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09-11-2012, 02:33 PM
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More like easy schedule hype. Food for thought: the Bills were predicted to go 11-5 by ESPN's accuscore in their ESPN the Mag preview. That included an opening week loss at the Jets.

You can say all you like about how any team can beat any other team in this league, but there's no denying that playing Cleveland, KC, the AFC South, and the NFC West out of conference is by far the easiest schedule they've had in a loooong time, and it certainly gives them a much better chance than playing the NFC East, AFC West + Cincinatti and Tennessee.

Until they lose one of the games they should win (home vs. KC, @CLE, I'll throw in @ARI mainly because of where it is in the scheulde), I'm not going to panic too much. Week 1 blowouts aren't overly rare, and nor are they as indicitive of a team as games later in the season (Grantland had an article yesterday stating that teams that blowout opponents in week 1 make the playoffs at a significantly lower rate than teams who get blowouts in later weeks).

Sunday sucked. I think a lot of it falls on Chan and his coaches, because the team simply didn't look ready to play. They got beat in every phase of the game. But I don't believe for a second that the Bills are THAT bad.
Schedule has something to do with it too, but I don't think places like ESPN give Buffalo that kind of record without them signing Mario. Had they kept the same roster from last season, I doubt there are many 11-5 predictions going into the season (besides Whiplash).

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Schedule has something to do with it too, but I don't think places like ESPN give Buffalo that kind of record without them signing Mario. Had they kept the same roster from last season, I doubt there are many 11-5 predictions going into the season (besides Whiplash).
Accuscore is a program - there is no human bias there. Perhaps they overestimate the impact of one or two good/great players on a defense can have in their algorithms, but that is one prediction that you can safely say does not have a marquee free agent signing bias.

I suspect they saw a good but not great offense; albeit one that is prone to turnovers in the passing game, a defense that can't help but be better than it was last year with a healthy K.Williams and two better DL's than we had last year (not to mention a change in scheme which should fit the current personnel better), with a generally solid special teams.

That is more than most of the teams on their schedule have.

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Think about what? Your point is silly. A free agent wideout would sign in Buffalo at this point because he wants an NFL paycheck. It has nothing to do with Ralph selling the team.
Was talking about the coach part of the post

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Really Rodney??? Pretty sure Brady will have to retire at some point...

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Schedule has something to do with it too, but I don't think places like ESPN give Buffalo that kind of record without them signing Mario. Had they kept the same roster from last season, I doubt there are many 11-5 predictions going into the season (besides Whiplash).
Hey, I have a very rigorous formula that determines my prediction every year


I agree with you jflory, in that I'm not panicking but Sunday still SUCKED donkey balls. Especially when 1/3 of your office is Jets fans


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Marcell Dareus's brother has been murdered. He was 19.

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Marcell Dareus's brother has been murdered. He was 19.
Terrible news. So sad. His focus needs to be on his family right now. Unfortunatly that may effect his play, but it's completely understandable.

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Who the hell is going to play receiver then?

Sigh...
Maybe they'll open a roster spot by cutting Thigpen in a couple more weeks.

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Terrible news. So sad. His focus needs to be on his family right now. Unfortunatly that may effect his play, but it's completely understandable.
Really has yet to impress much since becoming a pro anyways.

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Really has yet to impress much since becoming a pro anyways.
stop it!!! What are you expecting. After Williams was hurt last year, tell me who played on the line with him???A steaming pile of dog ooooh! (Honey Boo Boo reference)

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What is it like being so wrong?

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Putrid start.

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Putrid start.
They should look at what happened last year with the Chiefs, those guys almost rallied from it. I use them as an example because they suffered a big injury or 2.

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The Bills should revolve their offense around Spiller. He's a top 10 pick for a reason. His skills are legit. He's a game breaker. This should be his break out year. The Bills have been extremely patient with him, and I think it will pay off.

Take this oppertunity, and run with it.


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09-12-2012, 11:48 AM
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The Bills should revolve their offense around Spiller. He's a top 10 pick for a reason. His skills are legit. He's a game breaker. This should be his break out year. The Bills have been extremely patient with him, and I think it will pay off.

Take this oppertunity, and run with it.
Yeah, I think they could have some success with a strategy built around the kid, especially if last Sunday was the exception, rather than the rule for the defensive line.

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09-12-2012, 12:32 PM
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The Bills should revolve their offense around Spiller. He's a top 10 pick for a reason. His skills are legit. He's a game breaker. This should be his break out year. The Bills have been extremely patient with him, and I think it will pay off.

Take this oppertunity, and run with it.
I don't think they have much of an option right now anyway. With Jackson and Nelson down their offense is pretty much entirely Spiller and Stevie now.

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They should look at what happened last year with the Chiefs, those guys almost rallied from it. I use them as an example because they suffered a big injury or 2.
And in fairness to Jackson and Nelson, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry were bigger losses. As an outsider--at least when it comes to the Bills--I find some of the panic a tad surprising. You guys always get tagged by the Jets, at least over the last few years. It's one game. I still think y'all have a 9-7 team.

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It's been clear for a long time that the strength of the Bills offense is the running game. That should be the focal point of the offensive game plan; NOT passing the ball.

Get the run going, get Fitzpatrick under center, and use some play action. Throw a few times out of running formations. Use the run to set up the pass.

No one is being fooled by our shotgun spread the field offense anymore, and we don't really have the personnel for it.

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It's been clear for a long time that the strength of the Bills offense is the running game. That should be the focal point of the offensive game plan; NOT passing the ball.

Get the run going, get Fitzpatrick under center, and use some play action. Throw a few times out of running formations. Use the run to set up the pass.

No one is being fooled by our shotgun spread the field offense anymore, and we don't really have the personnel for it.
Can we send this to chan

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Can we send this to chan
Do you think Chan knows how to use email....let alone a computer?

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The Bills should revolve their offense around Spiller. He's a top 10 pick for a reason. His skills are legit. He's a game breaker. This should be his break out year. The Bills have been extremely patient with him, and I think it will pay off.

Take this oppertunity, and run with it.
Well it was getting to the point if he was maybe gunna be moved because Jackson was so good. Thats why they were somewhat patient with him because there wasnt much of a use for him. Now there is...again

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I guess Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Jay Cutler, judging by the latter's 4 interceptions tonight


Seriously though, that was a terrible game

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I guess Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Jay Cutler, judging by the latter's 4 interceptions tonight


Seriously though, that was a terrible game
I was listening to the Grantland Bill Simmons/Cousin Sal podcast today at work, and it just blows my mind how much stock good football analysists put into week 1. I used to write weekly power rankings, and I wouldn't even start until week 3 at the earliest. There's just too much variability in week 1 and too much emotion in home openers to really get a good idea of how good (or bad) teams are in week 1.

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I guess Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Jay Cutler, judging by the latter's 4 interceptions tonight


Seriously though, that was a terrible game
Accuracy is more important than arm strength and Cutler only has the latter.

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