ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 27: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills produced 252 yards and 17 points in four offensive possessions. Ryan Fitzpatrick was masterful at quarterback, putting up a perfect quarterback rating while completing 11-of-12 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. It was a clear breathe-a-sigh-of-relief performance for both Fitzpatrick and his troops, no matter how much skepticism still exists, after two lackluster pre-season efforts.
Color Sports Illustrated's Peter King impressed, as well. Fitzpatrick made King's "Stat Lines of the Weekend" list in his weekly MMQB column, and he had more kind words - we think - for Buffalo's starting quarterback.
"On his first three drives, Fitzpatrick, against one of the best defenses Jack Del Rio has fielded in Jacksonville, drove the Bills 74, 82 and 52 yards to a field goal, touchdown and touchdown," writes King. "Keep thinking of him as roster marginalia. Go ahead. He's not."
We know King is being complimentary; it's just not clear exactly how complimentary he's being (or if he's aware that the Jags played without their best pass rusher). After two weeks of downtrodden Bills discussions, however, we'll take anything we can get. Hey! Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't stink!