Buffalo Bills 40 Denver Broncos 14
In a battle of improbable NFL starting quarterbacks Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos traveled to Buffalo to take on the struggling Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick and found them to be back in week three form. The defense collected four errant passes from the lefty while Fitzmagic threw zero interceptions. It was a close game for three quarters, but in the fourth where Tebow has shined brightest the Bills separated for the 40-14 victory.
This is the first victory for Buffalo since their home game in Toronto seven weeks ago. Without Fred Jackson the team looked like a shell of themselves and had been eliminated from playoff contention. Their signal caller wrapped up a six year deal and decided to take the rest of the season off completing almost as many passes to the defense as he did to his own receivers. Steve Johnson showed why he has the potential to be a great wide out if he didn’t drop the big passes or get flagged for excessive celebrations. The league had figured this team out and they looked to be dead and buried with the hysteria that is Tebowmania coming to town, but they showed they had at least one more great performance left.
Perhaps it was because Chan Gailey’s experience comes primarily from the college ranks, perhaps it was because the weather was colder than any game Tebow had previously played in or perhaps it was because they were playing at home, but whatever the reason the Bills found the strength of three Bills that day. Even without getting pressure on Tebow the Bills defensive backs were able to pick apart the poor throwing quarterback. Two of the four interceptions were taken back to the house and when combined with a punt return for a touchdown from Leodis McKelvin, were enough to beat the Broncos.
CJ Spiller had a breakout game with 111 yards on only 16 carries including a score. It is important to remember it is only Spiller’s second year in the league and has never gotten the reps as a first team guy. In college at Clemson the running back was an explosive and dynamic player, but hasn’t shown that up to this point in the NFL. As he gains more experience with Jackson’s absence due to injury, Spiller could provide the Buffalo faithful something to Billieve in next season.
Winning the turnover battle was the key to Buffalo’s early success and when they were able to do that against a limited Denver team they found a late season victory. The Bills will have an extremely tough test next week against the AFC’s best New England Patriots. In their week three match up the Bills were able to get the better of Brady and company, but on the road with revenge on their mind, the Pats are a hard team to beat. Belichick is known for many things, including his insatiable lust for revenge, and keeping the pedal to the metal in the last week is right near the top of that list. The Pats have secured a first round bye and with a win over Buffalo can wrap up home field. They may have looked vulnerable last week against Miami, but they will be motivated next week. Good luck to ya Bills fans!
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