The comeback kids are at it again! The latest and most impressive victory that the Buffalo Bills have added to their resume certainly sent shock waves across the NFL. Sunday’s victory against the division rival New England Patriots solidified the Bills as a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.
Perhaps the theme of the 2011 Buffalo Bills can be identified as resiliency. The ability of the Buffalo Bills to rally from 21 points to defeat an elite team such as the Patriots sends a profound message to the rest of the NFL that the Bills are a team to be taken seriously, regardless of previous stereotypes. With the Bills victory on Sunday, Buffalo became the first team in NFL history to win two consecutive games after being down by 18+ points. Breaking the 15 game losing streak to the Patriots affirmed the new mentality that this team has taken on, and in doing so the Bills have set the city into a frenzy.
Falling behind by 21 points in the second quarter, Buffalo began to appear as if their 2-0 record may have possessed some “fluff.” Rallying around the playmakers on defense and the IQ of Fitzpatrick, the Bills completed a comeback for the ages. Whether you are a believer in Bills resolution at quarterback or not, Fitzpatrick continues to silence his critics via each weekly performance.
Week after week, the energy that serves to be the catalyst of production for the Bills offense is Fred Jackson. Jackson continues to run the ball with an aggressive attitude that generates offensive production and momentum. Freddie “Fast Action” Jackson finished Sunday’s contest with 74 yards on 12 carries and 1TD (6.2yds per carry) and 5 receptions for 87 yards. Each week, Jackson is proving that he can manufacture production that is on par with the most explosive running backs in the NFL.
Despite being exposed by Tom Brady for 387 yards, the Buffalo Bills secondary solidified as a unit and became the X-factor that won the game for the Bills. Whether you respect Tom Brady or not, the future Hall of Fame quarterback is a machine that is notorious for picking apart vulnerable defenses. On Sunday, the Buffalo defense provided a plethora of potent punches that countered the productivity of Brady. Words of acclamation for Defensive Coordinator George Edwards do not even do justice for his ability to implement second half adjustments that stifled Tom Brady. Buffalo’s defensive unit actively responded to adjustments that were made throughout the game and managed to intercept Tom Brady three times over New England’s final six possessions of the ball game.
Although it is early in the season, Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix have established a blue-collar mentality that has built a foundation in Buffalo for this season and years to come. Gailey’s extensive offensive knowledge has empowered him to successfully design an offense that enables Ryan Fitzpatrick to utilize his potential. The chemistry that is produced between the coaching staff and players generates intangible qualities that hold this team together. Whether personalities naturally mesh or players and coaches are bonding over specific qualities, this team is unifying to become a rising team in the AFC that is stocked with young talent. This is a win that the Bills, Bills Mafia, Bills Nation, and Bills fans across the country can unite about, however we must not dwell on this victory for too long because this year’s Buffalo Bills have bigger and better things planned. Celebrate now, and then realize it’s on to the next one.
1. RB Fred Jackson: 12 carries for 74 yards and 1 TD. 5 receptions for 87 yards. If any doubt remained about Fred Jackson receiving the majority of touches in the Bills backfield, let it be permanently erased right now. For this year, Jackson is proving to be the physical, every-down running back that the Bills need while C.J. Spiller accents with his explosiveness.
2. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 27/40, 369 yards, 2TDs, and 2INT. Yet again, the Amish Rifle was on display Sunday afternoon as the Bills aerial attack revived the Bills. Fitzpatrick outplayed Tom Brady and finished with an NFL QB Rating of 92.6, which was 6.6 points higher than Brady. Despite throwing two interceptions in the first half, Fitzpatrick did not turn the ball over in the second half and led his team to another comeback victory.
3. Buffalo Bills Secondary: Yes, Tom Brady was 30/45 for 387 yards but the highlight of the defense was 4 interceptions. This unit forced Brady to throw three interceptions over the final six possessions of the game. Anytime that you cause Tom Brady to throw as many interceptions as he did all of last season, you know the defensive scheme is effective.
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