Hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving, well, a great November. It’s been an incredibly busy time with loads of paying work and family obligations that has stopped me from doing the “free” stuff like writing here more often, or writing rhymes about football players. Going to try to be in the mix for Bills home games, but just can’t promise that any more.
As for today…
There was just too much lunacy in Sunday’s game against Kansas City for me to stay silent. Let’s count the ways in which Buffalo put this game in the balance by doing silly things.
- Who in the world is in charge of video replay decisions? First, Rex Ryan does not challenge the long completion to Jeremy Maclin that set the Chiefs up for their first touchdown. It was clear before the TV commentators started questioning whether the ball hit the ground that it, indeed, has touched the ground before Maclin had control. Embarrassing.
- And only slightly more egg on the face than when Ryan did challenge a pass play. Robert Woods wasn’t close to saving a completion from hitting the ground in the third quarter, but Ryan opted to toss the flag. It, of course, stood.
- Boobie Dixon should never, ever, ever run the ball wide, unless you are playing against 11 defensive tackles.
- Jerry Hughes jumps into Alex Smith, an NFL quarterback, a relative 10 years after he threw the ball in the red zone.
- Back to the challenges: Not challenging the Chris Hogan “non-catch” is ridiculous.
Onto to a quartet of plain old mistakes:
— There is a book on beating this Bills pass rush and, especially now that Buffalo has the added problem of being down several defensive linemen, teams are going to be able to run on them. They do not have a game-changer at middle linebacker to consistently sniff out plays, and that’s a major area of concern.
— Remember in the preseason and first few weeks, when folks were publicly worried about Greg Roman being the hot coaching candidate and only lasting a year in Buffalo? Safe to say that, if that was true, he’s slid back to the pack. Tyrod Taylor obviously couldn’t find receivers, so perhaps we should reserve that statement to a repeat viewing, but I’ll leave that to you. Not really feeling a reheated helping of that old trash casserole.
In the end, the National Football League’s substandard product was met by a group of Bills coaches who upped the ante on awful. And the Bills are in deep, deep, pretty deserved trouble. If not for the injuries early in the year, you could wipe the “pretty” off that sentence. Plus, Buffalo’s schedule is fairly weak the rest of the way.