First, here's an update on a bit I had posted about Trent Edwards and the blitz on Saturday. Because Edwards was productive against the blitz I theorized that the Jets would blitz something less than 35%. They blitzed on 11 of 42 (26.2%) of pass plays. Edwards had 2 incompletions (1 drop, 1 throw away), 1 sack (-7 yards, lost fumble), and 8 completions on those plays. Edwards netted 122 yards, 5 first downs and 1 TD against the blitz. The Jets clearly watched how Edwards did against the blitz and instead dropped 7-8 guys into coverage almost three quarters of the time. To me it's particularly galling that the Bills gave up 4 sacks against 3 and 4 man rushes. Watching the game I thought Edwards had a really bad game. Some of his throws were just terrible, but, when I watched the tape I noticed that some of those bad throws were due to offensive linemen.
Speaking of those pesky linemen... here are my notes from the Jets game, after the jump.
The Jets started off with a blitz and almost got a sack. Shouman was beaten on the play which caused Edwards to check it down to Lynch for a mere 42 yard pick up. The play was meant to go deep, perhaps in an effort to get the Jets to back off in order to open up running lanes. The Jets didn't care and held Lynch to 1 yard on the first run of the game. Dock and
It was a mighty short drive. McIntyre completely missed the blitzing DB. The TV announcers didn't think he could have gotten there but it seems pretty clear that he could have. Edwards never had a chance. McIntyre killed the drive.
This looked like another mighty short drive when Lynch put the ball on the ground right off the bat. He did recover his own fumble.
It was a kneel down.
Pass 22 was a horrible INC to
Lynch (and his pink mouthpiece) took run 13 for 2 yards.
Pass 31 was a pretty throw and catch to Fine for 20 yards against a blitz. Lynch had another nice blitz pick up. Pass 32 went to Lynch for 5 yards. Pass 33 went to Royal for 21 yards. Pass 34 looked like an awful pass until I saw that
Pass 39 went to Royal for 20 yards. Pass 40 went to Evans for 16 yards. Pass 41 went to Evans for 4 yards. Pass 42 was an INT. Edwards put up a desperation jump ball to Hardy. Edwards killed the drive, though if I had a category for Having To Take Risks it would go there.
I saw a couple of positive developments:
- Edwards continues to be money against the blitz. When he’s not immediately blindsided by an untouched blitzer he gets the ball out quickly and to an open receiver. He completed right at 69% of his throws overall, many of which were against 7-8 guys in the secondary….so he can pick a defense apart if they lay back and make them pay if they bring the heat.
- The TEs combined for 9 receptions, 113 yards and 1 TD. That’s 12.6 yards per reception, meaning the TEs are actual weapons!
Prestonpositively sucks. No, it’s not really a positive development but it might bear fruit in the offseason. The coaching staff just can’t overlook the inept play the Bills have gotten at center. won’t abandon the run, even when it’s clearly going nowhere. Play action worked as late as drive 7 because the Jets know Jauron will stubbornly run the ball even if the Bills aren’t getting much out of it. Buffalo
The Bills ran 3 times for 11 yards (3.6 ypa) in the left C gap, 4 times for 6 yards (1.5 ypa) in the left B gap, 3 times for no yards (0.0 ypa) in the A gap, 2 times for 8 yards (4.0 ypa) in the right B gap and 4 times for 5 yards (1.3 ypa) in the right C gap. Yeah, it was ugly all the way around.
Peters had 36 good run plays (tied for tops in spite of missing time), 101 decent ones, 17 bad ones and 3 killed run plays. That grades out as 77.5%. He had 8 good pass plays, 201 decent ones, 12 bad ones and 8 killed plays. That grades out as 74.6%. He has been helped on 11 of 221 (5.0%) of pass plays and has given up 6 sacks. Peters has killed 6 drives.
Dock had 36 good run plays, 140 decent ones, 15 bad ones and 4 killed run plays. That grades out as 77.2%. He had 2 good pass plays, 250 decent ones, 12 bad ones and 3 killed plays. That grades out as 74.2%. He has given up 1 sack and has killed 2 drives.
Fowler had 15 good run play, 80 decent ones, 46 bad ones, and 6 killed run plays. That grades out as a dismal 70.6%. He had no good pass plays, 166 decent ones, 15 bad ones and 5 killed plays. That grades out as 73.4%. He has given up 2 sacks and has killed 6.5 drives.
Whittle had 4 good run plays, 34 decent ones, 3 bad ones and no killed run plays. That grades out as 75.5%. He had 1 good pass play, 65 decent ones, 5 bad ones and 3 killed pass plays. That grades out as 73.9%. He has given up 1 sack and killed 2.5 drives.
Chambers had 1 good run play, 35 decent ones, 2 bad ones and no killed plays. That grades out as 74.5%. He had 1 good pass plays, 43 decent ones, 1 bad ones and 1 killed plays. That grades out as 75%. He has given up 1 sack and has killed no drives.
Taken has a whole, the line has killed 25.5 of
16 sacks can be laid at the feet of one or more of the linemen, and 6 of them (37.5%) belong to Peters. Ugh. That’s just terrible. I suppose the silver lining is that he’s given up only 1 in the past 3 weeks. Perhaps he is indeed getting back to where he was last season, though he’d be foolish indeed to expect another paid trip to Hawaii.