Just finished my second viewing (admittedly fast-forwarding) of Bills/Cowboys. Some things I want to add or amend to “Immediate Reactions”:
– It’d be fair to give either Fred Jackson or David Nelson the game ball in addition to Donald Jones. All three had poor plays — Nelson the lesser of the three with a goal line ball to the chest he missed — but they were closest to solid. Scott Chandler was also alright.
– In fact, the offensive skill positions were not consistently miserable considering they had to go heavy pass down 28-7. Fitz was to blame on misfire with Jones for one INT, but Jones tipped another into the hands of a waiting Cowboy. CJ Spiller’s drop on a great throw under fire by Fitz was embarrassing. Wide receiver or not: catch it.
– Eric Wood’s injury is troubling if serious. Somebody got Geoff Hangartner’s number? Oh, wait, he’s starting at guard for the Panthers.
– The Bills secondary is miserable and exposed in the absence of Merriman and Kyle Williams. Terrence McGee struggled mightily, not in decisions but speed. Has he lost that final step? Chase Minnifield, anyone? Dre Kirkpatrick? Morris Claiborne?
Maybe Aaron Williams will be enough, but the drafting of both he and Searcy, plus the signing of Florence, shows how poorly Nix and Gailey regard this group.
– Kelvin Sheppard needs an offseason of NFL strength-training, because he made some good reads from the MLB spot.
– Tony Romo made some great throws, but his guys were wide open (see two points above). McKelvin has to be done as an No. 1 or 2 corner, or done in Buffalo period, even with a year remaining on his rookie deal.
– Only Roscoe Parrish, Rian Lindell and Bryan Scott are UFAs after this season.
– Stevie Johnson really needs to up the ante if he wants to be paid big time this summer as an RFA.