We kept shooting ourselves in this game and they took advantage.
In the big picture 4-2 entering the bye isn't bad...but this game they made stupid mistakes. Jackson didn't get the ball enough, Fitz made the 2 stupid underthrows, the missed FG opportunity in the first half (how big is that now?), the stupid Florence PI penalties...
Winnable game. The defense is plain bad, particularly when it's not getting any turnovers. They're offensively solid in the short game, but they had no long game (especially with Fitz underthrowing everything). This team could be 6-0 as easily as it could be 1-5. At least it's entertaining, shoot-out type football.
Somebody pump Fitz's arm full of steroids and Kyle Williams full of HGH
edit: I'm still all about the Amish Rifle but he can't go having too many more games like this one. My psyche can't go through another 2008 where T., Edwards actually didn't look horrible to start and then just crumbled into an Arena-caliber player (maybe worse)
Well I guess in the end who would've been please at the beginning of the season knowing we'd by 4-2 going into the bye? I know I would be one happy camper and I still am. Sure, we very easily could be 6-0 but at the same time we could give 1-5 with a couple bad breaks.
- Tough loss, although really you could see that one coming. Giants' backs were up against the wall, but this game was a bit of a freebie for us after the win last week. For the most part I thought we played pretty well, but in the end we made a few more mistakes than they did and we ended up with the loss. I said going into these past 2 weeks that we needed to steal 1 from either the Eagles or the Giants, and we did that, so I consider the past 2 games to be a success. Very happy to be at 4-2.
- Love that Gailey seems to address the problems with the offense week by week. This week we ran the play action effectively, threw out of 2 back backfields, went down the field (although it didn't work out), and tried to throw out of the wildcat. We'll need to figure out a way to go down the field effectively, be a bit less predictable in the run game, and I'd love to see us run a trick play, but all in all I'm pleased with the way Chan calls the game.
- Fitz had an uneven game. He had some trouble adjusting to the pass rush early, and of course he threw two bad picks. For much of the game though he was making the offense go while we struggled running the ball.
- Jackson with huge yards again (168 in sum), but almost half of that came on one play. He was awesome out of the backfield, but we had trouble running for much of the game (outside of the 80-yarder he had a 2.73 YPC). Like I mentioned before, a lot of that is due to the fact that our running game can become predictable. Finding ways to disguise the run better would be huge for Fred.
- Games like today are the difference between Johnson and Evans. Evans would have like 3 big games per season where he'd go off with 8 catches 100 yards and 2 TDs, but then he would have 5 games with like 2 catches for 25 yards. Johnson will have the big games (re: New England game), but he rarely is a total no show. Every week Johnson is a major factor in our offense.
- Nelson contributing today with the injuries. Although Chandler was very quiet.
- Each week Gailey is using Spiller less and less as a traditional back, and each week Spiller is becoming more and more effective. The Bills really need to get a deal done with Jackson, because Spiller's not going to be an every down back in this league. He's more effective if you use him in space.
- OL struggled a bit with the Giants front 7, although that's to be expected considering they led the league in sacks coming into the game, and we're hurting with injuries. We need to get some bodies back ASAP.
- Wildcat was working nicely today.
- With McKelvin out the Giants picked on Florence, and were successful. Part of that was coaching though. Florence is an intelligent DB, but he struggles in man coverage because he's limited physically. I think every time he got burnt today or took a penalty he was in man coverage. That needs to be corrected.
- I thought we played better against the run than the stats show. They racked up 123 yards and 3 TDs, but it took them 31 carries to get there. The Giants ran the ball a lot moreso than they ran the ball effectively.
- Safeties contributing again with 17 tackles, led by Wilson's 10. Still though, they're not very strong against the pass.
- Goose eggs again in the sack column.
- Giants didn't impress me. Today was a huge game for them, and while they played well, they still made a lot of mistakes. Lots of guys hanging their heads when things got tough. NFC East is wide open. A 9 win team may take the division this year.
- Looking ahead we've got 2 games against the Jets and 1 against Miami in the next 5 weeks. We'll need to steal 1 from NY, and squish the Fish if we want to make the playoffs. Games against Washington and Dallas in that stretch as well. We'll probably need a split against them, with Washington being the more winnable game.
So how many times can one guy commit pass interference before he gets benched?
As far as I'm concerned, it's already two times too many.
We can blame Fitz and Gailey for this one and it would be reasonable, but these guys make up for their flaws by playing risky and taking chances. We don't have blue-chip talent that can just get by doing the conservative things. We have to play with an edge on offense and I'm fine with the chances we take.
What I am not fine with is the way this team refuses to address the ******* pass rush. Get a defensive end who has no desire to stop the run. PLEASE. I don't care if he gets 0 tackles all season if the guy can get 10-12 sacks and consistent QB pressure. Our lack of a pass rush in any way, shape, or form, is the reason our secondary has to play 10 yards off the receiver and get burned by QBs who can recognize and exploit that. Thankfully, we get crappy QB's the next two games with Beck/Grossman and than Sanchez, so I fully expect two wins coming out of the break.