ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 27:Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills calls signals behind Eric Wood #70 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
If you recall, early this past week we wrote about the pre-season struggles of Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. In losses to Chicago and Denver, Fitzpatrick had completed just 13-of-25 passes for 88 yards, with one interception. His six offensive drives had yielded six points.
That all changed Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, when Fitzpatrick was an entirely different quarterback. In four drives, the Bills put up 17 points on the Jaguars' first-team defense, with Fitzpatrick completing 11-of-12 passes for 165 yards and two scores. He had a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating through a half of play.
Fitzpatrick was decisive. Aside from his lone incompletion (which was still a pretty good - if risky - throw), Fitzpatrick was spot on with his accuracy and ball placement, areas in which he is notoriously inconsistent. Buffalo's offense was close to perfect on the night. What you saw last night (or will see on tape delay tonight) is Fitzpatrick operating this offense to its fullest potential.
All told now, Fitzpatrick has completed 24-of-37 passes for 253 yards, with two touchdowns, one pick and a quarterback rating of 91.4 this pre-season. I think most Bills fans would accept a season's worth of that level of play from Fitzpatrick.