The Buffalo Bills 2012 season was rough to endure as a fan, but there were still many memorable moments. With over a month until training camp begins, we decided to go back and review the best play the Bills made in every game last year.
Coming off their bye week, the Buffalo Bills traveled to Texas to take on the Houston Texans, where defensive end Mario Williams would face off against his former team. This edition of the “Buffalo Bills’ Best Plays of 2012” is special, because I decided to feature not one, but two plays from the game.
While the Bills suffered a defeat to the Texans, the team still made some exciting plays.
Mario Williams Sacks Matt Schaub
Down 7-0 in the second quarter, it was clear that Mario Williams was tuned in for this game. It was revealed that he underwent wrist surgery the week prior, which made his appearance on the field even more noteworthy.
Here, Mario Williams is lined up in the wide “nine” technique, where he is shaded over tight end Owen Daniels.
When quarterback Matt Schaub takes the snap, Daniels goes into his route, without attempting to chip Mario Williams, and right tackle Derek Newton is responsible for blocking him.
Mario simply overpowers Newton, shoving him aside and essentially gaining a clear path to the quarterback.
For the second play, we’ll highlight Ryan Fitzpatrick’s screen pass to C.J. Spiller that went for 35+ yards.
The Bills come out in a standard shotgun formation with C.J. Spiller alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick, three wide receivers and one tight end.
Following the snap, Spiller delays his route, appearing as if he is staying home to block for Fitzpatrick.
However, Spiller quickly bails out of the backfield as center Eric Wood and guard Kraig Urbik turn upfield to block for the quick screen.
Spiller finds a hole in the zone, and Fitzpatrick dumps off the ball.
Spiller catches the ball as Urbik throws a chop block at the “Mike” or middle linebacker, and he’s left one-on-one with the outside ‘backer in space.
As he turns upfield, T.J. Graham and Brad Smith provide crucial blocks that allow Spiller to utilize his top-end speed and get to the sideline.
Spiller has a clear path where he scampers for roughly 15 yards before being knocked out of bounds by linebacker Tim Dobbins.