Monday, October 25, 2010

Tough Life: The Story of the 2010 Buffalo Bills

As a crazy week seven Sunday wrapped up yesterday, the Chan Gaily-led Bills remain winless. Buffalo, who fell in overtime to the 5-2 Baltimore Ravens yesterday afternoon, are the last team in the league without a single win.

Carolina captured it's first win against the 1-6 Niners, but despite holding a 24-20 halftime lead over the ball-hawking Ravens, Buffalo gave up the lead in the third quarter and eventually fell to a Billy Cundiff game-winner in OT.

Buffalo's offense had a season-high 506 total yards and played it's best fourth quarter of the season, with 10 points, to tie the game up after Ryan Fitzpatrick led a late scoring drive with :04 remaining. Fitzpatrick's 17-yard touchdown toss to Lee Evans earlier in the quarter put them within three, and Rian Lindell's late 50-yarder sent the game to the fifth period.
Inside the Numbers:

*Buffalo's offense produced 1,255 combined total yards in the first five games of the season, but gained almost half that (506) in yesterday's three points loss.

*As a team, the Bills turned the ball over six times in the previous five games, but almost matched that in yesterday's game, with four turnovers.

*Clearly, Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't have much trouble moving the ball up and down the field, converting 27 first downs, but in his first game of the season, Baltimore's free safety Ed Reed picked Fitzpatrick off twice.

*Buffalo previously had forced just four turnovers before yesterday's matchup, but against Joe Flacco's Ravens, the Bills forced two turnovers, both fumbles.

*Buffalo's head coach, Gailey, is coaching his first NFL team since he spent two seasons (in '98 and '99) with the Dallas Cowboys. The then-47-year old went 18-14 with Dallas. But, now at age 58, Gailey has started his second head coaching stint with an 0-6 record.

*Buffalo's remaining schedule has a combined 33-29 record, including three more interdivsion matchups, which happens to be the final three games of the regular season.

*Buffalo's defense has allowed less than 30 points just one time this season (week one against Miami when they lost 15-10), and has intercepted just one pass from the opposing quarterback.
*Interesting fact: Ryan Fitzpatrick's numbers look pretty solid (63.3 comp %, 969 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs, 102 QB rating in four games. And, since letting go of Trent Edwards, who is now a Jacksonville Jaguar, the Bills' quarterback position seems to be a nonfactor when it comes to holes in the franchise.

*Buffalo's passing offense is tied for fourth with 11 TDs through the air, but has only gotten into the end zone on the ground once (Fred Jackson). Only two other teams have ran for just one touchdown this season: Miami and Dallas.

*Buffalo has allowed the second-most rushing yards this season (1,047). Only Denver has allowed more, and they have played one more game than Buffalo this season.

*Other defensive stats: Allowed third-most points (198), 12th-most total yards, tied for second-most passing TDs (14), least amount of INTs (1), third-most rushing TDs (8) and tied for second-least turnovers.

What have we learned? The offense has done all they can to win games, but the defense decides to give up 30 points per game, making it tough to win games. If you want to point fingers in Buffalo, please point it towards the defensive side of the ball. Thank you all.

Photo Credits
C.J. Spiller: AP Photo/Gail Burton
Paul Posluszny: AP Photo/Mike Groll

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