It certainly wasn’t the way the Bills wanted to go out in 2008, but there were still some efforts that deserve some recognition.
BEST SECOND EFFORT: Fred Jackson – On more than one occasion Jackson broke loose from the pile for extra yardage, one of which converted a third down in the first quarter.
BEST RETURN: Spencer Johnson – The defensive lineman made a solid play with a 19-yard return on a squib kick to the Bills 40-yard line.
BEST SAVE YOUR BACON PLAY: Fred Jackson – His recovery of the muffed punt return by Leodis McKelvin prevented a touchdown as Jackson recovered it in the end zone forcing a touchback.
BEST PENETRATION: Bryan Scott – The strong safety got into the offensive backfield on a 2nd-and-9 at the Patriots 39, forcing Sammy Morris to change his run and allow Spencer Johnson to drop Morris for a two-yard loss.
BEST COURAGE: Trent Edwards – The quarterback took off running for a first down on 3rd-and-4 and dove head first to reach the first down marker with defenders closing in fast.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Chris Kelsay/Kyle Williams – On a 3rd-and-7 at the Patriots 23 early in the third quarter, Kelsay and Williams swooped in on Matt Cassel with Williams getting credit for the full sack to force a punt.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP PART II: Kawika Mitchell/Paul Posluszny – The two linebackers teamed up to stone LaMont Jordan for a one-yard loss on 3rd-and-1 at the Bills 24.
BEST ADJUSTMENT TO WIND: Josh Reed – His leap to snare a 16-yard pass over the middle from Edwards not only got them into New England territory, but set up a 4th-and-1.
BEST TACKLER: Ryan Denney – The defensive end led all players with 11 tackles including one for loss.
BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE: Kyle Williams – The defensive tackle had six tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE: Fred Jackson – It was hard to argue with a career high 136 rushing yards, especially after only getting seven carries in the second half.
BEST OVERLOOKED STAT: Third down efficiency – Buffalo’s offense was surprisingly efficient on third down converting 9-17 for a 53% conversion rate, one of their best of the season. The Patriots meanwhile went 2-10 (20%). Of course on fourth down the Pats were 2-2 and the Bills were 0-2.
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