Ryan Fitzpatrick dismisses the demons that haunted him after last years epic collapse in the second half of week 17.
Well the worst case scenario came true for Buffalo Bills fans. The Bills are now 0-2 after a 37-31 loss to the hands of the New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets offense had a field day, collecting 493 yards of total offense. The great due of cornerbacks we have heard all year got torched by Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall who both had over 100 yards receiving.
Lets look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from Thursday night.
- Can we give some credit to the offensive line? They did not allow a sack to this Jets front four. While the holes were not there for the rushing game, they did give Taylor time to scan the field.
- Dan Carpenter and Colton Schmidt did their jobs. Carpenter was 4 for 4 on extra point attempts, and Schmidt pinned one punt down inside the 20 yard line and his two other punts were fair caught.
- Inside line backers Preston Brown and Zach Brown combined for 30 tackles. Preston forced the fumble that resulted in a touchdown for the Bills defense, and Zach was credited for a quarterback hurry. They contained the Jets to just 3.4 yards per rush.
- Tyrod Taylor did not play awful but he did not play great. While he did have some big plays to Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas, Taylor continues to miss on the short passes. Taylor only managed to find Sammy Watkins two times on five attempts. While Taylor was better then he was in week one, this performance will not sit well with Bills fans. Is this really supposed to be our franchise quarterback?
- The Jets were 8 of 13 (62%) on third downs. It also doesn’t help when you commit penalties on third and long and give the opposition a fresh start of downs.
- After the defense did their part in week one keeping the offense in the game, they sure did not have the same impact Thursday night. This Rex Ryan led defense allowed 493 yards on 71 plays. They allowed two wide receivers to have over 100 yards, and a running back to rush for over 100 and score three times. Fitzpatrick was 1-8 heading into this game against Rex Ryan as a defensive coach/head coach.
- Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby are supposed to be the best duo in the league. After last nights performance, these two definitely fell down a couple of levels on the bar. Gilmore had a rough go right from the start, getting beat deep, then called for a holding penalty, and then whiffed on a tackle that ended up in a first down. If you want to earn the big bucks, you need to play like it. For Darby, he was targeted almost every time in the second half by Fitzpatrick. While he did compete, he gave up way too many big plays. The Bills need better play from their two corner backs, especially if you are going to leave them on an island by themselves.
- Should it really be that hard to gain one yard? Is it necessary to bring in EJ Manuel? Run the wildcat with LeSean McCoy and give him an extra blocker. They did bring back Jerome Felton as their fullback didn’t they? Could Karlos Williams have gained that yardage? For being claimed as a guru by some, Greg Roman sure does overthink the simple things in life.
So what happens next? The Bills next two opponents are the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. Very few 0-2 teams make the playoffs. Only one team, the 1992 San Diego Chargers, have made the playoffs after starting 0-4. Hopefully you are catching my drift. With ten days off, the media will need to create a story. What is Rex’s job security? What about Whaley? What is the status of Sammy Watkins foot? Will this offense figure it out? These next two weeks should be interesting.