A win that felt like a loss may not be ideal. But there are only so many ways to complain. I reached the ceiling. The Buffalo Bills have dealt with the opposite often enough to know they should appreciate pulling off what can be generously classified as an uneven outing. Get it done however possible even if it takes an inopportune fumble Tampa fans will stew about eternally. Many wins feel maddening, although not usually this intensely.
A craggy triumph can become a loss if a team convinces themselves there’s nothing to fix. Having twice as many wins as losses shouldn’t lure anyone into relaxation. While there’s value in being reminded nothing is easy, it’d be nice to not be infuriating in victory.
Deonte Thompson could star in the film version of his life story. Going from obscure midweek depth signee to receiving star on Sunday is easier if there are few men at your company already doing the job.
The Bills had seemingly been trying to determine if a modern team can win without receivers. I don’t think the non-throwing throwback will catch on. Sure, we live in the era of handlebar mustaches and pickled everything. But there are only so many wins available for those who make so few attempts. Passing for 268 yards shows even our favorite team is tired of handing it off.
It beats fielding excuses. This roster is far from fully stocked, first through personnel acquisition limitations and then to the inevitable aches caused by injuries. Succeeding with the assets they have is admirable after the fact even if the ‘during’ part was rough.
The offense finally showed promise moving the ball in both traditional matters. Buffalo has struggled in each. That was just about enough of seeing how far they could get without maximizing their genuine superstar’s abilities.
It’s an awful shame to have LeSean McCoy and not build an offense around him. You may as well leave Optimus Prime as a truck. There’s a guy who deserved a touchdown. Now please stop carrying the ball like it’s nuclear waste. If he holds it tight, he might gain even more powers.
Even Superman could use help from fellow Hall of Justice members. Pulling linemen clearing space for the most evasive of runners is one of football’s great joys, as seen on every snap when Shady found daylight.
There’s so much going on. Wins permit us to see what else is happening. Repeated viewings of highlights enable watching different engine gears whirr. For example, reliving McCoy’s longest run once more provides a chance to see just how much space the fullback creates. By his job’s nature, Patrick DiMarco doesn’t get much credit for what he does. He gets some here for his work in clearing out run defenders even if he’s fine without receiving some.
McCoy makes it look simple. Learning out what kind of quarterback the Bills have is hard. Tyrod Taylor is still figuring out what kind of player he is. The second-quarter play when he stayed in his pocket despite having so much glorious fake grass in front of him showed that he’s determined to be a pocket passer. But an unwillingness to run cost a first down.
Observers oscillate wildly on whether he’s making the right decisions from one play to the next. The best argument in his case involves who had the lead after the final snap.
Taylor would be helped if the staff kew how clocks work. I wanted to see if the disgraceful ending to the first half felt less crummy after a few days. It doesn’t. Obliviousness to situations showed unpreparedness out of a bye. They’re not going to get three weeks to figure out how far pass routes need to go.
It’s nice to have a sense of community, especially when your team is torturing you. I watched the Buccaneers affair at a party where every guest yelled with incredulity at every miscalculation and blown coverage. If you’re a Bills backer, know others are as incensed as you. On occasion, we can even celebrate together.
A football predator exploits weakened prey. The Raiders, Jets, Saints, and Chargers have all flaunted flaws at various points that a team unworried about draft position ought to note. The Bills begin the annual tradition of a few ostensibly weaker teams queued up as an opportunity. Overlooking any of them will keep our wildest wild card dreams from coming true.
Nothing’s going to be easy if the Bills can’t learn what failed in a win. The soft spots on the zone’s margins Sunday were almost as worrying as their troubles defending slants. And none of us want to remember conceding a touchdown where it looked like it was illegal to cover the catcher.
The defense has had to cover more than territory this season. Improving communication will help make any zone effective. The game’s not always going to be so forgiving, even if fans are.
Editor’s babble: Many thanks to Anthony Bialy for his always-entertaining contributions to our blog. You can follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.