The second game of the preseason and the Buffalo Bills are 2-0. A win against the Vikings 20-16. Yes it is only preseason and nothing really counts as far as wins and loses, but still the Bills have shown us more in this preseason than in some of the years past.
There were a lot of good plays that could be awarded but I think that E.J Manuel will get the Buffalo Nickel Award this week. Manuel did not come into the game until the start of the 2nd half, but the transition by the Buffalo team as well as the way they carried themselves on the field definitely differed than when Kolb was on the field. Manuel also took some chances, more than last week, and used his feet again. He seemed to be in control from start to finish when on the field and I have to say that if this is the way that the practices are going, Manuel will easily take the starting job coming into week 1.
The Wide-Right award goes to not just one person but the entire team. One of the keys going into the game was to limit the penalties and I don’t think that the players really understood what limit meant. They came away with 14 penalties for 106 yards and still won the game. The Vikings were only charged 3 penalties for 30 yards. My Wide-Right awards go to the players that got those penalties.
Honorable Mention – As I was watching the game, I caught a stat that came up on the screen and thought that there needs to be recognition given. It goes to Mike Pettine and the defensive play calling. In the 3rd quarter, the Bills had 11 defensive plays. Not too shabby as the offense kept them off the field, but what was more interesting was that they blitz 8 out of the 11 times. Wannstedt, I don’t think blitz 8 times all of last year. Aggressive defense will win games. Keep it going Pettine!