Because of the blackout and the need to do laundry I was only able to catch the final 10 minutes of Sunday’s game, but after a long week I have all the information I need on the game to piece together the Blue Zone.
Here are my thoughts from the game: Buffalo won’t quit, Arthur Moats keeps making plays, Jake Delhomme is terrible, Dick Jauron has left the building and the offensive line rebounded nicely.
I continue to be impressed by the amount of the fight the Bills show every game. A week after getting its teeth kicked in, Buffalo came back and punched the Browns. The Bills embraced the bad weather and played smash mouth, possession football.
With Cleveland needing a score late in the game, Moats went around All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas and stripped Delhomme to give Buffalo the ball. He finished the game with a total of four tackles and he finally looks to be getting comfortable at outside linebacker. It’s looking like the Bills might have found another late round star in Moats. Oh and its official, Moats’ hit on Brett Favre last week ended his consecutive games played streak at 297.
What happened to Jake Delhomme? Here’s his stat line from Sunday: 12-for-20, 86 yards and one ugly interception. Two years ago he was the steady leader of the Carolina Panthers and now he looks like he belongs at McDonalds. It’s sad to see a solid veteran like Delhomme fizzle out like this, but he has to be thinking about hanging it up.
What’s that I saw? The Bills know how to make adjustments during a game. Under Jauron, Buffalo would stick to its game plan and hope for the best, but not under Gailey. This is one thing that has been apparent all season and Sunday provided even more evidence of it.
After suffering a few injuries against Minnesota, the offensive line looked as good as new against Cleveland. Eric Wood came back into the lineup and made a seamless transition to center and Chad Rinehart showed some of the promise that made him a third round pick for Washington.
Here’s hoping to a strong a finish for the Bills!