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Posts Tagged ‘Buffalo Bills’

C.J. Spiller Has Some Wheels

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Sure, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Patriots yesterday, 38-30, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort — or an explosive run-back from rookie C.J. Spiller. Yes, a loss is a loss, be it by eight points or a 1000, but unlike the Kentucky Wildcats against the superior Florida Gators, the Bills, well, tried, even though they were going against a better team most folks expected them to get smashed by.

Hell, the Bills scored more points than the 2-1 Bengals did against the Patriots, and Spiller’s two touchdowns, one courtesy of the aforementioned 95-yard return, played a big part in that.

C.J. Spiller Looks Ready For The Season

C.J. Spiller

In just about every NFL season, there’s a rookie who comes in and makes the league take notice. Names like Randy Moss, Ben Roethlisberger, Terrell Suggs, Calvin Johnson, Jerod Mayo, and Matt Ryan immediately come to mind. Thanks to a nifty little run from Buffalo Bills rookie, C.J. Spiller, we now have a strong nominee for the 2010 season. Spiller showed why he’s bubbling over with break-out potential against the Indianapolis Colts, when he unleashed a 31-yard touchdown run, one that carved up the Colts’ d-line and the supporting cast behind them.

Spiller’s run demonstrated his superior balance, his ability to change direction on a dime, and simply-put, his ability to make defenders miss. The result: Touchdown Buffalo, which undoubtedly rang like sweet music to the ears of Bills fans. It looked pretty sweet, too:

The question I have is, do the Bills have enough additional talent around Spiller, which would prevent opposing defenses from loading the box, with ideas of taking away the running game? That remains to be seen, but Trent Edwards didn’t look bad at all either. Of course, Edwards’ (and Spiller’s) performances could very easily be chalked up to “It’s only preseason,” especially with Edwards.

Nevertheless, the ability and potential Spiller showed on his touchdown run should give Bills fans plenty to salivate about, at least until the season starts. Then they can worry about the rest of the talent surrounding him.

Terrell Owens Still Wants to Help Dallas

T.O.’s toe is feeling better, but because he’ll be missing the Buffalo Bills preseason game against Pittsburgh, he’s offering his services to his old team, via Twitter, of course. Now, while I’m sure the sentiment about filling for Roy Williams is appreciated, you have to believe if Tony Romo saw this, his first reaction would be involuntary regurgitation, followed by him blaming Jessica Simpson for everything.

The Fake Punt Heard Around The World

And with that, the NFL is pretty much back. I say “pretty much” because it’s still preseason, but when videos of fake punts for touchdowns comprise the majority of the “welcome back from the weekend” posts for lots of blogs, it’s a good indicator football is now here. If you want some particulars about the play, we’ve got them, too.

Tennessee Titans rookie A.J. Trapasso, making his first appearance in an NFL game, pulled a hide-the-ball fake punt, and took the resulting defensive misdirection as an opportunity to score a 40-yard touchdown. And he did.

A Vince Young sighting after the jump >>

TO Wants Vick. Mike Vick.

Terrell “I Eat Quarterbacks” Owens wants Mike Vick in Buffalo. I mean, not much else explains his newfound interest in the ostracized Vick. He’s doing interviews and sending out Tweets explaining his position — that is, Vick has been punished enough and suspending him for the beginning of the season is only overkill. While it’s all well and good to see folks stand up for one another, even if the message is misguided, is TO’s outspokenness anything other than a cry for Buffalo Bills management to bring Vick into the fold?

Apparently, the honeymoon with Trent Edwards lasted all of one training camp session.

Rian Lindell Channeling Scott Norwood

Jim Kelly
I’ve seen this BS before and I don’t like it

Drudging up old memories isn’t always your best policy, especially if said memories are unpleasant. Jim Kelly knows. And after last night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo place-kicker Rian Lindell knows too. WIDE RIGHT — as if Buffalo fans haven’t heard that before:

Adding insult to wide-right kicks is the fact Phil Dawson had just hit a 56-yarder for Cleveland to give them the lead. Lindell’s miss was from 47 yards. Scott Norwood aside, it’s pretty apparent the Bills are just about done in regards to playoffs and challenging for their division. After starting the season 4-1, the Bills are now 5-5 — 0-3 against their AFC East opponents.

As for the Browns, although he missed on 22 passes, Brady Quinn did get his first NFL win. While his accuracy wasn’t top-notch — 14-36 — Quinn didn’t throw any interceptions or make any major mistakes to hurt the team. Does this mean we’ve seen the last of Derek Anderson for Cleveland? Or will he accept being Quinn’s back up?

Considering the competitive nature of the sport, it wouldn’t be surprising if Anderson asked to be released or traded by the Browns in the upcoming offseason.

NFL Preview – A Quick Look At The AFC East

Bill Belichick

Welcome to the first annual NFL Preview. In this little segment, I do what the title infers — that is, preview each conference in the NFL. Just because, I am starting with the AFC East and working my through to the NFC West.

These previews will feature the teams in the order I expect them to finish in along with a brief outlook and a spotlight on the franchise’s hottest cheerleader. You know, the important stuff.

With that, let us begin the build up to the NFL, starting with the team that got really, really close to perfection last season:

New England Patriots

Tom Brady

It’s going to be really hard for the Patriots to improve upon last season’s regular season perfection and it’s unreasonable to think they can duplicate this feat. However, the Patriots offense — as long as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss are healthy — is as potent as any in the league. During last season’s eye-popping run, the Patriots scored a total of 75 touchdowns to their opponents 34.

If Kool-Aid man Laurence Maroney can provide a consistent running game that improves over last year’s 835 yards to take some of the pressure off of Brady, the offense will continue to smoke unprepared foes.

The defensive side of the ball, however, still remains suspect. There is talent with Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison and company, but they are one year older. For a defense that started to show its age late last season, there are areas of concern. Are the linebackers too old? Can they recover from the loss of Asante Samuel?

All things considered, the Patriots have a pretty easy schedule and because of that, they will be in a position to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLIII. Expect the Pats to finish 13-3 and to win the AFC East.

Hottest Patriots Cheerleader
Lots of choices here, but for my money, it’s the rookie Asia that really stands out.


Although, Bill Belichick’s cougar comes in a close second.

Read the rest of the AFC East preview >>