Quick Thoughts on Raiders/Bills

It was not pretty but at the end of the day the Bills got the job done.  How many Bills fans were sitting on their couches during the 2nd quarter thinking to themselves “Same Old Bills”.  Well, the Bills did manage to turn a lot of heads this week and put on one of the more entertaining games of the week in the process.  Where they go from here remains to be seen but it does feel like the worm is starting to turn in Buffalo.  Quick thoughts:

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick was off early and was hurt by a few penalties but boy did he catch fire later on.  I haven’t seen a Buffalo Bills QB play so confidently since Doug Flutie.
  • The biggest surprise of the Bills season so far has been the offensive line.  Andy Levitre in particular is playing at an extremely high level.  I’m talking near Pro Bowl caliber play in the first two weeks.
  • Nice coming out party for David Nelson.  I’ll have more on him later this week but something tells me that this kid is here to stay.
  • C.J. Spiller – you can see the corner, you know the way around it, you just need to get there.  Looks like you are at least heading in the right direction.
  • Stevie Johnson has to be among the best route runners in the NFL currently.  It is very hard to cover him one on one.
  • Leodis McKelvin followed his great day in Week 1 with a very poor showing against the Raiders on Sunday.  He was not helped by the play of George Wilson, who looked out of position more often than not.  Definitely a step back for this unit this week.
  • Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams were outstanding.  Chris Kelsay had a strong game too…Nick Barnett is all over the place.  I still think this defense is yet to gel, which means it will only get better as it becomes a more cohesive unit.
  • Glad that you got on the stat sheet Da’Norris.  Knock it down next time.
  • Not sure what there is left to say about Freddie Jackson.  The guy is as consistent as they come.  At 30 years old, he may even be getting better, not to mention he does some of his best work in the winter.  He’s already the #1 rusher in the NFL after two weeks…I see a career year when it is all said and done.
  • That Denarius Moore looks like a player.
  • That had to have been one of the most entertaining halves of Buffalo Bills football since…the Dallas Monday night game maybe?  There have been some fun games but they were always after the Bills were out of it, which loses some of the luster in the excitement.
  • The party out there looks fun Shawne Merriman…maybe it’s time to join?  Next week against #12 would be great, thanks.
  • I guess what Chris Berman says is true, nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

Well that was a good appetizer, now for the main course…if the Buffalo Bills are for real they will compete with the New England Patriots at home.  Notice I didn’t say win, I think a close game give them enough confidence to catapult themselves to some success for the rest of the year.  And if they do win?  Well, let’s just say they won’t be your father’s Buffalo Bills anymore.

Twitter @ ErikVenskus

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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