Just a couple of days ago the Buffalo Bills showed everyone the team that they can be. They played an almost mistake free game and looked good doing it. If Buffalo would have been able to capitalize on one or two of the close losses that they had these past couple of weeks, who knows where we would be sitting right now.
The Bills were able to take a 5-4 team, which I personally think that it has been pure luck that the Jets even had 5 wins. 1 of those coming from Buffalo, which in my eyes neither team should have won in week 3.
But nonetheless, the Bills made some changes, some were forced and others were decided on. The biggest note was the younger wide receiver core, TJ Graham 2 years experience, was the veteran of the group. Graham, Goodwin, and Hogan all came up big and made catches that they needed to and all for 1st downs. None of them came up short when running routes, they made sure they were past the sticks for the first.
Another that was noticed was that Nathaniel Hackett was on the sidelines. He is normally up in the pressbox calling the game. I have never liked when coaches are away from their players. There is so much more teaching that can be done when you are right their showing rather than telling. I liked the move, whether it was because EJ needed a little more guidance or Marrone told Hackett to get on the sideline, but it also helps the coach manage the game better as well. You can get a better feel for the game on the sideline, than up in the box. The box can give you information on formations and tendencies but so much more is put into it than stats on a paper.
The changes whether forced or not were positive ones that I think put this team back into the right mindset to finish out the season strong. They are still in line to finish at 9-7 and still have an outside chance at a wild card spot, but will need a lot of help at this point.
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