At one point early in the second quarter of today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel had completed four passes to his own team. He'd also completed two to the Jaguars - one of which was returned for a touchdown - and lost a fumble that was also taken back into the end zone.
That short stretch of brutal football helped the Jaguars open up a 27-3 lead on the Bills at Wembley Stadium in London. Things settled down a bit from there, but although Manuel found Robert Woods on a perfectly-placed, 16-yard scoring play and the Bills rattled off 10 straight points to close the gap to 27-13 at halftime, that was a brutal half of football for Buffalo.
In fact, it's a testament to the quality of the opponent that the Bills are even within two scores of tying this game up. London has the pleasure of watching a game between two pretty bad teams today. That actually bodes well for the Bills, who desperately need a win before their bye week to stay in the mix in the AFC East.
Time will tell if a 14-point deficit is insurmountable for this talent-depleted Bills offense. Cross your fingers and toes that Manuel and company can pull it together in the second half. Let's go, Buffalo.