Inside The Bills

Lombardi on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 1:17 pm

Fora third straight week, NFL Network analyst used space in his column to break down the Bills latest victory. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo improving to 3-0 with a landmark win over New England.

The Bills once again came from behind, overcoming a 21-0 deficit and dominating the second half by forcing Tom Brady into three interceptions over the final six possessions. These 2011 Bills have no quit in them regardless of the score or how many yards the opponent is able to gain. Early, the Patriots moved the ball at will. But after Bills defensive back Bryan Scott intercepted a tipped ball just as the Patriots were getting ready to add to their lead at the end of the first half, the tide turned in the game. Instead of going into the locker room down 24-3 or 28-3, the Bills trailed 21-10 and were confident they could turn the game around.

Give coach Chan Gaily credit. He has devised a system that highlights the strengths of the team and protects its weaknesses. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is almost un-sackable as he gets rid of the ball quickly in this spread attack and never allows his offensive line to become exposed. The Bills have one of the best yards-after-contact runners in Fred Jackson and a bunch of receivers, spearheaded by Stevie Johnson, who all run excellent routes, rarely have drops and are always in rhythm with Fitzpatrick.

By spreading teams out, the Bills create easy throws for Fitzpatrick. He is never forced to hold onto the ball for an extended period, thus eliminating the potential of negative plays. The Bills know their offensive line is not a powerful group, so they never ask them to flex their muscles.

Clearly, Brady was off. Even though he threw for 387 yards, some of his throws were not as accurate as they normally are, and the Bills took full advantage of his miscues. They played with great passion and when the game was on the line, Buffalo made the plays that in the past 15 games New England normally made.

As nose tackle Kyle Williams said after the game: “You can’t say enough about the guys on our football team. Grinding it out. Fighting. Never quitting. You know we talked about it all week. You know we’re not scared and we’re going to play as hard as we can for 60 minutes and see where the chips fall.”

The Bills are for real, and they won’t go quietly. They will compete no matter the score and clearly no lead is too much for them to overcome.


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