After the first preseason game of the 2012-2013 season, the Buffalo Bills showed us one thing: They’re not ready yet. Not even close.
In the opening loss to the Redskins, the Bills had 14 penalties for 134 yards. The funny thing is that if Ryan Lindell didn’t miss a 22-yard field goal, the Bills would’ve won the game. You can try and argue by saying, “Big deal, it was the first preseason game.” Well, let me show you why you’d be wrong.
The game started off on a positive note for the Bills when George Wilson recovered a Redskins fumble at the Washington 21 yard line. Gailey wanted Fitzpatrick to run a no-huddle offense, and that game plan didn’t go so smoothly.
Fitz had his first pass to Donald Jones tipped, but then hit Jones on another attempt to get to the Redskins 15 yard line. Then the penalty train started up. Scott Chandler called for a false start. Fitz responded with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson. But, no. C.J. Spiller was called for an illegal formation. The next play, Fitzpatrick under throws Spiller which results in a four yard loss, and then Lindell is called in for a field goal. Those names I just listed aren’t rookies. Those are your starters.
The defense didn’t look as good as they do on paper, giving up a touchdown drive of 80 yards in just eight plays. That drive led by, second overall pick Robert Griffin III. That can’t happen. Not to the first team defense.
Former Penn State grad, Even Royster was the one who fumbled the ball to Wilson, but came back with a vengeance. That vengeance was pointed right at Arthur Moats who has been winning the middle linebacker position at camp. Gailey might have to reconsider that starting spot after Royster ran right at Moats three straight times, winning all three battles. Royster gained three, 12, and five yards on those three carries. Griffin III would cap off the drive with a 20 yards TD pass to Pierre Garćon.
Griffin went 4-for-6 for 70 yards while Fitzpatrick went 6-for-14 resulting in 61 yards.
Fitz threw the ball every play the first team offense was on the field. His best pass was a 26 yard reception by Scott Chandler. It was a pretty pass right over the head of former Bill, London Fletcher. Gailey admitted to not really having a game plan. Gailey said that the combination of the ‘Skins defense, and not having a game plan is what dictated the play selection.