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Terrible Oline and QB Play Negate Great Game by Defense

The fact that Rex Ryan actually said that Buffalo “won the offseason” is both hilarious and terribly depressing. Bills fans should know that the only time hope exists is during the offseason and that the second the regular season starts, it all goes downhill.  The defense played admirably but in a league where high powered offenses rule the day (yes there are a couple of exceptions), the Bills once again seem to be lost in the dark ages. Unless you have a defense like Denver last year (and Buffalo certainly does not), you better make sure that you are throwing for 300 yards more games than not. I dare you to look up how many 300 yard games have taken place over the last 10 years with this team. Even the few that have existed are due to the Bills being so far behind that other teams were playing prevent on them.

Can someone, ANYONE tell me why Buffalo traded up to draft Sammy Watkins and unloaded all that money for Charles Clay? I am so confused as to how these guys are not  an integral part of the game plan from start to finish. I felt like I was watching the Sabres of two years ago and thinking, if the opponent scores once, this game is over. With about two minutes to go, I switched over to the Redzone channel (they show all the plays from all teams during a scoring drive) and could not believe I was watching the same sport. Every team was marching up and down the field and airing it out, knowing that big chunks of yardage is clearly the easiest way to the endzone. If the Bills think that Ravens team defense was tough, wait until Thursday night when the Jets come to town. 

A lot of the same issues from last year were on full display in week one and that is what concerns me the most. I may sound a little harsh after one loss on the road but the way I see it, show me a reason to think any differently. New England is going to be New England, the Jets played Cinci to the end and Miami came up just short in Seattle. Maybe the Ravens turn out to be a contender in the AFC and we look back on this game in a much better light down the road. Maybe Roman will wake up and let his playmakers do just that. It was great to see the defense show up the way they did without Dareus but none of it will matter unless this Oline gets its act together and Tyrod does what he does best, use his feet and hit the long-ball. I can understand why a lot of people are ready to write this season off but I think I’ll wait to see what changes are made in week two. Last year, most thought it was the defense that would get Buffalo to the playoffs but it was the offense that kept them alive. This year, the defense looks like it could be a force, but if Tyrod is showing his true colors right now, none of it will matter.

Written by John Nussbaumer

John Nussbaumer

John (Josh) grew up in Buffalo where he stayed until moving to Chicago for 13 years right after college. It is there that he worked for some of the top sports marketing companies in the country.

6 years ago, he formed Bison Entertainment Group which provides client entertaining and incentives to companies all over the world. Whether it is tickets/suites, private housing at the Masters, Super Bowl, athlete/celebrity appearances, putting together national sales meetings or incentive trips, his company covers it all!

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