After the thorough drubbing of the Buffalo Bills by the hands of the Washington Redskins in the first game of the preseason, the reaction by both Bills and non-Bills fans was outlandish. I saw plenty of people saying that this was a Bills team guaranteed to get the first overall pick in next year’s draft and that general manager Buddy Nix should have drafted a quarterback or left tackle rather than running back CJ Spiller.
Fast forward to this week, and all that sentiment is gone. It’s amazing how much can change in one week, isn’t it? Going from enduring an embarrassing thrashing one week to coming out top (even in the first half!) against the Indianapolis Colts sure makes a difference in the fan base.
Now, no one is saying that this is a Super Bowl- (or even playoff-) bound team at this point and meaning it seriously. At least no one sober. However, the improvements from the first game to the second game were definitely there.
Quarterback Trent Edwards looked in command the entire time he was out there, felt pressure well, and made good throws for the most part. His touchdown pass to Lee Evans was perfectly thrown.
He even rebounded from a nasty hit that left him woozy. Most people thought he was done for the night if not longer, but he proved everyone wrong. He’s showing mental and physical toughness that he hasn’t really displayed so far in his career.
The aforementioned Spiller showed a flash of just how special he is on a 31-yard touchdown run that made a couple of Pro Bowlers in defensive end Robert Mathis, free safety Antoine Bethea, and starting cornerback Jacob Lacey look like they were rookies and Spiller was the Pro Bowl veteran.
He does have a long way to go and is definitely trying too hard at points out on the field, but he definitely is going to be something special.
The defense was a mixed bag against both first and second string offenses. They gave up both a passing and rushing touchdown to the first team offense, but cornerback Terrence McGee made a great play to snag a tipped pass then got up and returned it 70-plus yards for a touchdown.
Do the Bills have a long way to go? Definitely. Are they as bad as a lot of people think they’re going to be and as bad as they looked in the Redskins game? No. Head coach Chan Gailey just showed how much hard work and teaching can improve a team in a week. This is a team that will get better ever week, every play they are out there.
And they’re already starting to make some big plays on both sides of the ball. Keep your eyes on this team, they could very well surprise you.