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7 Things for Sunday: Part II.

By TOM

Greetings Pats Fans,

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Not The Old Bills.

By TOM

4. I mean… No.- The Bills have completely shifted their team from the Sexy-Rexy era. They dismantled their secondary this past off season. They lost both starting CBs Gilmore and Ryan Darby. They also ditched Marcel Darius. Then this past preseason they switch to a base 4-3 from the Ryan 3-4. Which is a complete change of the defense.

This is not the same team that was run by Patriots Killer Sexy-Rexy, who seemed to split the Wins with the Pats every season he was in the AFC East (and was the only guy who could get in BB's head a little;). "I think it's interesting. I think you look at each of the individual players and based on what they did before you kind of know that player and his skills are. Now you're seeing him in a different system, and so some of those skills that maybe in another system weren't highlighted as much are now featured more in Coach McDermott's system," BB said. "You just see them playing differently. You see the safeties playing more Cover-2. You see the corners in zone coverage, things like that. Poyer was really more of a free safety at Cleveland. He's played really more strong safety here for Buffalo. Hyde was all over the place. He played corner. He played some nickel back. He played a little bit of safety, returned punts. Now he's pretty much a free safety exclusively. You don't see him in those other spots.

"When you go back to Green Bay there is not a lot of him at free safety, but there's more him at other positions, when we played them in '14. Gaines played against us last year. He got hurt right before the half and didn't play in the 2nd half, but we saw him with the Rams. And Leonard, we know. We know what a tough, competitive guy he is. You sort of know them from other systems.

"But when you see them in this system you see how they're being coached to play, how they're playing the system that they're being coached now. Sometimes that's a little different emphasis than what there was somewhere else. It's interesting the way they've put that together and those guys seem to play with a lot of confidence with each other, a lot of, as I said, good coordinated disguises and coverages. Not just one or two guys, but the whole group really. You can put Preston Brown in there, too. He's in coverage almost on every play, and Ramon. Those guys are pretty much on the field for all of the plays. Alexander in regular, but then he plays some defensive end in sub, but they coordinate all of those things pretty well and disguise their blitz looks and then back out of it, or don't show it and then walk into it late, stuff like that." This is a completely different defense from last season, and the few years before, when they really challenged the Pats.

Then they made big changes at wide receiver. They ditched their two starting WRs, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, who both had good chemistry with Taylor. They picked up Jordan Mathews, who seems to have no chemistry with Taylor, and Calvin Benjamin who promptly got inured. Then two weeks ago blamed all the offensive woes on Taylor, and made the bizarre decision to benched him for a rookie QB who looked as lost a football in tall grass.

They have to contain Taylor, and let the game wear on him. "You've just got to be ready to cover a little longer. We can say all we want, 'Keep him in the pocket, keep him in the pocket,' but, I mean, he's talented," McCourty said. "It's going to be hard for our guys up front for every play to make sure he never leaves the pocket. It's just too tough. So, there's going to be times where a play is going to extend, and we've got to be ready to get on our coverage on an extended play, we call it plaster our coverage, and get to guys and get on them.

"We've talked about that, not quitting on your coverage, not relaxing, staying on them. Because they know that he can extend the play and you see their receivers either turn up field or, if they're deep, come back and try to get open and give him a lane to throw it to them. So, we've talked about that of making sure we stay on our coverage, but it's tough. It's not easy. You know, we're going to come in here and say, 'Keep him in the pocket. Plaster our coverage.' But, it is very tough to do that play-in and play-out." So the question is? Is Taylor still confident, or is he as lost in the tall grass as Eli.

This has been the Pats key to victory all season. They let the other teams beat themselves. Then the Pats just play smart efficient football and coast into victory. The Bills management has spiraled this team from contender to pretender in less than a month. The decisions they made this whole season have seemed to cause more problems than they solved.

This is a case where you expect the coaches to make a dumb decision, or more likely not have them properly prepared for what the Pats are going to do. The Pats players will be over-prepared for the Bills, and the Bills players will be under-prepared for the Pats. That is going to be the primary key to victory, again.

5. Pats D Vs Bills' O- This is going to be a huge advantage for the over-prepared Patriots defense. "Definitely with Rick Dennison, we've got a lot of history with him. [He's a] great coach, great coordinator. [We've had] a lot of battles through the course of a couple different organizations," Patricia said. "He does a great job with that system. It's kind of a West Coast-based system that he utilizes. But Juan Castillo, who's the O-line coach also, you can see influences in the run game. They of course worked together before too. It's kind of a combination." The Bills O-line has also struggled this season.

