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contrast of the Bills offense to the Pats, as they clunked and dunked
their way down the field, was never so obvious as the 1:27 stretch to end
the 1st Half and the start the 2nd. "The message was pretty obvious,
I think that for us to compete against a team like this, we got to improve
a hell of a lot and we know that," Rex said. "Backups have to
step up and know what they're doing, number one, would help, and that
comes down on us too as coaches. We got to make sure everybody's ready to
roll and eliminate the mistakes and the things that we can avoid. There's
going to be some combative penalties but some of the other ones we got to
do a much better job of. I thought that was in our past and clearly it's
not." The WR position looked like the worst in the NFL.
mean, their best offensive play may have been when the punter dribbled the
ball to himself on 4th and 13. Then took off and ran for 16-yards.
"I’d say there are a couple things involved, for. One that wasn’t
unexpected, we actually practiced that play last week in practice,"
BB said. "That honestly wasn’t, I don’t think, anybody was
surprised by what happened. I think just the particular call that we had
on and just the way the play unfolded led to a favorable play for them and
a bad play for us.
think it starts with coaching. We’ve got to do a better job of coaching
that play. We can’t let that happen. We can’t get the fourth-and-13
and not end up with the ball on the next play. It starts with me. We’ve
got to do a better job of coaching. We’ve got to take care of that and
we will. With the players, there’s always an awareness.
they can be put in a tough spot of trying to stop a guy from going
downfield and also having vision on the punter and the play so I think
that could be better. It could certainly be better coached, so it’s like
a combination of the two.
all honesty, there was some good fortune involved on that, again, the way
the way the play turned out. But again, that’s our fault. We created an
opportunity and they took advantage of it. That’s just not good enough
on our end. It’s really a combination. It should never happen, but it
happened and we’ve got to keep that from happening again."
was so angry at that play that he traded Jamie Collins for apparently a
wish for nothing. You cannot trade Compensatory Picks. And you certainly
cannot Trade Picks that you don't own. Compensatory picks are awarded after
the season. No team currently owns a Compensatory Pick, or has any legal
right to trade a wish. And now back to our regularly scheduled program...
and 10, and the Bills lined up for another ugly drive. "No, that
doesn't process or go through my mind," Taylor said about his lack of
weapons. "I'm confident in the guys we have out there. I gotta give
them chances to make plays and we gotta go out there and make plays. To be
on this team you understand it's for a reason so when you're out on the
field the other guys are definitely depending on you to make plays and
that's something we can be better at as far as going out there and making
plays." The Bills O was just so clunky and ugly, in stark contrast
the Pats who can score in a flash from anywhere.
the Bills have to bump and grind downfield with mis-throws, flags, and
misconceptions. "Yeah, we definitely gotta clean up in a lot of
areas," Taylor said. "Be the team that we want to be and reach
the potential that we know that we have. We definitely have to play
smarter and it all comes down to us executing and us cleaning up the
penalties as well." I'm guessing they are already thinking about WRs
in the Draft.
finally essentially run out the clock attempting a field goal, which he
doinked off the Post. I mean, they just can't comeback with this offense
being decimated on every series by injuries.
the Pats got the ball back with a pathetic 27-seconds left on the clock,
and got into position to kick the field goal, with great precision and
cool headed calm. And alls Sexy Rexy can do is call a pathetic Timeout to
keep the Half going. But Gostkowski kicked a beautiful hook-shot that the
vicious wind carried ever so sweetly between the uprights.
Pats got the ball back to start the 2nd Half. "We had good blocking
on the return," BB said. "Danny did a good job of setting up the
blocks. We had two double-team blocks on the play and both of those
doubles were very good." He caught the ball at the 3 and half, and
bobbled it a little.
he bolted forward following Slater, between blocks by Richards and
Develin. "We got the three and the four both kind of moved out of
there so there was quite a bit of space," BB said. "[We] did a
good job on the kickoff blocks. Mingo and Chung had big blocks on the
backside to get Danny through, and Danny did a nice job of running."
He barely slashed past Powell and McCray, and hopped past a double team
blocks by Bolden and Ebner.
then made the move of the return. "[He] broke a couple tackles, beat
the kicker," BB said. "There was a little traffic there where he
couldn’t really just get through clean at the end." He cut back and
broke the kickers ankle. The kicker then fell down and tripped Meeks.
Which allowed Amendola to spin out of his tackle.
he bobbed and weaved past Robey. "I think they got him on like the
20-yard line," BB said. "But again, a well-executed play. I
think we’ve had several of those set up, not several, but we’ve had a
few of those set up that looked like they would be pretty good, but we
didn’t get a chance to return them because they were touchbacks against
teams like Pittsburgh that touchback a lot. I thought we might have a
chance to get started and I think the players really worked hard and felt
like this week with [Dan] Carpenter that we would have a better chance to
actually get a chance to return the ball and bring it out, which we did.
They did an excellent job of blocking, and as I said, Danny set those
blocks up well and then did a good job of finishing the run." They
spotted the ball at the 25.
play just devastated the Bills. "Huge play," BB said. "Good
blocking. Got him up to about the 30-40 yard line. He broke a couple
tackles and Danny has just been clutch for us. Ever since he got here,
he's made big plays in big games. Punt returns, kick returns, blocks. He
does whatever you ask him to do. Really unselfish player.
was a huge play for us. You know we kicked a field goal at the end of the
first half and then that gave us a chance to kind of stretch it out
without letting them get possession of the ball. So that was a huge play
for us. But, you know, good job by our kickoff return team creating the
opportunity for him to get started and make a play there." Amendola
completely changed the game in more ways than one.
took exactly one-minute for Edelman to dive the ball over the goal line to
go up 31-10, and the contrasts in offenses was just too powerful for the
Bills to come close to overcoming.
caught the ball in the Flat, and turned up field, as Amendola cut-blocked
the LB McCray at the 23 to give him a lane to the endzone.
"Unbelievable block," Edelman said. "Dola made a great
block after an insane third. To see your teammates go out there and put
forth that kind of effort on a play, that's Dola. He's a great teammate, a
great player and I'm happy to get to play with that little guy." The
Bills just don't have the offense to get over that deficit.
Bills had that shocked look on all their faces like they just got sucker
punched in the face and don't know what happened. It was a game halfway
through the 2nd Quarter, and now the game was over exactly one-minute into
Bills were just never able to recover from the infamous BB double halftime
score. "Yeah, that was a huge play in the game that kickoff
return," Brady said. "That set us up for the whole second half.
There was a big swing there because they missed the field goal. We go
down, and get the three. We get the ball to start [the 3rd]. Danny returns
it. It's a 10-point swing. Probably a 13-point swing, and that was
huge." That closed the coffin.
the Bills slammed on the lid a little, because it was Halloween Eve.
"That kickoff return meant a lot," Gronk said. "I mean, it
changes the momentum right away in the second half just like that. Just
getting the kickoff return and bringing it to what, the 25 he brought it
to? It was just awesome. We had great blocking, saw a lot of great
blocking. Amendola just had a great run." But that was Game. Set.
Match. Pats-31. Bills-10. Over-Officiousness-5.
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