Worst Bills defeat in recent memory

From: Razz (RAZZMAN)10 Nov 2021 09:13
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 1 of 298
To say the Bills loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jags was an embarrassment is a huge understatement. It was downright horrendous and almost criminal. To not score a touchdown against probably one of the worst defenses in the NFL should result in heads to roll at One Bills Drive. Probably the most blame should go to the Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll. For two straight games, the Bills offense has struggled. Daboll has not made the adjustments necessary to get the offense back on track.

Even this avid Bills fan out in Los Angeles, a screen writer, wrote this in to the Buffalo News complaining how pathetic the Bills effort was on Sunday...

https://buffalonews.com/sports/bills/voice-of-the-fan-bills-need-to-get-back-to-what-they-do-best-and/article_bb74a318-41f3-11ec-8e97-eb46832008f5.html

Voice of the Fan: Bills need to get back to what they do best and put pesky teams away

By Pete Rosen
Nov 10, 2021


The Buffalo Bills beat the Buffalo Bills, 9-6, Sunday in Jacksonville in one of the worst upsets in recent, and maybe, franchise history. The team thoroughly defeated itself in a glut of fundamentals; thoroughly shocking and infuriating its volatile, vociferous fan base.

Holding penalties and unnecessary roughness calls put a holding pattern and unnecessarily rough week on us all.

Bills fans are embarrassed and angry at the team’s output and game’s outcome, and hope that the players and coaches are just as outraged as we are. We are frantically looking for something to blame as hard as Josh Allen was for someone to throw to.

Allen had little time and we, as fans, wasted little in the blame game.

Expectations were through the roof and Vegas oddsmakers foresaw a 15-point blowout win. Expectations throughout the increasingly aggravating game were (seemingly) “OK, this is awful, awkward, and borderline criminal, but the team and star QB Josh Allen will still pull this out.”

And then it got progressively worse — as did Allen — and the sure win became sheer agony. Then panic.

The Bills were about to lose to the Jaguars with a much-heralded but much-harassed rookie quarterback, much maligned rookie head coach not long for this league, and a 1-6 record without their best runner.

The offensive line was, and is, appalling. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Allen had their worst game in more than two years. Daboll is particularly frustrating in the red zone, often calling runs and short screens versus throws to the end zone to its best players. It is just not working and he is just not adjusting.

Sean McDermott, so prideful of preparedness and fundamentals, presided over an ill-prepared, overconfident team with a penchant for gut-wrenching penalties. The Bills as a team didn’t even take the time to mail it in, they texted it from the sideline.

Even the Jaguars players noticed and said so after the game.

The referees were horrible, but they did not beat us; WE beat us. Jacksonville’s Josh Allen outplayed Buffalo’s Josh Allen and pun-dits all over the country and social media got giddy. Buffalo Josh was reckless most of the game, and the Jaguars did not blanket Bills wideouts all afternoon, they wet-suited them.

Allen suffered three shaky turnovers that proved fatal. The first, a pick on third-and-3 deep in Jags' territory was just a poor, poor, pitiful read and decision, and forced, errant pass. Something he rarely does.

The second, on third-and-12, was an intolerably bad choice to throw while being dismembered by three defenders. Allen forgot everything he has ever been taught, and threw it up for grabs, which, unfortunately for the Bills, was grabbed by the other Josh Allen.

The third, a fumble, also on third-and-short inside Jax territory, was just as slipshod. Predictably, the turnovers were just as costly as the penalties, as the Bills committed four games worth in four quarters.

On offense, the running backs didn’t even get running starts before being smacked upside the helmet. The Bills averaged 2.4 yards a lug, and RBs totaled 22 yards. The Bills ran for 72 total yards on 14 carries and yet had 12 penalties for 118. Yes, 46 more yards in yellow hankies on the ground than rushing yards on it.

Not to be outdone in futility, the Bills’ passing game had only two plays of 20-plus yards.  

There were three critical drops, one by Cole Beasley that could have cost the Bills three points, a crucial late flub by Gabe Davis that likely put the Bills in position to tie it if not win, and one by Tre’Davious White on an INT attempt with three minutes to go that also likely would have led to at least a tie and chance at overtime.

