At some point, we all quit. Right?
Yes, E.J. Manuel was incredibly disappointing during a cataclysmic second quarter, and the defense was anything but perfect, but there’s one promising play with an awful ending that seems to sum up the Bills season so far.
LeSean McCoy had a solid day, and a bad fumble while trying to stretch for a touchdown (one that would’ve been pulled back for Robert Woods making a hard block, because big dudes bumping helmets violently at every snap along the line is okay, but other guys hitting each other is too vicious).
And yes, that very fumble was a bit like the Bills season, especially coming against assistant to the regional manager Doug Marrone.
(See photo: right)
McCoy is back in because who cares that it looked like he had a possible concussion.
— Jeff (@jfabin15) October 25, 2015
— Season is far from over. So are these next two weeks.
— It started poorly from the get-go: a Chris Hogan drop. Miserable line play. Chris Gragg running a route and setting up shop out-of-bounds.
But E.J. Manuel took his weapons’ mistakes and raised them next level with a fumble (returned for a touchdown) and a laser vision interception (returned for a touchdown). There was later another interception dropped in the end zone.
— There were some good throws from Manuel today, but really he continues to be the same guy. Accuracy issues. Live arm. Getting back to being the mobile threat we first saw in a Bills uniform. Mostly he’s an average on a good day backup quarterback. Like Matt Cassel with superior physical tools. There. I said it.
— How about that pass interference call on Corey Graham? Football!!
— And really, what the Bills needed was game management. Blake Bortles made most of his awful throws to the turf or sidelines, while Manuel threw a bunch of his to the Jags.
— I think the Bills linebackers are pretty poor. Aside from Preston Brown’s two-interception game, what have you liked about them this year?
As a brief distraction from the British nightmare, would you consider some blue-and-gold gear from another “football” club in Buffalo? It’s stylish.
— Stephon Gilmore is having a great season, and is a wonderful cover corner. He defied a lot of those facts during the first half. Maybe it was Britain.
— Let’s get this out of the way: the four-play goal line stand was a brilliant piece of business for the Bills defense, regardless of being aided by the Jaguars’ stubborn insistence on getting Toby Gerhart a touchdown.
But with the Bills having pulled to within 14 points, against all odds, by halftime, I can’t give credit to the defense for allowing the Jaguars to reel off a soul-sucking 9-plus minute drive. That time off the clock might as well have been another 3-6 points.
— The main reason I’m disappointed with the 3-4 Bills? I was looking forward to Buffalo being good so I could see if my recent disdain for the NFL was just related to our moribund hometown team (Still leaning no).
— Let’s also not forget who was missing from this NFL game: Sammy Watkins, Tyrod Taylor, Percy Harvin. That’s big.
The big question: Something about Matt Cassel.
The bigger question: How hard should we be throwing things at “The big question”?
- LeSean McCoy? Before the fumble?
- Robert Woods? Before the block before the fumble?
- Denarius Moore? Before the last fair catch? Help?
Three things that troubled me…
- E.J. Manuel’s second quarter
- The linebackers
- Bobby Madley (Oh that’s the other football.
Were properly inflated?
The bye week, where I’ll consider whether to quit all American football-related activities for the rest of my life. Let’s spend some time with our families. Maybe read some books. Go Sabres?