Sep 21, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) throws a pass from the end zone as San Diego Chargers outside linebackerDwight Freeney
(93) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chargers beat the Bills 22-10. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills took a tough loss this past weekend drawing up their first loss of the season, but no worries, right? They are still first in the AFC East, just tied with the New England Patriots. Sort of.
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While I will take a 2-1 start to the season and still in first after the first 3 games, the loss to the Chargers showed a definite inability to come from behind to win games with EJ Manuel at the helm. But it may not be completely EJs fault either.
With Doug Marrone as coach and EJ Manuel at quarterback, the Buffalo Bills have not been able to recover from more than a 10 point deficit in the past 19 games.
During the first two games, the Bills were only behind for a total of 5 minutes in both games. In week 3 it was the entire game. While they were ahead against the Bears and Dolphins, the Bills were able to rely on their running game and Manuel could throw the ball in situational aspects of the game. He only attempted 48 passes through the first two games. In the week 3 loss he throw the ball 39 times and only connected to wide receivers 7 of 21 times. Basically what it comes down to is being one dimensional. I have said it before, you have to be able to have a running game and a passing game and both be effective to win games. When you leave it up to EJ to come from behind, he has not shown that he can bring the team back from the depths.
"“We have a lot of practice. “We were behind a lot last year,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “I hate to say it like that. No. I just think it’s a matter of grinding it out.”– Syracuse.com"
It comes down to making the throws when it counts and putting the ball in the end zone. If you can’t put points on the board you are not going to win very many games.