Don’t blame QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the fact that the Buffalo Bills are just 2-2 this year. He has done his job, leading his team to at least 24 points in all four games this year, and he has the most touchdown passes in the league with 12. In fact, don’t blame this offense at all in spite of all of its turnovers. The blame should go squarely on the defense.
Buffalo, a whopping nine-point underdog for NFL picks in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, allowed 52 to the New England Patriots last week, including 45 in the second half and 31 in the fourth quarter alone. The Patriots had two men with at least 100 rushing yards and two with at least 100 receiving yards for the first time in their franchise’s history, and it made the fact that the offense had 438 points totally moot.
New England accounted for 580 total yards of offense to win that game.
Does that sight look familiar? That’s the exact same thing that happened on the road in Week 1 against the New York Jets. Those Jets have scored a total of 47 points in three games since Week 1, and they scored 48 in Week 1. Buffalo conceded 384 yards, including three touchdown passes by QB Mark Sanchez. That day, Sanchez looked like Joe Montana. Now, he’s on the verge of getting benched for QB Tim Tebow after his third consecutive game of completing less than half of his passes and his second in three tries of failing to reach 150 passing yards.
The Bills invested a ton of money on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason, including bringing in DE Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson. Between the two, they have a total of 2 ½ sacks this year, and that just isn’t going to cut it.
The Jets allowed the 49ers to roll to a 34-0 victory at MetLife Stadium last week. The Buffalo defense is going to have to do a lot more than that to be able to stop one of the biggest favorites in the NFC in Week 5.