Buffalo Bills Week One Preview
On the Eve of the Buffalo Bills first game of the 2009 regular season I am pondering why I am not excited. Monday Night Football against one of our most despised rivals and I am not ready for prime time. Six months of hype for the premiere of TO and I am thinking about going to bed by halftime.
The Bills have made some changes by firing inept offensive coordinator Turk Schonert and replacing him with former quarterback Alex Van Pelt. AVP is inexpierenced but could re energize an underachieving offense that has not scored a touchdown since before Christmas 2008.
Trent Edwards is a confident young quarterback until he makes a mistake, hopefully AVP can teach him how to shake it off and leave the last play behind him. If he miscues early on Monday night it will be a long evening for the Bills.
Terrell Owens will boost the receiving core and give Lee Evans single coverage on the other side of the field but can the revamped offensive line give Edwards time to make something happen. Teams will be throwing blitz packages at Edwards all game.
Marshawn Lynch begins serving his three game suspension leaving Fred Jackson to carry the load, especially after cutting Dominic Rhodes. Jackson is more than able to carry the running game for the Bills and could be the number one man on any team in the NFL.
They will have their hands full with New England defense all night on Monday.
On defense the Bills have a young group that is not quite up to the task of slowing the Patriots high powered offense. They can hope for Tom Brady to have some rust after missing last season with a knee injury but that is doubtful. Terrence McGee is in a contract year and his time remaining as a Buffalo Bill will be judged on his covering Randy Moss. Hopefully Loedis McKelvin will get plenty of time against Moss, as a second year player he can learn a lot going against one of the leagues top receivers.
Special teams has been the Bills most productive unit the past several years. Coach Bobby April is one of the best in the league and knows his units will have to be on top of their game to give the Bills a chance.
Head coach Dick Jauron is facing a tough year and I do not feel he will last the season with either April or Van Pelt taking over the team during the bye week.
This is not a good week to be a Buffalo Bills fan. New England 28 - Buffalo 13 with special teams scoring a touchdown and defense fighting to keep it close.
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