Filed under: Bills Obsession, Buffalo Bills | Tags: Bills dominance, Bobby April is a Genius, inferiority complex, Roscoe Parrish > Devin Hester
***UPDATES WITH HIGHLIGHTS AT THE BOTTOM, including Roscoe’s Run!***
The Bills are the mainstream media’s forgotten team, except when they win big like they did this past Sunday. But we all know a certain dumbass Jets QB also apparently had a good game, so there’s a lot of media fellatio happening on that front.
So as a public service, the Dukes of Awesome are making this your central source for all kinds of Bills talk from the national media, parsed of all the Favre porn and extraneous NFL chatter.
We start with a guy who until this week seems ignorant to all things Western New York, Peter King:
12. Buffalo (1-0). The three best games in the league Sunday were played by Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Chicago. The Bills were crafty (touchdown pass to a defensive end), cat-quick on a slippery turf (that Roscoe Parrish is a threat to take it for a touchdown every time he touches the ball) and mistake-free (no turnovers, one penalty) in routing Seattle.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Roscoe Parrish, PR, Buffalo. Said coach Dick Jauron: “When he touches the ball, there is a buzz in the stadium. They expect him to make a big play every time.” His 120 punt-return yards in the rout of Seattle was a club record, and his weaving, Usain Bolt-like 63-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the third of his brief NFL career.
Coach of the Week
Buffalo coach Dick Jauron. How can a coach have a team more ready to play than Jauron, particularly against a consistent division winner like Seattle? The Bills held the Seahawks to three of 16 third-down conversions, a measly 3.8 yards per play, and recorded five sacks with only one penalty and no turnovers. Pretty impressive, playing in midseason form in the first game of the season — and on a wet field.
Next up: Tim Graham at ESPN.com:
New kings of the AFC East: Buffalo Bills.
The Jets are right there, too, but the Bills distinguished themselves with a complete 34-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Bills also have Pro Bowl T Jason Peters returning to practice on Monday after a 43-day holdout.
Bills 34, Seahawks 10: It can be argued nobody had a better weekend than the Bills.
Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ended his 43-day holdout by reporting to the team on Saturday. Brady’s injury creates hope the AFC East title might actually be attainable. Then they put a thumping on the Seahawks, who were short-handed from injuries and suspensions yet still are considered one the NFC’s better clubs.
The Bills rolled with a balanced offensive attack, a defense that recorded five sacks and forced a pair of turnovers and touchdowns from their special teams on a Roscoe Parrish punt return and a fake field goal.
That was the sort of statement game the Bills’ needed.
Second-year QB Trent Edwards overcame his limited preseason action (four series over two exhibition games) and completed 19 of 30 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. RB Marshawn Lynch ran for 76 yards and a score. WR Lee Evans had 102 yards. TE Robert Royal had a team-high six catches and a TD.
What else could they have done besides post a shutout?
In a division in which the gap between No. 1 and No. 2 constricted appreciably, the Bills showed today they could be the new AFC East team to beat.
Next: Jay Clemons, SI.com:
Buffalo 34, Seattle 10: Hey, Lee Evans, congratulations on the second September 100-yard receiving game of your career. Keep this up … and those projections of 1,200 yards and 9 TDs could be met come Fantasy Playoff Time (Week 14).
That’s exactly the formula that I expect Buffalo to ride to victory this season: solid defense, a good running game, its usual standout special teams play and quality quarterback play from second-year veteran Trent Edwards. I’m surprised by the Bills’ 34-10 margin of victory over visiting Seattle, but not by the outcome. Dick Jauron‘s team, especially with Jason Peters back in the fold, isn’t going to go away this season.
On Roscoe Parrish:
Special teams: Roscoe Parrish‘s 63-yard punt return for a touchdown was historic. It made him the Bills’ all-time leader in career punt-return yardage, topping Jeff Burris’ total of 1,045 yards. The return also gave Buffalo a 14-0 lead over the Seahawks in the second quarter.
Parrish has plenty of competition for his return job. Terrence McGee and rookie Leodis McKelvin are both considered top return prospects. The Bills believe they have three of the best returners in the game. Parrish continues to set himself apart. Last year, he opened the season against the Broncos with a punt return for a touchdown.
On the Bills-Seahawks game overall:
• Buffalo 34, Seattle 10
Are the Bills for real? Are the Seahawks overrated? It’s too early to tell, but it’s probably safe to say Buffalo won’t be taken lightly from now on.
But not even Belichick could keep this one a secret. Without Brady, the AFC East becomes the football version of the National League West. Without Brady, the division dynamic changes immediately, with the Jets as the equal or favorite of the Patriots, and the Buffalo Bills — the guys who left hoof marks on Seattle at home Sunday — as a legitimate player in the equation.
8. Get used to seeing the Buffalo Bills returning punts and kickoffs for touchdowns. They’re so deep, they don’t even have rookie Leodis McKelvin returning kicks, and he was the best punt returner in this year’s draft.
14. Just a hunch: Matt Hasselbeck has more than just a sore back today. I can’t recall the last time I saw him hammered as badly or as frequently as he was by Buffalo. My only question: Why leave him in there in the fourth quarter?
• Who’s the biggest concern for New England? Buffalo, the Jets or Matt Cassel?
Things I Like:
1. Buffalo’s special teams. I count two touchdowns, including a 19-yard touchdown catch by the game’s new lonesome end, Ryan Denney. Bobby April, take a curtain call.
Things I don’t:
5. The advice Jason Peters got. Are you kidding me? A summer of sitting … for this?
Numbers, numbers, numbers
25 — Seconds needed to produce two Buffalo TDs
3-1 — NFC vs. AFC, with Buffalo preventing the sweep
And that’s what I got from the MSM for now – hit me up with links of more MSM Bills stuff (and I’m talking national, non-Buffalo-based) to let me know what I missed.
The Ryan Denney TD:
2 Comments so far
Leave a comment