The Bills led the league in woulda-coulda-shouldas on Sunday; a full afternoon of missed assignments, reads, tackles, and opportunities.

The defense somehow played shaky, and yet gave up only nine points. Even after this clunker, the Bills D is still the stingiest in the league per game and the offense is fourth in scoring.

The Bills do not need to go back to the drawing board; just the mirror. This week they face the woeful New York Jets, which was supposed to be No. 3 in a triumvirate of blowouts.

No longer to be, the team needs to make a statement in a nonstatement game. Get back to what they do best and put pesky teams away. The season is in a holding pattern and needs to be hotwired.

Pete Rosen is a screenwriter in Los Angeles, lifetime Buffalo fan, and may be found blathering daily at twobillsdrive.com.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)10 Nov 2021 09:39
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 2 of 298
Yikes. That is devastating. Good news is the Bills cannot possibly suck any worse. And they were correct, the Jags have the worst defense in the league.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)10 Nov 2021 09:45
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 3 of 298
I think that Brian Daboll has to really did deep to find a solution to the Bills offensive woes. Josh Allen can do so much and when he's flustered, he tries to do too much. The running backs are a mess and they have to find way to open more holes for them. The offensive line is the main source of the Bills offensive woes, IMO.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)10 Nov 2021 09:47
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 4 of 298
I agree. If the O line stinks, it is hard to establish a solid running and passing game.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)10 Nov 2021 10:28
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 5 of 298
Hopefully when the two injured players return, so will the Bills offense. The running game would still be questionable though
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)10 Nov 2021 10:40
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 6 of 298
Belichick always focused on the O line first. RBs were secondary and commodities in his view.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)10 Nov 2021 14:46
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 7 of 298
You can have an average journeyman QB like Ryan Tannehill who gets great protection and sometimes plays as well as Tom Brady with all the time he gets, especially when he plays the Bills. Next draft, the Bills better address the O line along with getting an edge rusher on D.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)11 Nov 2021 08:15
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 8 of 298
Case in point was during the SB, the Bucs ran roughshod over the Chiefs O line and made Mahomes run for his life. In fact, they measured how many yards Mahomes actually ran during the game. (500)

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/02/08/patrick-mahomes-ran-nearly-500-yards-before-throwing/
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Nov 2021 09:30
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 9 of 298
The Bills need to bring back Cookie from the dead. He'd then be the "Running Dead" Cookie.

In reality, the Bills O line needs to open the running lanes for the RBs and give Josh Allen much more protection. Easier said than done, however.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)11 Nov 2021 10:14
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 10 of 298
You may wanna bring back the O line that protected Jim Kelly.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Nov 2021 10:40
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 11 of 298
That's a good idea. Or even the O line that protected Jack Kemp. LOL
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)11 Nov 2021 11:34
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 12 of 298
Or the lines that protected the immortal Darrel Lamonica and Joe Ferguson. LOL
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Nov 2021 14:10
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 13 of 298
Lamonica was probably the closest the Bills had to Josh Allen in the past. He had a strong arm and was good running the ball. Joe Ferguson was more your pocket passer, much like Drew Bledsoe.
EDITED: 11 Nov 2021 14:11 by RAZZMAN
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)11 Nov 2021 16:33
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 14 of 298
I heard Odell might be headed to the Rams or Packers. 
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Nov 2021 17:21
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 15 of 298
It's now official, Beckham just signed with the Rams. They are gearing up for a Super Bowl run.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)12 Nov 2021 07:44
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 16 of 298
I think Beckham will be the Rams 3rd receiver. If he went to the Packers and a better qb, he would be the 2nd receiver.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)12 Nov 2021 09:20
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 17 of 298
It will be interesting to see if Aaron Rodgers plays this weekend and how he does after his latest Covid bout.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)12 Nov 2021 12:01
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 18 of 298
If I was a wr, I would rather play with Aaron Rodgers than Stafford.....
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)12 Nov 2021 14:55
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 19 of 298
Yea, Aaron Rodgers is the proven commodity. Kind of like Tom Brady.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)13 Nov 2021 08:27
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 20 of 298
Stafford is not bad, but is no Rodgers. Beckham is his own worst enemy. If he messes up, I bet he heads to the Bucs..... LOL