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Buffalo Bills couldn’t overcome seven sacks against the New York Jets

Sacks stalled the offense

NFL: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills laid a big ole dud on the field last Thursday night against the New York Jets. The effort and results did not match what Bills fans have come to expect from the Sean McDermott, process-trusting Buffalo Bills. There are plenty of places to point fingers, but my main scapegoat is the offensive line. They gave up a season high 7 sacks for a loss of 41 total yards -- which doomed the offense, no matter how bad the defense played.

Since 2000, there have been 178 games where one team has sacked the other at least 7 times. In those 178 games, teams are 23-154, which adds up to a 0.132 winning percentage. The Bills have contributed seven games to those 178 and have not won any one of them. The last time they were able to win a game like that was another primetime game at the Meadowlands. This one was an overtime victory over the New York Giants on September 1st, 1996.

Some will blame Taylor, some will blame the defense, some will blame the short week. All of those deserve some percentage of the overall blame, but to me the main culprit is the Buffalo Bills offensive line. We can argue until we’re blue in the face over whether Tyrod Taylor is a good quarterback, but we all can agree that no quarterback will be successful when they’re lying on their back.