Wide Right? Not So Fast! Is There Hope For The Bills in Carolina?
Wide right, along with 47-yard field goals are both things Buffalo fans dread to hear. Buffalo Bills kicker, Rian Lindell missed a 46 yard field goal to bring the game into Overtime, in which he booted a 47-yarder to win the game, bringing Buffalo to a 2-4 record for the season.
With victory, there were also substantial losses. Quarterback Trent Edwards left the game during his second drive with the second concussion in as many years, following a hit from Linebacker Calvin Pace. In addition to Edwards, rookie Tight End Shawn Nelson also suffered a concussion. Defensive Backs Donte Whitner, and Terrence McGee, along with Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams were also injured.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick playing Quarterback, it looked downhill from there. Buffalo opted against utilizing the no-huddle offense, which has been less than productive all season long.Down 13-3 at the half, Buffalo came back with a swag Bills fans have yet to see this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick showed excellent pocket presence, completing 10 passes for 116 yards, including a great touchdown pass to wideout Lee Evans, who was wide open on a beautiful slant route.
With Trent Edwards' status uncertain for next weeks game in Carolina, it looks as if Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting for Buffalo. Fitzpatrick, unlike Edwards in previous weeks was able to utilize all the weapons at his disposal, completing passes to seven players, while rushing seven times for 20 yards.
Buffalo's Offensive Line looked strong, allowing Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson to combine for 103 yards. Overall the Buffalo Bills looked strong, and here are some things to watch for on Sunday.
Buffalo Secondary vs. Jake Delhomme
The Bills defense forced six interceptions, and will face Jake Delhomme, who has thrown ten interceptions on the season. Donte Whitner and Terrence McGee are both day-to-day and are expected to play, which gives the defense a huge boost, against receivers Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammed, neither of whom have a touchdown on the year.
Buffalo D-Line vs. DeAngelo Williams & Jonathon Stewart
Buffalo allowed over 300 rushing yards against the New York Jets, and are going to be facing one of the best running back tandems in the NFL. Buffalo really needs to step up on the defensive side of the ball, and cannot let DeAngelo Williams perform like Thomas Jones did yesterday.
Offensive Line vs. Julius Peppers
The Offensive Line is in for a long day against Julius Peppers, who currently has five sacks on the year. Julius Peppers will be all over the quarterback if the offensive line cannot find a way to contain this huge, physical play maker coming off the edge.
Marshawn Lynch's Impact
With Fred Jackson performing superbly, Marshawn Lynch needs a big game to prove that he is a necessity for Buffalo. Carolina's defense has allowed 746 rushing yards this season, so look for Marshawn Lynch to perform well, after getting the kinks out following his four game suspension to begin the year, and return to "Beast Mode"
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