Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 10/9/11
There were approximately 70,000 people at Orchard Park Stadium on Sunday for the Buffalo Bills-Philadelphia Eagles games and 69,999 were anticipating that Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would be trying to get the Eagles to jump offsides on fourth-and-inches with 1:23 left in the game. Philadelphia defensive lineman Juqua Parker was the only one in the dark. Baiting defenders offsides with a hard count works about as often as those crazy lateral plays at the end of games. When it does, it's a living tribute to a lack of discipline, ignorance of game situations and a total absence of good sense: You know it's bad when Andy Reid is baffled by the foolishness of a late-game maneuver. We exaggerate a little, of course; Parker obviously knew Fitzpatrick's intent was to bait Philly into a penalty with the hard count but he couldn't control his reflexes enough to prevent himself from falling into the trap. Buffalo appeared to have little intention of snapping the ball and likely would ...
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