San Diego Chargers 37 Buffalo Bills 10
As the Chargers continue their annual December push for the post season, the stumbling Bills came in their cross-hairs and limped off defeated. The song says: “Seems it never rains in Southern California. Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before. It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours man it pours.” The Bills found that out when they left the freezing cold of Buffalo behind and walked into a rainstorm of touchdowns from Philip Rivers and company losing 37-10.
The Bills have to be scratching their heads right now wondering why the quarterback they signed only looked like Zach Galafanakis and now Fitzy is even playing like him. Seriously his 13-37 for 176 yards with zero touchdowns and two picks was laughable. Bills fans are left in tears, but viewers are in stitches watching this guy who is supposed to be a starting NFL quarterback. Is this the real Fitzy that Buffalo can expect over the next six years? For Bills fans we certainly hope not. There looks to be some communication problems between receivers and Fitzy exacerbated by poor decision making and accuracy issues.
In short everything praiseworthy from the beginning of the year has turned to negatives. Even the schedule appears daunting now. Next week they have a rematch with the Miami Dolphins, who, despite losing their coach after yesterday’s game against the Eagles have proven a tough test all season and looked dominant in their first meeting with the Bills. The following week the formerly hapless Broncos come to town with the omnipotent Tim Tebow under center and a smothering defense sure to give the Bills formerly stellar offense fits. The season will end week 17 in Foxburough with a match up against the Patriots and if you don’t think Belichick and Brady will have revenge on their minds, you haven’t been paying attention.
The Bills made some new fans this season and got the brand on the map. They still have a lot to improve in the off season, especially in the defense. This
season their wins came when the offense bailed out the defense as they were third in the league in points per game and have now slid into 17th. A good defense starts with a good pass rush and the Bills, outside of one game in Toronto, have allowed quarterbacks to feel comfortable in the pocket. The Bills are dead last when it comes to sacks with only 19 on the year. To put that in perspective, Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings leads the league with 17.5 sacks. When building the team for next season the defensive line would be a good place to start.
It looks as though the bills have forgotten how to fight. Losing Fred Jackson destroyed their offensive identity and took away the best combined player in the NFL. Now they must struggle through the end of the season and find some sort of dignity. Next year they will have to improve to make a serious push for the playoffs.
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