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Bills About as Effective as Dirty Hippies in their Attempt to Bring Down NY
By Chris Fenton
Updated: October 16, 2011
What a bummer. Let’s get right into it.
- Both of Fitzpatrick’s interceptions came on under throwing Steve Johnson on the left sideline. Badly under throwing. It seems that the major cause each time was the injury Fitz sustained to his throwing hand ring finger (which thankfully is the unringed ring finger). Well have more on the extent of the injury as the details are released, but if it lingers it could have very bad ramifications for the Bills offense.
- Leodis McKelvin has been the whipping boy for the Bills secondary for most of the year, but today the usually solid Drayton Florence had himself a game that was just as bad as any of McKelvin’s worst performances. He missed multiple tackles in run support, was on more than one occasion way out of position, and had 3 pass interference calls that wound up being pivotal in Giants scoring drives.
- That being said, that last PI call was a bad call. The contact was incidental, and Phil Simms justified the call by saying “he never turned toward the ball” or something to that effect. That’s great Pheel, but apparently neither you nor the head referee were aware that the NFL made face guarding legal several seasons ago. I’d still bet the Bills would have lost had the refs made the correct ruling, but it always sucks getting calls that are blatantly incorrect inside the last two minutes of the game.
- We finally had a terrible performance from one of our offensive linemen. Erik Pears finally looked like the mediocre journeyman right tackle we all thought he’d be. It was against the leagues pass rush though, so I’m not overly concerned. Yet.
- What I am extremely concerned about is the health of both of our left tackles. After Hairston got his leg crushed by Jason Pierre Paul, Levitre slid over to LT and Chad Rhinehart stepped in at LG. Levitre had played excellent up until that point, but he simply isn’t big or athletic enough to be considered a viable option at LT. We haven’t heard any details as to the extent of Hairston’s injury, but hopefully him or Bell (shoulder) will be ready to go two weeks from now after the bye week when the Bills defend the
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- Almost as important will be having either Merriman or Kelsay (or both) back. Our pass rush was non existent, and Eli generally had as much time as he needed to make throws. When we brought 5+ blitzes, Manning seemed to get excited as he knew that we weren’t going to be able to get to him or even rush his throws. Spencer Johnson’s generally been a decent player, but come on. You can’t rely on him to be your right edge rusher on passing plays.
That’s all I have for now. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time.