Sep 14, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) point to the fans after running back a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Dolphins 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Hello Buffalo Bills fans! It is Monday and the Buffalo Bills are 2-0 and alone atop the AFC East. It is a good day to be a Bills fan and it is going to be getting even better.
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Last week all of the so called “experts” predicted that the Chicago Bears would win. This week those so called “experts” all predicted that the Miami Dolphins would win. Well I really don’t hate to say it but these so called “experts” should find different career paths. The Bills are 2-0 and the only undefeated team in the East.
The Buffalo Bills defense stood up strong and played well against the run and well against the pass. They were able to get pressure on Tannehill and force him to move in the pocket and recorded 4 sacks during the game. Leodis McKelvin came away with the lone interception for the Bills, but there could have been more. Corey Graham had an opportunity to turn the tides in the second half of the game. Overall, the defense was strong and played the way they should. If Buffalo’s defense plays this way each and every game, we will have a great chance to make the playoffs this year.
The offense was able to put up 1 touchdown out of the 29 points. Another touchdown came from C.J. Spiller and a 102 yard kick-off return. After that, the remaining points were off of stalled drives that resulted in Field Goals. The Bills offense was able to again come away with only a 33% conversion rate on 3rd down. They ended up punting 4 times with a net yardage of 31.8 yards which tells me that they had the field advantage all game long. They were able to make 5 of 6 field goals but none of the field goals were more than 38 yards. The offense stalled 6 times when driving for a touchdown. This is a concern, along with their conversion rate on 3rd down again. Only a 33% conversion rate will not win games. The offense needs to produce better.
Yes, the defense played excellent, but what if they defense hits a bump in the road? The offense needs to be able to drive it home and put up points on the board. Yes field goals are points but what if the other team is able to match our field goals with touchdowns. We would be looking at an additional 20 points added in. The Bills could have scored 49 points yesterday but only came away with 29. The defense held the Dolphins to only 10 so, your basic game plan of scoring more than the other team wins here but the offense could improve on the 3rd down conversions as well as putting the ball in the end zone a couple of more times.
I am by no means trying to be negative on the Bills offense but merely pointing out what I see could be improved on that might come to bite us in the butt later in the year. Our defense is a stud and sill present problems for a lot of teams and will probably win a couple of games for us, but the offense is not to where they could be. They are firing 2 of 5 cylinders right now, and I can not wait to see them when they are on point. This team will be a tough team to stop.
The Bills will face off against the San Diego Chargers this coming week. The Chargers have a good offense in which they rely heavily on Antonio Gates. He had 3 touchdowns and almost 100 yards receiving yesterday against the Seattle Seahawks. Philip Rivers is a good quarterback with decent receivers. Ryan Matthews did get injured in yesterdays game but Danny Woodhead looked like he could carry the load if need be. The defense will have to figure out a way to slow down or even stop Gates from reaching the endzone. If they can do that and the offense put up 27 points, which is the league average for winning a game, they will have a very good shot at beating the San Diego Chargers. Don’t forget that the Bills will have the home field advantage as well.