Incognito is not a good player any more, and Mills is not the best ORT to ever hold down the fort (though he has kept 2nd Round pick Dion Dawkins on the bench). "There's a good amount of what you would consider some of the Kubiak-Shanahan offense from the Broncos that carried over into Houston and Baltimore," Patricia said. "And then there's some scheme runs in there. Some different looks where they're trying to get the ball downhill or to the edge. Obviously the run game is really difficult to defend against these guys: LeSean McCoy, [Mike] Tolbert, [Travaris] Cadet." They are trying to run those zone blocking schemes that Shanahan and Kubiak used to really hurt the Pats in the past.

The Pats D cannot let them get the run game started, because if Taylor can run play action that makes every thing work in their offense. "I mean guys that can just really run the ball, can hurt you immediately if they can get outside quickly or break through the line of scrimmage and have that burst into the open space," Patricia said. "So you've got to really do a great job of making sure you have all of your gaps handled inside and you’re forcing all of that up front handled appropriately. I think they do a good job of understanding the talent they have in the run game and then part of the Dennison offense is to utilize that run game to set up then the play action pass game, move the pocket plays, the boots, things like that where they can push the ball downfield." When Taylor has been able to do boots, and run around, is when he has beaten the Pats.

When he can combine play actions, options, and his own ability to move around behind the line to give his WRs more time to get open, is when he has killed the Pats. "[They'll] try to take advantage of their speed at the wide receiver position, take advantage of their skill set at the tight end position and get the ball to Clay and [Zay] Jones and Benjamin when he was out there and Matthews and [Deonte] Thompson, those guys that can just really stretch it vertical," Patricia said. "If you have that kind of combination with the run, the play action and the boot game and then the drop back pass game which is going to do a complement of spreading you both horizontally to get the ball out quick, get it into space, allow their skill players to get as much yardage as they can and then also block it up and throw the ball deep." Shame McDermott blew up Taylor two weeks ago.

But the Patriots still have to watch out for Patriot killer Tyrod Taylor. "A big challenge, a huge challenge. This guy is really a good football player, very competitive, smart, tough. He's got a good feel for the pocket. He's, obviously, very athletic, hard to tackle, hard to contain. He's fast, he's quick, he's got good balance," BB said. "He's a good football player and, like I said, a very competitive guy, so in critical situations he makes a lot of the right decisions and does a lot of the right things." But he took a huge hit to his confidence.

He played a good game last week, but he is not the player he was confidence wise last season, when he led the Bills to victory over the Pats in Foxboro. "He can extend plays. He's got a good arm. He's got good vision down the field, accuracy," BB said. "You've got to defend him on every play and in the running game that always takes one less guy away from the running game when you have a player like him who you have to concern yourselves that he'll keep the ball or bootleg it or that type of play. Schematically, it takes away a player that you would normally have to defend the running game. It's just one less guy, so his presence, not only when he has the ball, but even when he doesn't have the ball, it affects you. He's a hard guy to handle, a very good football player." He will run some option plays, and keep the ball and run outside.

Taylor and Shady are really the two keys to stopping the Bills-O. "Huge challenge obviously. They've done a great job finding different ways to get him the ball, not only in the run game but in the pass game," Patricia said about Shady. "He is a guy that they have a lot of confidence in out of the backfield and whether it's maybe just a simple play that's a screen or a play that's a check down or a play where they get the ball out in the flat to him quickly and now he in space. Those become right into his strong suit of being out in the open space, being able to make guys miss, being able to get explosive burst plays vertical into the defense quickly." Shady has had his best games against the Patriots since he joined the Bills.

They have to stop him in the passing game as well as the run game. "We have to be highly aware of those situations. This guy is a very dangerous player that at any point in time can take basically nothing and turn it into something huge," Patricia said. "So that's a big challenge, and that's in both the run and the passing game. You'll see him run both outside but also inside. He has great patience with the ball in his hands. He waits for those holes to open up or a defender maybe to just get out of his space just enough where then he can burst through there and turn a, like I said, little play into a big play. So it's a major problem." But those are the only two guys who really are scary on offense.

Benjamin can be deadly when he is healthy, and his hands are working. Charles Clay is a great receiving TE, but he is mostly in the short passing game. I loved Zay Jones in the Draft, but he has not found his NFL grove yet. And Jordan Mathews has looked worse every season he has played in the NFL. Those guys are mainly compliments to Tyrod and Shady. Stop those two and they glide to another easy victory.

