Buffalo Bills Winners and Losers: Bills/Seahawks Edition
What a disastrous "home" game. Take note of the word I placed in parentheses, because Sunday was anything but a home game.
There seemed to be just as many Seahawks fans as Bills fans, and the atmosphere at the Rogers Centre was atrocious. Fans seemed more excited for a Psy "Gangnam Style" halftime show than the game itself.
I understand the revenue that the Toronto series makes for Buffalo, but to me, it's apparent that Toronto has no business getting its own franchise.
Now that I've vented my frustrations over the venue, let me continue to vent with Sunday's winners and losers!
Winner: C.J. Spiller
There wasn't much to be positive about in this game, but as usual, C.J. Spiller played well when given the opportunity.
On 17 carries, Spiller ran the ball for 103 yards and a touchdown.
For the season, Spiller is now over 1,000 yards rushing. It only took Spiller 154 carries to reach this achievement, the second-lowest total in NFL history. Beattie Feathers holds the record for fewest carries to reach the century mark with 119.
Spiller's impressive day and year make me wonder what could have been.
Imagine if Spiller received 20 carries a game and was the focus of the Bills offense. Maybe next year.
Loser: Ryan Fitzpatrick
I've been told that I'm too negative about Ryan Fitzpatrick, and I'll admit that Sunday was not all his fault.
That said, Fitzpatrick's issues haven't improved since the first game of the year. He still throws screen passes into the turf, throws passes behind his wide receivers and makes awful decisions.
His two interceptions against the Seahawks resulted from two awful decisions, especially the pass that Earl Thomas intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick was facing pressure and he just threw the ball up for grabs.
Lastly, after converting a close first down, Fitzpatrick came out and ran a quarterback sneak on first down. The play call may have come from Gailey, but knowing that the previous play moved the chains, Fitzpatrick should have called an audible.
Buffalo only has two games left on the season, perhaps Fitzpatrick's last two games as a Buffalo Bill.
Winner: Stevie Johnson
No one can question Stevie Johnson's effort.
On the game, Stevie Johnson caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson caught a touchdown pass with just over a minute left in the first half and proceeded to take his frustrations out on the football, spiking it as though it was Chan Gailey's playbook.
Johnson also made the play of the game, converting a 3rd-and-20 with a one-hand catch on a pass that was high and behind him.
Following the game, Johnson has 891 yards receiving with two games to play. He'll have a chance to be the first Buffalo Bill with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Just imagine if Johnson had a franchise quarterback.
Loser: T.J. Graham
For as good as Stevie Johnson was, T.J. Graham was just as bad.
Graham is a rookie, and there will be growing pains involved. That said, his play was abysmal against the Seahawks.
While he finished the game with three catches for 32 yards, he also finished the game with four drops. Even as a rookie, this is inexcusable.
Not to rub salt in the wound, but the Bills moved up in the third round to draft Graham when QB Russell Wilson sat on the board. Perhaps Graham turns out to be a good pick for the Bills, but right now it seems like another reach for Buffalo.
Loser: The Buffalo Bills Starting Defense
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
For the last four weeks, I praised Buffalo's defense. I mentioned that the defense only gave up 44 points in four weeks. I was aware that the Dolphins, Colts, Jaguars and Rams weren't offensive juggernauts, but the defense was clicking.
The team defense was getting to the quarterback, stopping the run and creating turnovers. I was sure they had turned the corner and Dave Wannstedt was proving me wrong.
Sunday, Buffalo's defense was on the hook for five touchdowns and three field goals to the Seahawks. I stated that the Seahawks were the best team remaining on the Bills' schedule, but I never expected the team to score as easily as they did against Buffalo.
I won't be fooled anymore. Wannstedt needs to follow Chan Gailey out the door at the end of the 2012 season.