The good news is that the Buffalo Bills have just wrapped up the first quarter of the season with a respectable record of 2-2. The bad news is that they have accomplished this feat with totally inept quarterback play by EJ Manuel. This recent week’s game against the Texans showed that Manuel has regressed from the very low bar that he set in the week 1 win over the Bears. Yes he is still a young quarterback who is learning the NFL game. Yes he has shown moments of competency this season. And yes it is still to soon to give up on him long term, but this team is being handcuffed by his play. This is not pop warner football and he is not the coaches son. This is the NFL and literally hundreds of people’s jobs are riding on his performance. There is a reason that they overpaid for Kyle Orton and this past week’s game is it. There is no reason why the Bills should have lost that game, except for Manuel’s performance. It is impossible to evaluate the performance of Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and the performance of these young receivers with the offense going through Manuel. I’m not saying that Orton is the second coming, but he is a competent NFL quarterback. If the Bills don’t make this move now, they will most likely start to lose the locker room and then start to lose jobs.
There is no sugar coating this one. The Bears were bad. I mean really bad. Well, maybe not all the time, but overall- they were really bad.
On a day when Chicago owned the Packers in just about every statistical category, they come away 21-point losers. So how did this happen?
- The Bears have no defense. They were supposed to have found themselves in the second half against San Francisco. Remember that, folks? Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it? The Packers have notoriously ignored hard-running RB Eddie Lacy, so the Bears thought they’d rush minimally and let their secondary figure it out. The problem is, after CB Tim Jennings you a rookie CB and a secondary so questionable and hurt Isiah Frey is seeing ample playing time. The same Isiah Frey who was cut in the preseason. The Packers receivers were allowed to run at will through the Bears’ secondary.
- Jay Cutler threw two interceptions at the most god awful times. I like Cutler. I think he can take the Bears where they need to go if things go certain ways. One of those things that has to go a certain way is that he needs to be able to read a corner sitting on a slant. I’m sorry, there’s no excuse.
So Cutler was bad, but even with his two picks, the Bears could have weathered the storm had the defense been able to stop anyone. The kicker is that the Bears owned Time of Possession 36-23 and outgained the Packers 496-358. There is simply no reason the Bears should have lost this game.
Except, that is, for the defense that couldn’t stop giving up touchdowns and the quarterback who kept giving them the ball.
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