Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bills/Jags Recap

Is it time to think ahead to the 2011 Draft yet? Despite a fairly strong offensive showing, the Bills fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1985 by falling 36-26 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid, if somewhat erratic, completing 20 of 30 passes for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns (two to Steve Johnson, who very quietly has four on the young season). Once again however, the run defense proved to be the Achilles Heel (or at least one of them) as the Bills gave up over two hundred yards rushing for the third straight contest (216). 


-The Bills were slightly better at getting off the field on third down defensively, but it helped them little in the time of possession battle. The Jags held the ball for over 34 minutes despite giving the Bills three extra possessions due to turnovers.

-The Bills D still cannot cover tight ends (Marcedes Lewis had two touchdowns), and still has some mind boggling containment issues (the Jags ran the same end around to Mike Walker three times, resulting in 53 yards and two first downs).

-Ryan Fitzpatrick, while playing fairly well, still had a few passes not thrown to any one specific individual, so much as the universe at large.

- The offense is still struggling to find ways to get the ball into CJ Spiller's hands. He touched the ball a total of six times for 34 yards on offense, although he ran well when he did touch it.

- The Bills were not penalized excessively, but they certainly made those penalties count. Three of their five penalties were inside the Jags red zone, and effectively killed off two promising scoring drives. We can only imagine how the complexion of the game would have changed with the Bills up 21-3 as opposed to 13-3.

- Maybe our top three receivers aren't so bad. After a miserable performance against the Jets, the trio of Evans, Parrish and Johnson combined for 14 catches, 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.

- Congrats to the Bills D for their first interception of the year! I believe that only puts us only 12 behind the Carolina Panthers for the league lead.

Up next: The bye week. I'm guessing we can't lose.

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