Found December 01, 2012 on
Queen City Sports:
Mike Bundt: Unfortunately, we return this week a little later than normal. Some difficulties prevented us from getting up by Wednesday but we’re up now so everything is okay.
Let’s get into business. The Bills lost a hard-fought game to the Colts on Sunday to fall to 4-7 overall but host the struggling Jaguars this weekend at home.
With the loss last week, are the Bills Wild Card hopes officially over?
Ryan Talbot: D-O-N-E. The Bills will not be making the playoffs again and the longest current post-season drought in the NFL will continue.
Brandon Hess: Realistically yes. Should they win out they will more than likely be in position for a wildcard, but I’ve seen nothing to this point that indicates to me that this team is even remotely capable of winning 5 straight games.
Mike Bundt: Obviously this season has been a disappointment for the Bills, there’s no other way to put it. Should Chan Gailey be on the hot seat?
Ryan Talbot: His seat should be on fire by this point. He’s in over his head. It’s time to can Chan.
Brandon Hess: I believe so. Several of the Bills losses this season can be attributed to the coaching staff being thoroughly outperformed by the opposition’s coaches, particularly the first New England game, and the season opener against the Jets. Chan hasn’t shown an ability to craft his offensive philosophy around the talent that he has in Buffalo, but rather he keeps trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with this group.
Mike Bundt: Mario Williams and the Bills defense have stepped up recently, is this finally the Bills defense that we had all expected before the year began?
Ryan Talbot: It’s at least the defensive line we expected. That said, the last two weeks the defense has held the Dolphins and Colts to 20 total points. They have 7 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 FF, and a FR. The defense is stepping up their game. I hate to point this out, but there is a certain cornerback currently missing and the Bills haven’t given up any big plays in this time.
Brandon Hess: On first and second down it is, but boy is this a dreadful third down defense. The Bills are dead last in the NFL on 3rd down with their opponents averaging a 46.4% conversion rate. Until the defense can get off the field on third down I can’t say that they’ve made any strides.
Mike Bundt: The Bills are playing Jacksonville on Sunday, they have to win, right?
Ryan Talbot: Not necessarily. Chad Henne is 2-2 against the Bills in his career. He’s beaten them before and he has some rapport with Justin Blackmon. The Bills have more talent so I’d like to think they’d win, but nothing they do anymore surprises me.
Brandon Hess: If you believe they still have a playoff spot on the line, which I do not, than yes. However it’s the NFL, you take the schedule week to week, and right now, despite previous disappointments, this is the biggest game of the year for the Bills.
Mike Bundt: Without MJD, the Bills will defeat the Jags as long as they _________________.
Ryan Talbot: Can score more than 10 points.
Brandon Hess: Run the ball down the Jaguars throats. The Jags have given up the third most rushing yards in the NFL, and have surrendered 14 tds on the ground in 11 games. The Bills are one of only 2 teams to fare worse than Jacksonville in both of those categories. Buffalo has to establish the ground game early and often, and take advantage of a weak Jacksonville rushing attack on defense.
Mike Bundt: Well, that does it for another edition of the QCS Buffalo Water Cooler. Hopefully the Bills find their winning ways this weekend at home vs. Jacksonville. Until then, make sure to check out queencitysports.net for your latest Buffalo sports news. See you all next week!
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