Buffalo Bills Practice Suspended? Not Really, But It Could Have Been

Dan AngeContributor IIOctober 9, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  A general view of the field as the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Denver Broncos defense at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Text Message Received: 10/8/10

“FWD: Buffalo Bills football practice was delayed nearly 2 hours this morning, after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Coach Chan Gailey immediately suspended practice. NFL forensic experts determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice resumed after NFL agents decided was unlikely to encounter the substance again.”

I couldn’t help but laugh extensively, because as insulting as it is to this team, sadly it’s true.

The Bills’ offense has scored only six touchdowns so far this season and three of them have come in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter in “come-from-behind” mode (including Week 1’s TD pass from Edwards to Roscoe Parrish with 5:18 left in the game). It’s very difficult to be a Bills fan these days, but this Sunday poses their best chance to get off the schnide when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here is how the two teams stack up:







27th (15.2)

Points per game

22nd (17.8)

32nd (237.2)

Total yards per game

24th (294.2)

32nd (131.8)

Passing yards per game

26th (164.8)

16th (105.5)

Rushing yards per game

12th (129.5)

30th (26%)

3rd down conversion percentage

8th (44%)




32nd (31.2)

Points per game

30th (27.8)

27th (382.8)

Total yards per game

30th (404.8)

12th (208.8)

Passing yards per game

30th (303.8)

32nd (174.0)

Rushing yards per game

12th (101.0

31st (51%)

3rd down conversion percentage

30th (46%)




28th (-5)


16th (0)

6 (2, 4)

Offensive Turnovers (Fumbles Lost, INTs)

7 (2, 5)

1 (1, 0)

Defensive Turnovers (Fum Rec, INTs)

7 (3, 4)


For Buffalo

The Bills are one of four teams (Lions, Panthers, 49ers) that are 0-4 so far. Despite the record, I must admit, I didn’t realize just HOW bad this season is going until I compiled these stats. This is sickening to look at. I’m not going to go through it all because you can see for yourself. On offense, they actually had a decent running game—HAD a decent one, until they decided to trade workhorse running back Marshawn Lynch to Seattle this week.

While I understand why they traded him, I couldn’t disagree more with the move. Lynch was our best weapon on offense so far this season and he gets shipped out. Regardless, the team must move on.

If Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t move the ball against the Jags defense this week, don’t be surprised if Gailey looks to give Brian Brohm a shot with the bye week next Sunday. Clearly, this front office is in search of change and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing plenty of it throughout this season.

Perhaps the worst number of all on that list is the last one. The defensive squad has produced only one turnover in four games. ONE! To make matters worse, the Bills are feeling the injury bug as defensive leaders Terrence McGee, Marcus Stroud, and Paul Posluszny have all missed time already this season.

The unit has shown signs of promise at times, but with the inept offense unable to put up points, the defense can’t help but get worn down.

For Jacksonville

The Jaguars are coming off an impressive victory over division rival Indianapolis. They capped a come-from-behind win with a 59-yard Josh Scobee field goal as time ran out. Quarterback David Garrard had a great game.

While throwing for only 163 yards, he slung two touchdowns and ran for one more. Maurice Jones-Drew contributed on the ground for 105 yards and a touchdown. With the big win, the Jags are right in the thick of things in the AFC South, only a game behind Houston.


It’s going to be a very boring game.

Buffalo wins, 23-17.