There is no question that last Thursdays game against the Jets was a disappointment. After two impressive wins on home turf against Tampa Bay and Oakland, the Bills were 5-2 and off to their best home start since 1995. On a short week with only three days to prepare, the Bills headed to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets in hopes to extend their winning streak to three games and tie the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East at 6-2. During the game the Bills performed a complete 180 in what we’ve been seeing so far this season. They looked like there old selves when they were coached by, dare I say Rex Ryan. Penalties, missed tackles, poor offensive line play, and just a major lack of effort were among the top reasons why the Bills didn’t come out on top.
With that said Week 9 is in the books and it isn’t time to panic, the Bills are still in a playoff spot and have had 10 days to prepare for when the New Orleans Saints come to town. It will be interesting to see how the Bills respond this week against the Saints, they certainly have their work cut out for them. I am confident that Sean McDermott will have this team playing with much more effort and discipline than what we saw last week. During his weekly meetings with the media, McDermott said that he began to review the film of the Jets game on the flight home and will use the game as a learning experience. It’s clear that McDermott was not only anxious to get back to work but also concerned about how the team played and what went wrong. As a Bills fan this is very encouraging, this shows you how much coach McDermott is dedicated to this football team. This is a trait that not all coaches have, and one that separates a good coach from a great coach.
The Bills will also add some additions to their offense on Sunday. Kelvin Benjamin who was acquired on the trade deadline will make his debut and Charles Clay is expected back in the lineup after missing three games. This will add a big boost to the passing attack along with the run game. New Orleans will now have to account for Kelvin Benjamin’s size and ability to go up and make contested catches, as well as Charles Clay’s ability to get open down the field. Because of this you won’t see a stacked box as much which will give Shady a better opportunity running the ball . Although the Saint’s defense has been playing well over the last few weeks, the Bills have a good opportunity to get the offense back on track.
We may have lost a tough one last week, but keep your head up Bills fans, it’s not time to panic.