Bills Show Improvement Amid Change

The Bills are an improving team in the midst of profound change.  They at least temporarily sit atop the AFC East after Week 3.  Few would have thought that likely at the season opener.  Tyrod Taylor is hitting his targets and re-establishing the running game.  The defense is coming together and special teams are playing well.  All this early in the year with a new head coach and general manager.  THE BILLS ARE A TEAM IN FLUX.  THEY ARE DEFYING THE NAYSAYERS.  LOOKING FOR COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL AND A RUN FOR A WILD CARD BERTH, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills pulled off an upset victory over the Broncos 26 – 16.  Tyrod Taylor had a big day, completing 20 of 26 passes for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His quarterback rating was 82.8.  Denver effectively shut down LeSean McCoy, who rushed for just 21 yards on 14 carries.  The defense played well, forcing turnovers on Trevor Siemian.  Stephen Hauschka booted 4 field goals which cemented the win.  IT WAS A CONVINCING, CONFIDENCE BUILDING PERFORMANCE.  THE BILLS ARE NOW TIED ATOP THE AFC EAST AT 2 – 1 WITH NEW ENGLAND.  LOOKING FOR MOMENTUM GOING INTO NEXT WEEKS ROAD GAME VERSUS ATLANTA, WE ARE ENERGIZED AS 1BUFFALO.

 

The Broncos are 3 point favorites over the Bills in today’s match-up at New Era Field.  The Bills will be without Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn sidelined with injuries.  Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian is on a roll, having put up 42 points against Dallas last week.  The dominant Broncos defense, anchored by Von Miller, will look to shut down LeSean McCoy.  Tyrod Taylor will have has work cut out throwing against the Denver secondary with standouts Aquib Talib and Chris Harris.  THE CHANCE FOR AN UPSET RESTS WITH THE BILLS DEFENSE.  THEY WILL NEED TO CONTAIN SIEMIAN WHO RANKS FIRST AMONG PASSERS THROUGH THE FIRST 2 WEEKS.  HOPEFUL THAT OUR GUYS WILL CONNECT TO PULL OFF AN UPSET, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.

 

Sammy Watkins scored big in his debut for the Rams.  The former Bills running back had a standout game Thursday night versus San Francisco.   He notched 6 receptions for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns.  BILLS FANS ARE STILL REELING FROM THE STUPIDITY OF THE TRADE THAT SENT WATKINS TO LOS ANGELES IN EXCHANGE FOR A DRAFT PICK.  SINCE THEN BUFFALO HAS HAD NO PASSING GAME.  THE LUNACY CALLS INTO QUESTION THE JUDGMENT OF THE NEW McDERMOTT – BEANE REGIME.  SHAKING OUR HEADS AND DISGUSTED BY THEIR BLUNDER, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have re-signed safety Robert Blanton.  The 6 year veteran will play backup.  He appeared in 10 games last year, recording 35 tackles. He is also expected to play on special teams. To make room on the roster, the Bills released Tray Elston.  Coach McDermott is adding experienced depth to the safety corps.  THE DEFENSE HAS BEEN THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT AMID ALL THE DISAPPOINTMENTS AND GAFFES.  THE DEFENSE HAS KEPT THE BILLS IN THEIR GAMES WHILE THE OFFENSE SPUTTERED.  EXPECTING CONTINUED PRODUCTION UNDER COORDINATOR LESLIE FRAZIER, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

 

LeSean McCoy defended Tyrod Taylor as the Bills starting quarterback.  The star running back praised Taylor as a playmaker who kept us  in the Panthers game.  He dismissed calls for Taylor’s benching in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.  Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison also spoke in Taylor’s behalf.  He gave him a resounding vote of confidence.  DESPITE THESE PROTESTATIONS OF SUPPORT, TAYLOR CLEARLY IS UNDERPERFORMING.  IF HE CONTINUES TO STUMBLE THEN PETERMAN IS A VIABLE REPLACEMENT.  THE SOONER MANAGEMENT ACTS THE BETTER.  LOOKING FOR A NEW START AT QUARTERBACK, WE SEEK ROSTER MOVES AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have a crisis on offense.  Since the ill-considered trade of Sammy Watkins, they have no passing game.  The entire offense rests with running back Lesean McCoy.  The Bills can not win without him having a 100 plus yard game.  Opposing defenses can effectively shut him down, as Carolina succeeded in doing in their victory last week.  THE BILLS PREDICAMENT IS LARGELY THE FAULT OF ROOKIE HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT AND GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE.  THE STUPIDITY OF THE WATKINS TRADE FOR A SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK DEFIES IMAGINATION.  OWNER TERRY PEGULA IS ALLOWING THE TEAM TO TANK WHILE HOPING FOR A REBUILD NEXT SEASON.  DISGUSTED WITH THE DYSFUNCTION IN THE FRONT OFFICE, WE FEEL BETRAYED AS 1BUFFALO.

Sean McDermott is staying the course with Tyrod Taylor.  He will remain the Bills starting quarterback.  Despite a subpar performance against the Panthers, in which he completed 17 of 24 passes for 125 yards, McDermott insists that Taylor is the man.  How many more marginal showings he will tolerate is unclear.  TYROD HAS STRUGGLED THROUGH CAMP, PRESEASON, AND START OF REGULAR PLAY.  HIS DETRACTORS INCREASINGLY CALL FOR HIS BENCHING IN FAVOR OF THE PROMISING ROOKIE NATHAN PETERMAN.  CONCERNED BY THE CRISIS AT QUARTERBACK, WE LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills offense faltered as they were defeated by the Panthers 9 – 3.  The offense generated just 176 yards all day.  In the first half they had but one first down, with Tyrod Taylor throwing for 15 yards and LeSean McCoy rushing for zero net yards.  Taylor was sacked 3 times and failed to move the ball.  The defense played well, recording 6 sacks and holding Carolina to 3 field goals.  MANAGEMENT’S STRATEGIC GAFFES WERE EVIDENT WITH THE LACK OF A PASSING GAME SINCE THE BUNGLED SAMMY WATKINS TRADE.  TYROD TAYLOR CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE, AND CALLS FOR HIS REPLACEMENT BY NATHAN PETERMAN ARE BECOMING LOUDER.  DISHEARTENED BY THE DYSFUNCTION ABOUNDING THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Panthers are 7.5 point favorites over the Bills.  Whether Buffalo can pull off an upset depends on shutting down Cam Newton.  He struggled last week against San Francisco, completing just 56 percent of his passes.  The Bills will need to establish the running game.  In the season opener they had 42 carries for 190 yards.  Tyrod Taylor will need to throw the ball more.  The Bills had only 4 receptions last week versus the Jets.  EMOTIONS WILL BE RUNNING HIGH AS SEAN McDERMOTT RETURNS TO CAROLINA.  A LARGE CONTINGENT OF BILLS FANS IS EXPECTED WHICH COULD BE A GAME CHANGER.  LOOKING TO BEAT THE ODDSMAKERS, WE PLACE OUR BETS AS 1BUFFALO.


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