The Bills upset the Jets 41 – 10, ending a 4 game losing streak. Matt Barkley turned in a convincing performance as quarterback. On the day he was 15 of 25 for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He earned what should be the starting job when the team returns from the bye week to meet Jacksonville. LeSean McCoy had his best game of the season, rushing for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense played well, effectively shutting down Josh McCown for most of the afternoon. THE BILLS AT LONG LAST SHOWED LIFE ON OFFENSE. BARKLEY IS THE MAN OF THE HOUR. HE WAS POISED, CONFIDENT, AND A COMMANDING PRESENCE. TRUSTING THAT THE BILLS HAVE FOUND THEIR STARTING QB, WE ARE RELIEVED AND ENCOURAGED AS 1BUFFALO.
The Jets are 7 point favorites when they meet the Bills today at the Meadowlands. The AFC East divisional game pits 2 struggling teams. The 2 – 7 Bills will start Matt Barkley at quarterback, their fourth starter in the last 5 games. The 3 – 6 Jets will start veteran Josh McCown over rookie QB Sam Darnold, sidelined with an injury. BARKLEY HAS HAD LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO LEARN THE BILLS PLAY BOOK. HE GOT THE NOD OVER INTERCEPTION PRONE NATHAN PETERMAN WHOSE DAYS ARE CLEARLY NUMBERED. THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A FORGETTABLE CONTEST THAT WILL BE HARD TO WATCH. RESIGNED TO THE GRIM REALITY OF THE BILLS AT MIDSEASON, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.
As of Friday the Bills had not determined which quarterback will start against the Jets. Coach McDermott ruled out Derek Anderson who is still in the concussion protocol. Josh Allen, coming off an elbow injury, saw limited practice this week. That leaves Nathan Peterman and the recently signed Matt Barkley as the only healthy quarterbacks. GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE ADMITTED THAT THE TRADE OF 3 YEAR STARTER TYROD TAYLOR WAS LARGELY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS. WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT HE SAID THE TRADE OF AJ McCARRON, WHO SPENT THE PRESEASON WITH THE BILLS, WAS A MISTAKE. THE ENTIRE YEAR HAS BEEN ONE COLOSSAL FAILURE BECAUSE OF THESE BLUNDERS. THE PROSPECT OF STARTING INTERCEPTION PRONE PETERMAN OR BARKLEY HIRED 10 DAYS AGO IS DEVASTATING TO THE TEAMS PROSPECTS. OUTRAGED BY THE MISCUES OF THE FRONT OFFICE, THE FAITHFUL ARE JUSTIFIABLY DISGUSTED AS 1BUFFALO.
LeSean McCoys silence is deafening. He has not spoken to the media since the Monday night loss to New England. The normally talkative Pro Bowler is smarting over his disappointing season. Through 9 games he has rushed for just 267 yards and no touchdowns. McCOYS DRAMATIC DECLINE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE POROUS OFFENSIVE LINE. THE LOSS OF RICHIE INCOGNITO AND ERIC WOOD HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL. HIS PERSONAL LEGAL PROBLEMS AND FRUSTRATION OVER TRADE RUMORS TO THE EAGLES HAVE COMPOUNDED THE PROBLEM. LOOKING FOR SHADY TO TURN HIS CAREER AROUND AND REACH THE ELUSIVE 12,000 YARD MARK, WE HOPE FOR THE BEST AS 1BUFFALO.
