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9/13/2010 12:00:00 AM
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Buffalo Bills in their 15-10 loss to the Dolphins. Now Chan Gailey's squad heads to Green Bay as 2-TD NFL odds underdogs.
The Buffalo Bills might have just started a 2010 NFL betting season that might feel like it is going to take all eternity to complete.
In the first week of the regular season, the Bills dropped to the Miami Dolphins, 15-10, in one of those games that made you want to take a fork and stick it in your eye, especially if you were in Orchard Park on Sunday afternoon.
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What Went Right
Ok, maybe that's a bit simplistic. In all reality though, it wasn't a stellar game in any of the three facets for Buffalo against one of its division rivals. Perhaps we're being a bit hard on kicker Rian Lindell, who did hit one of his two field goal attempts. The make came from 51 yards out. The miss came from 63. We suppose that we can give him a pass on this one.
We're going to give the big thumbs up to the pass defense for the Bills as well. No, Miami doesn't have the most feared rushing attack in the world or anything like that, but picking up three sacks and keeping Chad Henne to just 21-of-34 passing for 182 yards without a TD has to be worth something.
The proverbial "big play" was avoided every step of the way, as the Fins only had one play that went beyond 20 yards all game long, and it only went for 21 to TE Anthony Fasano on a great catch in traffic over the middle of the field.
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What Went Wrong
Well, what did you expect? If nothing went right, then everything went wrong, no?
The offense was simply atrocious for Buffalo. What head coach Chan Gailey is quickly finding out and the rest of the world already knew is that the Bills just don't have a quarterback. Watching QB Trent Edwards go 18-for-34 for just 139 yards was pitiful. The only good thing to say about that performance is that he didn't turn the ball over.
What happened to this potentially explosive running game? The Dolphins don't have the greatest front seven known to man. Shame on you Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, and CJ Spiller. The three of you only combined for 14 carries and 38 yards on the day.
Wahoo for WR Roscoe Parrish, who caught a 31 yard touchdown pass on the day... in his only notable contribution to the performance.
Buffalo was outgained 296-166 on the day and got killed in time of possession by almost 14 minutes.
The real insult came when the Bills decided to voluntarily take a safety with less than two minutes to play to make the score 15-10, which ended up taking the final NFL spread off of a push and onto a defeat.
Player of the Week
Linebacker Paul Posluszny was all over the place on defense for the Bills. He finished the day with six tackles, two assists, and a sack. Normally those types of numbers don't really warrant "player of the week" status, but when you're the Buffalo Bills, you look for any bright spot you can find.
Next Sunday, the Bills will travel to Lambeau Field to tango with the Green Bay Packers. The Pack opened up last week with a 'W' against the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love, and they'll be eager to start the season at home off on the right foot with what should be a relatively easy 'W" for the hosts.
The bottom line for the Bills: If the offense doesn't improve, not only is this team going to struggle to find wins on the schedule, but it will probably ultimately end up getting Gailey fired after just one woeful season as well.