Fitzpatrick Needs to Show Improvement in Week Three


Head Coach Chan Gailey is an offensive mastermind, and that’s why he was brought to the Buffalo Bills to be their man in charge. He was supposed to be able to draw up schematics to contend with QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, what he has found is that he really needs a quarterback to be able to run these three and four-wide receiver sets that he is desiring, and this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns could be the latest in tough looking games for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick and the Bills are field goal favorites for NFL picks on Sunday at the Dawg Pound, but the Ivy Leaguer really needs to be at the top of his game against a defense that has a lot of potential.

Fitzpatrick has completed just 28 passes this year in two games, and that isn’t nearly going to cut it. It hasn’t been from a lack of effort either, as he has thrown the ball 51 times. Five touchdowns are great, but three picks aren’t, and a 54.9 percent completion percentage is amongst the worst in the game. Remember that Buffalo just committed a slew of money to Fitzpatrick to be its starting quarterback for the long haul last year, and these aren’t the types of numbers that you would expect to see.

Thank goodness for the play of RB CJ Spiller, or there just would be no offense to speak of for the Bills. Spiller has 364 yards from scrimmage, and no other three players combined have that many yards. WR Stevie Johnson and TE Scott Chandler have just six catches apiece on the year, and there hasn’t been a man able to step up and take over as that second receiver that Buffalo so badly needs.

Buffalo’s history against the Browns doesn’t suggest that there are a lot of points coming. The only meeting between these two in this incarnation of the Cleveland franchise here in the Dawg Pound was a brutal 8-0 defeat for the visitors. Buffalo has averaged just 16.0 points per game in the five meetings since the return of the Browns, but it is still at least 2-3 SU and ATS to show for those five games.

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