6. O-line- The Bills finally completed the switch over to a Carolina Panther schemed 4-3 Defense. "There's definitely some similarities when we faced Sean [McDermott] in Carolina. and then obviously playing against Carolina this year. Sean's a tremendous coach," McDaniel said. "Leslie [Frazier DC], we've competed against Leslie also. This whole staff does a great job. They're very detailed, a disciplined group, they don't give up many big plays, force you to be disciplined and drive the ball a long way. You've got to have patience against them. They're not going to give it up in one play, and they turn the ball over as well as any team almost in the league." This is not the do or die Ryan defense.

I think they are more similar to the Pats bend but don't break defense, that makes offenses make the big mistake, than the Panthers-D. "I think they're the fifth- or sixth-ranked team in the league in turnovers, and we've seen all of them," McDaniel said. "So, they've made a lot of plays to take the ball away from the offense, and they play very well in the red area. So, challenging with blitz schemes, play different types of coverages, disguise well, everybody gets a chance to blitz on their defense. So you have to keep your eyes open at all times or they'll hurt you with some type of pressure." So while I question many of the decisions of their two top guys, their defense plays smart.

Their secondary is smart like the Patriots, and win with attrition and letting the offense make the mistakes. "And they really challenge you to be able to execute a high volume of plays per drive in order to move the ball down the field, convert 3rd downs and then ultimately finish in the red zone, where they're very good," McDaniels said. "So, big challenge. It's going to start with us taking care of the ball, which we didn't do very well the other day, and we need to shore that up and try to do a better job this week against a team that is very good at taking away the ball when you make a mistake on offense." Their new look defense is going to cause some problems for the Pats.

They have a smart defense that doesn't give up the big plays. "It shows up in many ways: the way they play, how hard they play and also just the scheme that they do," Gronk said. "You don’t know what they’re going to come with on the defensive side. You don’t know what they’re in. It can look like they’re in split-safety and then 'boom,' post snap it can turn into post-safety just as easy as that. You're not really sure. They’re good at disguising and to be good at disguising you’ve definitely got to be a smart football player." So the Pats have to be smart on offense as well.

Oh wait, we have Brady. And he is coming off one of his worst games of the season. It's never good for a defense to play the Pats after Brady has a bad game. Brady will dink and dunk, play action and go deep, or hand the ball off 50 times. He doesn't care. He will make the right decision when it matters to lead this team to victory. 

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Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

 

The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware suckers, or you will be subjugated:

 

Meanwhile! The (R)s have betrayed We The People, 

AGAIN

They are giving Billions to the 1%! 

While claiming it will create Jobs? 

NONSENSE!

TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY

NEVER HAVE AND NEVER

WILL CREATE JOBS 

FOR REAL AMERICANS!

And Hackers just busted all the giant Corporations

for taking all their PROFITS

AND HIDING TRILLIONS OVERSEAS!

THEY DID NOT SPEND A CENT ON NEW JOBS

& RAISES WITH THEIR BILLIONS IN PROFITS

THEY HID THEIR BILLIONS ILLEGALLY

 OVERSEAS FOR THEMSELVES! 

EVERY CEO ASKED ABOUT THIS 

FREE-MARKET FAIRY-DUST LIE

SAID THEY WILL GIVE ALL THE NEW PROFITS

TO THEMSELVES WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

THE PROBLEM WITH THE (R)s IS THAT THEY

BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC OF 

FREE-MARKET FAIRY-DUST

OVER REALITY. 

WHEN YOU LEGISLATE A SPRINKLING

OF FREE-MARKET FAIRY-DUST

YOU JUST MAKE THE RICH RICHER,

AND REAL AMERICANS POORER.

THAT IS WHAT THIS ENTIRE 

TAX-CUT BILL DOES, PERIOD!

THIS IS COLD EVIL FREE-MARKET

CLASS WARFARE THAT WILL DESTROY

OUR DEMOCRACY WITH A MASSIVE

THIEF OF WEALTHY FROM

REAL AMERICANS TO THE 1%!

STOP BELIEVING IN FREE MARKET MAGIC!!!

Weeee! I have some fairy dust, 

and a billionaire donor waving a magic wand.

NOW, MAGICALLY

 BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS

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ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID?

TO BELIEVE IN FREE-MARKET FAIRY-DUST?