With the Bills out of the playoffs, General Manager Buddy Nix is now letting the fan base know he is on their side. He refuses to answer questions based around Chan Gailey’s future because it seems he’s uncertain. He believes now is the time to move up in the draft for a new quarterback. He wants an “AJ Green” type wide receiver to take pressure off of Stevie Johnson and he is disappointed with the amount of wins the franchise put up this year. So there is some satisfaction that Nix understands what the fan base is thinking about the franchise.
Player to watch out for: RB Marshawn Lynch
The Seattle Seahawks lead the league in rushing yards on first down. Marshawn Lynch is a prime reason the attack has fared so well. The Bills understand how good Lynch is, after all he was the Bills leading rusher in 2007 and 2008 with over 1000 yards. He is one of those players, where as the game goes on, he gets better and stronger. He wears defenses down. The Bills run defense has been in the top 5 over the past 5 games, however, if the line reverts back to the way it was earlier in the season, expect a big day from Lynch.
What Needs to Happen This Week: Win in the Clutch
If Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to salvage his job, his career and his livlihood, he needs to find a way to win in the clutch. Fitzpatrick is 5 for 5 in throwing a game ending interception with the game on the line this year. With every bad decision with the game on the line, he loses trust with his teammates, Bills management and fans. Even if this doesn’t happen (which is the most likely scenario) the next best college quarterback can be the Bills next best player.
Here’s a quick look:
Geno Smith – West Virginia – 71% completion rate, 40 td passes, 6 interceptions
E.J. Manuel – Florida St. – 68% completion rate, 22 td passes, 10 interceptions
Matt Barkley – USC – 64% completion rate, 36 td passes, 15 interceptions
Tyler Wilson – Arkansas – 62% completion rate, 21 td passes, 13 interceptions
Landry Jones – Oklahoma – 65% completion rate, 29 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions
Ryan Nassib – Syracuse – 63% completion rate, 24 touchdown passes, 9 interceptions
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