Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
While Ryan Fitzpatrick certainly hasn’t been spectacular, there’s no doubt he’s improved each week during the first three games of the year.
Against the Jets, he made poor decisions and a few costly bad throws. His matchup against the Chiefs was better, but he still wasn’t at his best. Then, in Week 3 versus the Browns, Fitz kept a lot of drives going with sharp passes and overcame the loss of C.J. Spiller early in the game.
Now, he faces his biggest test of the year against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Fitz is never going to be an elite passer, but he has the smarts to be very effective in Chan Gailey’s offense. Surely the injuries to David Nelson, Fred Jackson and now C.J. Spiller have hurt, but there are no excuses in the NFL. He’ll have to make do.
The “Amish Rifle” will have to be at his best against the defending AFC East champs this weekend. Fortunately, it sounds like Fred Jackson has a shot to play, which would be a big boost to the offense as a whole.
Regardless, Fitz needs to continue making smart decisions and taking his shots when they present themselves. If he can guide the Bills to a win this week, Buffalo would stand at 3-1 with the Pats 1-3. And that would mark his stock with a very large arrow pointing sky high.