Week One is always the hardest to predict since teams don’t open the playbook in the preseason and the starters play less and less especially in recent years. Coming in, the Jets hadn’t scored a single TD on offense.
Boy, that didn’t last long.
“Raw” rookie Stephen Hill had a 33-yard TD reception in the second quarter and added a 17-yard TD in the third. QB Mark Sanchez has thrown 3 TD passes vs one interception and actually looks like he belongs on the field.
Bills RB C.J. Spiller had the Bills’ lone TD on a breakaway 56-yard touchdown run, nearly equaling QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s passing yardage total of 75 up to this point. Fitzpatrick has completed only 11 passes in the game so far and a TD. That’s the good news.
The bad news? Three of those completions were to the Jets defenders. To be fair, the Jets’ offense has scored “only” 34 of the points. Antonio Cromartie returned one of Fitzpatrick’s “completions” 40 yards in a pick-6 to open the second half scoring.
Truly, when the Jets get the lead, their defense can REALLY pin their ears back and go after the QB. If early returns are any indication, the Bills will be in the market for a new QB this offseason.
If the Miami Dolphins were ever serious about trading Matt Moore, the Bills might look for him now. More likely, the Bills would be picking up a David Garrard off waivers to push Fitzgerald. I doubt the Dolphins want to trade Moore now, given rookie Ryan Tannehill’s 3 INTs so far against Houston and Pat Devlin is still a developmental guy albeit with quite some talent.
I know it’s only one game, but Buffalo spent $100 million on ONE player – defensive end Mario Williams – so it would appear the owner wants to win, and win now.
Fitzgerald has been the Bills’ starting QB for years now…mostly because everyone they bring in to challenge him isn’t up to the task. Ask a J.P. Losman about that one?
Whatever the case is, it does appear that the Bills picked up right where they left off last season. Losing games big.