National commentators rank the Bills near the bottom of the league. In the aftermath of the blowout loss to Chicago, ratings now range from 30th to 31st overall. There is unanimous agreement that the problem is Nathan Peterman, thrust into the starting role by injuries to Josh Allen and Derek Anderson. THAT THE BILLS COULD HAVE BACK PEDDLED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENDER LAST YEAR TO THE CELLAR OF THE NFL IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO STRATEGIC BLUNDERS AT QUARTERBACK. COACH McDERMOTT AND GENERAL MANAGER BEANE, WHOSE DAYS MAY BE NUMBERED, STUMBLED BADLY IN TRADING TYROD TAYLOR AND AJ McCARRON. THEY PINNED THEIR HOPES ON ALLEN, AN UNTESTED ROOKIE, AND THE INTERCEPTION PRONE PETERMAN. THE 2 – 7 RECORD IS THE DIRECT RESULT. LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON WITH AT LEAST SOME COMPETITIVE PLAY, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have promoted cornerback Levi Wallace from the practice squad. He will add depth to the secondary which has been in flux all year. To make room on the roster the team released cornerback Phillip Gaines. THE PERSONNEL JOCKEYING CONTINUES AS THE COACHES TWEAK THE LINEUP. WITH THE SEASON MORE THAN HALF OVER THEY ARE ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR. EXPECTING MORE ROSTER MOVES HEADING INTO THE HOME STRETCH, WE AWAIT WORD AS 1BUFFALO.
Josh Allens status has been upgraded as day-to-day. He had been listed as week-to-week since sustaining an elbow injury in the Houston game. He had led the team to a 2 – 3 record before being sidelined. Allen threw some balls over the weekend and may suit up for Sundays contest versus the Jets. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE ROOKIE GET IN MORE EXPERIENCE OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON. COACH McDERMOTT RULED OUT STARTING NATHAN PETERMAN PROVIDED DEREK ANDERSON CLEARS THE CONCUSSION PROTOCAL. LOOKING FOR ALLENS RETURN TO ACTION AMID THE DEVASTATION HIS ABSENCE HAS CREATED, WE WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills suffered a devastating 41 – 9 loss to the Bears at home. It was their fourth consecutive defeat. Their record now stands at 2 – 7, effectively eliminating them from playoff contention. Nathan Peterman turned in another horrendous performance, throwing 4 interceptions. LeSean McCoy again faltered, rushing for only 10 yards on 10 carries. THE BILLS ARE IN TOTAL DISARRAY. THE DEFENSE LET DOWN, ALLOWING 41 POINTS BY CHICAGO. WE ARE OFF TO THE WORST START SINCE 2010 WHEN THE TEAM WENT 1 – 8. THE FAITHFUL LEFT IN DROVES AT HALFTIME. THE QUARTERBACK DEBACLE WILL LIKELY CONTINUE WITH NO WORD ON THE RETURN OF JOSH ALLEN. SEAN McDERMOTT AND BRANDON BEANES JOBS ARE ON THE LINE. APPALLED BY THE COMPLETE COLLAPSE IN THIS STUNNING REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, WE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills faced the leagues most difficult schedule through Week 8. That is according to ESPN. The opposing teams reached mid-season with an overall record of 33-26-2. In spite of the formidable matchups, the Bills finished 2 – 6. The schedule becomes much easier in the second half. The last 6 opponents have a combined record of 30 – 32. TODAYS CONTEST VERSUS THE BEARS BEGINS THE HOME STRETCH. DESPITE ADVERSITY AT QUARTERBACK, THERE IS REASON FOR RENEWED HOPE. 4 OF THE 6 OPPOSING TEAMS HAVE RECORDS BELOW .500. WITH THE DEFENSE PLAYING WELL, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REDEMPTION. LOOKING FOR A BETTER SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AT HOME AS 1BUFFALO.
General manager Brandon Beane has indicated the Bills are definitely keeping LeSean McCoy in 2019. The Pro Bowl running back had been the subject of trade rumors with the Eagles. The deadline passed on Tuesday without dealing any players. McCOY IS OFF TO THE WORST START OF HIS CAREER. THROUGH 8 GAMES HE HAS JUST 257 YARDS AND NO TOUCHDOWNS. OPPOSING DEFENSES HAVE EFFECTIVELY SHUT HIM DOWN. HE WILL COST THE TEAM 9 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALARY CAP IN THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS CONTRACT. DESPITE PERSONAL CONTROVERSIES, HE REMAINS A PREMIER COMPETITOR. RELIEVED THAT SHADY WILL REMAIN IN THE FOLD, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.