Thoughts on Bills/Chiefs

A few thoughts on the Bills’ season opener,a beautiful 41-7 beatdown of the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

  • I love autumn. The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and Terrence McGee’s spun-glass hamstring is injured three plays into the new season. Ah, tradition.
  • Beautiful catch at the edge of the end zone by Stevie Johnson. He’s got some serious leaping ability.
  • The run defense looked spectacular, though I’m more than a little worried about Merriman’s apparent shoulder injury.
  • I’m impressed that Matt Cassel lasted the whole game. I thought Dareus would finish cracking that rib for him some time in the first quarter.
  • I don’t know why I thought the Chiefs would be tougher at home. Apparently part of my brain still thinks it’s 1995, and that Arrowhead is a tough place for opposing teams. On the note, loved the NBC camera shot of cars streaming out of the parking lot at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • What the hell is a tight end, and why haven’t we been using one in our passing game for the last ten years?
  • Fitz is the man, at least for the next few seasons. No, he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm like Losman or Vick. But it doesn’t matter. The Pats have the most boring dink-and-dunk offense in the league, and it’s effective. You can win games with a smart quarterback and a short to intermediate passing attack, and that’s what the Bills did yesterday.
  • Brad Smith needs to be a more credible passing threat, or opposing defenses are just going to keep crowding the line when he’s taking snaps.

4 Responses to “Thoughts on Bills/Chiefs”

  1. Chris says:

    I might start to be hopeful for the Bills’ prospects if they can bring this same caliber of play to the next several games. It seems that for the last few years (decade) you could get a really well meshed team showing up one week and then a completely different team of misfits showing up the next week. Consistency, boys – you need it!

  2. Pitt says:

    And Spiller- Clemson boy gets a rushing TD. Woooo!

    Didn’t see the game, but my mom gave me the blow-by-blow out last night on the phone. I’m still sticking by my 7-9 prediction, though. Like Chris implied, the difference between the Buffalo Bills and a dollar bill is the dollar bill is good for four quarters.

  3. matt says:

    First round draft pick running back finally gets his first NFL rushing TD in his second season. Nice scouting, boys.

  4. Dan says:

    What pleased me most was after the Chiefs’ big successful drive that led to a TD. For a decade I’ve watched the Bills have control of a game only to absolutely fall apart after one good drive against, or I’ve watched them enact the same strategy the entire game. The plays were different in the second half and the team expanded that lead, which makes me remember what an NFL team looks like.

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