Originally written on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 11/4/14
The Bills at 3-3 aren’t the same as the Patriots at 3-3. In fact, it is hard to believe that the Bills have arrived at the same record as the team that rolled them only two weeks ago. However, sports are more about the destination, not the journey. So far the destination for the Bills is the exact same as a number of teams who, on paper, would likely be considered vastly superior. Yet, the Bills head into their final game before the bye against a beatable opponent and the opportunity to climb back above .500. Tennessee is a team that has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, but they certainly are a good matchup for the Bills. Considering the Bills nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Arizona, there will still need to be a few improvements made in order to beat the Titans. Run, run and run some more – The run game is clearly the strength of the offense. Not only has the line proven capable of holding up well without two starters, they’re still capable of road grading for the Bills’ two backs. CJ Spiller’s draft position is really becoming quite clear as he picks up more and more chunk yardage on a weekly basis and may just be establishing himself as the primary option in the Bills backfield. Fred Jackson is equally effective, picking up just over 50 yards on Sunday in roughly half the time a typical starter would get. So he is still a fine option for the Bills on the ground. The apparent issue is that Chan Gailey is still somewhat committed to throwing the football. A perfect example of that being his play calling in overtime. Given the culture of the NFL, the Bills cannot ignore the passing game. However, they can certainly allow the run to dictate the pass. That is something they haven’t done yet. Corner Support – It may not have been blatantly obvious during the game, but it appeared as if Aaron Williams was taken off the field by the coaching staff when the game got tight. Williams hasn’t proven much of anything this season as he has been torched at least once a week for a deep ball. Williams’ biggest issue is that his makeup speed is sacrificed since he can turn his hips well to run with receivers. While Stephon Gilmore seems to be progressing with his abilities, Williams has been relatively stagnant and ineffective at times. Ron Brooks is on his way back from his foot surgery, but he won’t be able to be counted upon for at least a few weeks after his return to the lineup. In the meantime the only options outside of Williams are a one-legged Terrence Mcgee and the always enigmatic Ledois McKelvin. Can the Bills survive this week with Williams as their starter? Probably. But heading into their matchup with Houston and their trip to New England, things will need to change. #FitzNoodle – Ryan Fitzpatrick just hasn’t been what the Bills need him to be this year. Well, he’s been about on par with the type of quarterback he’s been for a long time. It just so happens that isn’t the quarterback the Bills need. The 2011 version of Fitzpatrick was lights out for six weeks and then lights off for the next nine, or so. The chunks of good play last year have been substituted with streaks of good and bad within individual games this season. A safe bet would be that some of the blame can be placed on the new mechanics he was shown this offseason. More blame can be placed on opposing coaches having tape on him and knowing to sit on outside routes and feasting on weakly thrown passes. For the Bills to succeed, the passing game needs to be a realistic threat. Stevie Johnson has proven to be an impressive commodity and has been difficult to cover. However, his quarterback can’t get him the ball in situations to score points. Finding a way to tweak the offense  a bit more in Fitz’s favor (in terms of playcalling) should not only put him in better situations to find open receivers, but would also give Gailey the opportunity to feature his team as more of a run-first bunch.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

Rex Ryan praises Patriots, calls Deflategate 'unfortunate'

Brady hopes Peyton Manning comes back next season

Report: Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls 'beyond repair'

Joe Montana pins blame for Deflategate on Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

Blandino: Deflategate no sting; PSI in footballs not logged in

Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found on bullet casing, joint near body

Thomas upset he was tested for PEDs over health statement

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

NFL to assist Seahawks in ID'ing Pats' ineligible receiver sets

Devon and Leah Still write a book for kids fighting cancer

Five potential heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Timberwolves throw shade at Kevin Love in promo

Tom Izzo: 'The Twitter' may have affected team's confidence

Measles outbreak hits Arizona days before Super Bowl

Proposed pace-of-play rule changes, by the numbers

Super Bowl XLIX should smash TV viewership record yet again

NFL, officials, Carroll disagree on ineligible player rules

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting baby any day

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential Super Bowl XLIX heroes

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

The worst Super Bowl commercials of all-time

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.