Buffalo Bills Week 4: Giant Failure

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A week after a very definitive win over the Miami Dolphins, the Bills drop a very winnable game against the Giants. For the second time in four games, the Bills consistently beat themselves with untimely and often stupid penalties. The offense looked anemic and more reflective of the Bills of old then the offense we’ve seen the three weeks prior. There were no big plays, and if there were, they were called back on a penalty. I will say there were at least six penalties that I would put in the BS category, but that’s the NFL today. The Bills had two touchdowns called back and missed a field goal. Even though they were without Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy, the offense was more than capable of pulling out a win.

The Bills just never seemed to be in sync. They went three-and-out on their first two possessions. They were able to get a field goal midway through the first to tie the game at three, and then the wheels fell off.  Tyrod threw an ill-advised pass to Charles Clay from deep in their own territory that was intercepted. A few plays later, the Giants added seven points. The second quarter was filled with yellow as the Bills were flagged five times. The Giants had two drives extended from Bills penalties, which led to another seven points. With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Tyrod Taylor was able to escape the pass rush and make a nice 40-yard touchdown run, but it was called back on a Craig Urbik hold. If you watch the replay, the hold was very tacky as the defender was being pushed past Tyrod by Urbik. The defender then turned back into Urbik to head toward Taylor who was running by them, and Urbik got his arm under the defenders left arm and across his chest. Urbik instantly released,the defender fell down, and they threw a flag. In the fourth quarter, when the Bills were down 24-10, they had yet another touchdown called back because Richie Incognito hit a player that was engaged already at the waist and was called for a chop block. If anyone was wondering what the official rule for a chop block is, well, let me tell you.

Courtesy of NFL.com

Article 16: A chop block is a foul by the offense in which one offensive player (designated as A1 for purposes of this rule) blocks a defensive player in the area of the thigh or lower while another offensive player (A2) occupies that same defensive player in one of the circumstances described in subsections (1) through (10) below.

CHOP BLOCK ON PASS (ENGAGEMENT) (1) On a forward pass play, A1 chops a defensive player while the defensive player is physically engaged above the waist by the blocking attempt of A2.
If you watched the game you all saw Richie hit the player at the waist with his forearms. The waist is not the thigh or below but the player was engaged. The penalty not only cost the Bills a touchdown but cost them 15 yards.

Even though the Bills were imploding and penalties were keeping points off the board, they were still in the game. A missed tackle by Preston Brown led to a 51-yard score on short dump off pass to RB Rashad Jennings. The Bills were down too many starters and players were getting too frustrated over the ticky-tack penalties that were being called. If this team is going to be a playoff team, it needs to increase its level of professionalism. They need to let their play speak for them and not run their mouths on the field. I think the Bills have exceeded expectations in some areas so far but have, at the same time,  disappointed in others. The offense is struggling for consistency, and the defense looks less like the elite pass rushing machine we were promised and more like the bumbling defenses of the mid-to-late 2000’s.

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If history repeats itself, it will mean week five should be a good outing for the Bills. In odd numbered weeks the Bills have performed well; it’s just been the even numbered weeks that pose a problem. The Titans could give the Bills quite a challenge. Their offense and defense currently rank in the top ten. Rookie QB Marcus Mariota has performed better than expected, but you would think a complex defense like Buffalo’s should give him some trouble. The Bills are expecting Aaron Williams back after missing the last two weeks with a neck injury. Sammy Watkins and McCoy are questionable and Karlos Williams actually sustained a concussion last week. He is doubtful as he has to go through concussion protocol and be cleared. The Bills also made some moves signing kicker Billy Cundiff and WR Denarius Moore. To make room they released PR/WR Marcus Thigpen and Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay. The Cundiff signing is interesting because Carpenter missed another field goal last week and is 5 of 7 on the season. He also had a few misses in preseason. Cundiff is terrible outside of 30 yards but has a big enough leg to perform kickoff duties. Carpenter is far better from long range, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Bills use these two. Moore brings a little more experience and credibility to the receiving core that’s missing Watkins.  Moore played four seasons with the Raiders catching 142 passes for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns. Thigpen didn’t have anywhere near as much production in the receiving game. Moore can also return kicks.

So, Bills fans, what do you think? Will it be another dominating win after a devastating loss? Is this what we can expect from a team we expected to be playoff contenders? Is 9-7 the record we should expect? As usual leave your comments here, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @wgoinbuffalo. You can always find me @jasonsins. I’m not down and out yet, are you?

By: Jason Sins

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