Nov 9, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kansas City beats Buffalo 17 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills dropped a close one to the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a game where the Bills dominated for most of the game. The defense was on point and we couldn’t ask more from them. They were able to stop the Chiefs for most of the game. The offense was able to move the ball, however it was inconsistent, they still were able to put points on the board. This is a game that the Bills had and gave away at the end. Poor coaching and play calling and even to the point of finishing the play.
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So lets get down to the nitty gritty and look at just how the Bills played.
Problems for the Bills stemmed from not having any urgency. It almost seemed like they didn’t see this as a playoff dependent game. It was. The Bills needed this game to help ensure the playoffs. They will need about 10 wins to get there and this means that they will need to win 1 or 2 games of their last 4 which includes the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning. I was thinking that the Packer game was a possible win, but with how Rodgers played last night, hope slowly slipped out the door. They will have to beat one of these teams to make the playoffs now.
The Bills offense was inconsistent. They were able to move the ball on the ground with a trio of backs, which was promising and Bryce Brown even got into the action. The play calling in some instances was concerning. For one the Bills are on the 15 yard line and it is 1st and 10. They can get a first down, but instead call 4 passing plays and every single one was designed for the endzone. Kyle Orton was not on target on any of these throws and 2 of them had not chance and 1 was over thrown as well. It was a tad frustrating, watching and thinking, why don’t they get the first down or have a shorter play on first or second down to make the endzone more manageable.
Bryce Brown fumbles on the 3 or 4 yard line, the ball bounces into the endzone and then into Scott Chandler‘s hands and he fumbles it again out the back of the endzone for a touchback. REALLY!? I really have no words for this screw up, but you have to make those plays. The fumble was one that shouldn’t have happened, Brown relaxed and wasn’t protecting the ball. Chandler needs to have the hands to be able to pick up a bouncing ball that came right to him.
The defense did what it was suppose to. They help Alex Smith and Jamal Charles for the most part and got 6 sacks on the deal and limited Charles, except for that long 4th down run, on the ground. You can’t ask for more out of the defense. They kept us in the game but the defense can only do so much.
The final thoughts of the game are about the coaching staff. Doug Marrone needs to be more aggressive. Yes he went for the 4th and 10 but he had to. Its the 4th and 1’s and 4th and shorts during the game that he didn’t go for. The 4th and short, he wasn’t going for, he was just trying to get the defense to jump on a hard snap count. Snap the ball and get the 1 yard next time. The play calling is too conservative and it almost seemed like Hackett was waiting on Orton to pull another one out of his hat. There is a better chance of getting a 4th and short than a 3rd and long, statistically.
GO FOR IT MARRONE!
The Bills need to win the next three to have a shot at the playoffs now, or we will be looking at 15 straight seasons. Although a stat that I did see was that we don’t have the longest active streak for winless playoffs appearance. We are at 18 and the Bengals are sitting at 22 years. I guess it is something.