The Buffalo Bills fell to the New England Patriots in a close game, 23-21. I was not able to watch the entire game due to a power outage that went on from early this morning. I was however able to catch midway through the third quarter till the end of the game. I was not completely disappointed with the performance of the team. The Buffalo Bills hung in with the Patriots and were able to cause some turnovers and the Defense was able to hold Brady off when they were knocking at the door in the third quarter.
As for the awards this week, I will start with the wide-right award first. It became evident that this team is young and still green and unable to close games out but I don’t put that on the players, I put that on the coaches. Marrone had poor play clock management with just under 6 minutes left in the game when the Bills went 3 and out and gave the ball back to the Patriots with just over 5 minutes left. I understand that they want to run an up-tempo offense, which I am all for but as a coach you also need to know when to slow the tempo down and play the clock game. Marrone gets the Wide-Right Award this week.
As for the Buffalo Nickel, Manuel looked good with his two touchdown passes but I think what kept them in the game was the defensive line and the pressure that they kept on Brady for the most part. Brady fumbles a snap on the goal-line, next series, Kyle Williams gets a sack. The Defensive Line and the linebackers were causing havoc in the backfield and they need to continue to do this. The Defensive-line will get the Buffalo Nickel award this week.