Week 1 was an absolute mess for the Bills. They’ll need to move on quickly though as they face to very winnable games over the next two weeks, starting with a home date with the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.
Don’t be fooled: the 48-28 score-line is flattering to Buffalo. That’s just how bad it really was.
Only a late flurry of garbage-time points made the score seem closer than the game really was. At one point the Bills were down 41-7, for crying out loud.
It really was ugly all-around. The Bills made Mark Sanchez (266 yards and three touchdowns) look like Tom Brady and had a ton of trouble moving the chains against New York’s first-team defense too.
Ryan Fitzpatrick may have had three touchdown tosses, but he struggled for the most part. He hit on only 18-of-32 passes for 195 yards and had three interceptions, leaving him with a 66.5 QB rating for the day.
The former Harvard QB did manage to spread the wealth though, throwing TD passes to three different receivers. Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones and Scott Chandler also got into the endzone.
As if getting murdered during the game wasn’t enough, the Bills were also dealt with a couple injury blows on offense.
Fred Jackson sprained his knee and never returned and it’s been said that he’s expected to miss at least a month. David Nelson, who had won the number two receiving job, didn’t fare as well, tearing his ACL in the loss. He’s done for the year.
Despite all of those health concerns, Buffalo is still favored over Kansas City and should be a trendy play in NFL picks this weekend.
The public is way down on the Bills right now after their horrible showing against New York, so there could certainly be value here versus the Chiefs.