Some things we learned about the Buffalo Bills… as well as the rest of the league from this past weekend:
♦ Before Sunday, Bills fans deliberated the 2010 schedule and tabbed Jacksonville and Kansas City as two softies on the agenda. Well, not so fast. The Jaguars defeated Denver Sunday and the Chiefs completely dismantled the San Diego Chargers for a half Monday night before holding on to win. Sure, the Cleveland Browns are awful– they have been for years yet still defeated us in three consecutive meetings. So tell me, where are the wins going to come from? Yes, it’s only one game, but the Miami home opener was one the Bills really needed to have. Like it or not, they’re staring winless at the quarter point directly in the face.
♦ Trent Edwards is already unpopular again with the Bills fan community. Although it could also be construed as disturbing, I give the nod to WNY Watercooler, a local sports blog for having the quote of the week. Regarding Edwards they wrote ” The worst things to happen to the city of Buffalo are Trent Edwards, the assassination of William McKinley and deindustrialization.”
♦ Dear Buffalo Bills player who may enjoy communicating via twitter; when it comes Baltimore week- DO NOT TALK SMACK TO RAY LEWIS.
♦ Dear Bills fan; please stop blaming Ralph Wilson for Edwards still being the quarterback. It wasn’t about money. Wilson was willing to open the wallet and extend Donovan McNabb via an offseason trade. McNabb wasn’t interested in coming here.
If you’re going to blame someone after just one week, throw it at Buddy Nix for not finding a more suitable candidate than Levi Brown.
♦ Buffalo may eventually churn out a fantastic 2010 rookie class, but you won’t see much return in year one. C.J. Spiller is starting, but will share the load with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Second rounder Torrell Troup sees minimal time in the defensive line rotation- at least for now. Third rounder Alex Carrington was deactivated Sunday as was fifth rounder Ed Wang. Marcus Easley (fourth round) and Danny Batten (sixth) have already landed on injured reserve and seventh rounder Kyle Calloway was cut.
♦ Speaking of Spiller, he believes in accountability. I respect the way he stood in the locker room after the loss and took more responsibility for his dismal stats than he needed to.
Put it this way; he accepted far more than a certain side-burn growing quarterback did.
♦ Even if the Bills lose, it would be easier to digest if they at least give Gus Johnson legit reasons to get excitable when he calls the game. I think at one point he resorted to going gaga over an eight-yard pass to Lee Evans.
♦ There is a zero percent chance Cornell Green starts all 16 games at right tackle this season. That doesn’t automatically mean Jamon Meredith should be penciled in either. According to Nix in a comment made Monday, newly signed guard Kraig Urbik could be a possibility. Right now I don’t care if they bring back Langston Walker, Kirk Chambers or lure Jerry Ostroski from retirement– Green has looked terrible in every practice, preseason snap or live game action I’ve seen him in.
♦ Think Demetrius Bell and Green are having nightmares about Packers linebacker Clay Matthews this week? I know Kevin Kolb is.
♦ Chan Gailey better get recommitted to the running game quickly. Throwing the ball 66% of the time in the first half of a close game is inexcusable when Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are the strength of your offense.
♦ Was tight end David Martin even on the field Sunday?
♦ According to Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings, Chris Kelsay and Paul Posluszny played every snap in the first half. Of course, Posluszny is already out two to three weeks with a knee injury suffered on the first play of the third quarter.
♦ Donte Whitner should stop telling the Twitter world how ready the team is on an unit-by-unit basis the day before a game. Stop talking with your fingers and make impact plays during the game.
♦ Which leads to Bryan Scott. Color me crazy, but I think he should start alongside Jairus Byrd. The guy tends to make things happen.
♦ He didn’t play a great game, but it’s good to see Eric Wood’s knee hold up over a 60 minute game.
♦ Lastly, we learned that the Bills definitely have some potential bright spots in what is likely to be a very long season. Leodis McKelvin and Chris Ellis looked rock solid on the defensive side of the ball, while it’s becoming crystal clear it’s merely a matter of time before rookie David Nelson gets a larger role on the other side of the ball.
The rest of the league:
♦ Let’s not hand Tony Romo his first NFL MVP quite yet.
♦ Let’s not call Tom Brady over-the-hill quite yet either.
♦ I’m still not sure I know who Arian Foster is, other than the fact he completely carved up the Indianapolis Colts defense.
♦ Which is a large reason that Peyton Manning is on pace for 915 pass attempts.
♦ The Washington Redskins are not that bad.
♦ The San Francisco 49ers aren’t that good.
♦ Miami may have gotten past Buffalo, but they’re not good enough to drop easy interceptions (twice) for would-be scores and still beat better teams.
♦ Chris Johnson is no one-year fluke.
♦ How long before the Denver fans commence with the “we want Tebow” chants?
♦ A few more good weeks is going to make Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon the prized off-season trade target.
♦ Alex Barron may not be getting the despicable treatment in Dallas that Leodis McKelvin received in Hamburg last year after blowing a game, but I’m willing to bet he’s not the most popular guy in Texas right now.
♦ Line of the Week (Part II): Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk called Mark Sanchez a right-handed Matt Leinart.
♦ Don’t the San Diego Chargers usually save this kind of performance for the playoffs?
♦ Out of town scoreboard for former Western New Yorkers in the NFL: Both Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski caught touchdown passes in their first NFL games. Congratulations.
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