- Nov 5, 2000
The offense (which is awful) is worse than the defense (merely below-average) this year. But the offense is not making the defense look worse by TOP ... it's actually doing an admirable job holding the ball. It just can't generate explosive plays to save its life, so it doesn't put points on the board.Yeah, but you were beating this same drum when the team was winning SBs. You've never been much of a fan of this defense. It certainly hasnt been good down the stretch, but when a team goes several games without being able to find the endzone, I'd argue that should be at the forefront of focus. Maybe those stats arent telling the full truth of what's playing out on the field.
The defense gave up a 6+ - minute drive to START the game, when it was completely fresh. The Pats went three-and-out, and the Bills put together another 5+ - minute drive, resulting in a TD (in there a ST foible, too; they were also awful last night). Then the Pats held the ball for 4+ minutes in a TD drive (that should have tied the game). Did this breather help the D? It did not, immediately another 5+ minute TD drive. Three drives in and the Bills already had 16 1/2 minutes of possession.I’m not making excuses for the defense. I’m saying there are contributing factors to the loss. A big reason the Bills were able to run up the score on us is because we couldn’t put together any semblance of an offense and therefore kept giving them the hall. Yes, of course the defense plays a role in that too. That was my point.
The Bills put up 38 points last night on 7 real possessions (not counting end-of-half kneeldown) when Josh Allen was in there. It was the team's worst defensive performance by Expected Points Added (-26). The JETS defense has not played a game that bad all season.