It’s Just Preseason, Right?
It’s only the preseason and the games don’t count, but the Bills play Saturday has made us a little worried. Is this the same team we’ll see come September?
Saturday night, the Bills lost in convincing fashion 24-10 to the Denver Broncos. Starting receiver Donald Jones was knocked out of the game with a head injury in what was an all around dismal game for both the offense and defense. Ryan “Fitzmagic” wasn’t very magical at all, completing only 6 of 16 passes and one interception. The receiving core post-Lee Evans looked over matched by the Broncos secondary. One of the few bright spots for the Bills was their running game; Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller both looked good, but were unable to produce points for the starting unit.
Last week, the defense recorded 10 sacks against Chicago. This week without Shawne Merriman, they struggled to create any pressure at all. The starting unit gave up two early touchdowns to a Broncos offense with low expectations for the season. The lack of a run defense was hauntingly familiar to last season when the Bills finished last in the league in that category.
How much does preseason success correlate with regular season success? Well, not much actually. Last year, the Indianapolis Colts finished 0-4 in the preseason on their way to a 10-6 regular season finish. Then again, they do have Peyton Manning. Either way, the Bills need to use the final two preseason weeks to polish their game. Another losing season would only spell disaster for the owner, coaching staff, and players.
Check out highlights from Saturday’s game: