Week 3 review: Don’t hang your heads

Is "Beast Mode" coming out of hybernation?

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t expect that performance out of the Bills. I’m never happy with a loss, but satisfied? Perhaps.

You didn’t really expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to beat the Patriots, did you? As far as losses go, that game was about as good as they’ll get. Like I said before, I don’t care what the score is. I just want to see improvement. C.J. Spiller had a much better game, and Lee Evans was at least involved in the offense. I still wouldn’t say the offensive line played good, but even that unit was better. That being said, the defense looked bad. Tom Brady usually carves up a defense like a Thanksgiving turkey, but come on. That was too easy. Other teams at least pressure Brady while he picks them apart. Any quarterback can find an open receiver when he has all day to throw, let alone Brady (see also, Brian Brohm, Louisville).

Think of it this way–if the Bills are playing almost any other team, any other quarterback, odds are they win the football game. The offense moved the football. We scored 30 points! When was the last time the Bills scored 30 and lost? I just checked. It was Sunday, Oct. 6 of 2002 (Week 5), a 49-31 loss at home versus Oakland. Drew Bledsoe threw for 413 yards, but it wasn’t enough to stop Rich Gannon and Jerry Rice, who improved to 4-0 on the year.

Don’t hang your head on this loss. That was some of the best football we’ve played in quite some time. I can honestly say I’m excited for next week, and you should be too.

Picks:

NEW ENGLAND (-14) over Buffalo
Pats 38-30. Loss

NY GIANTS (-3) over Tennessee  
Titans 29-10. Loss 

Cleveland (+10 1/2) over BALTIMORE
Baltimore 24-17. Win 

Pittsburgh (-2 1/2)  over TAMPA BAY
Steelers 38-13. Win

Cincinnati (-3) over CAROLINA (best bet)
Bengals 20-7. Win 

NEW ORLEANS (-4) over Atlanta
Falcons 27-24 (OT). Loss

KANSAS CITY (+2 1/2) over San Francisco
Chiefs 21-10. Win 

Detroit (+11) over MINNESOTA
Vikings 24-10. Loss 

HOUSTON (-3) over Dallas
Cowboys 27-13. Loss 

Washington (-3 1/2) over ST. LOUIS
Rams 30-16. Loss

JACKSONVILLE (+3) over Philadelphia
What was I thinking. Eagles 28-3. Loss

Indianapolis (-5 1/2) over DENVER
Colts 27-13. Win

San Diego over SEATTLE (+5 1/2)
Seahawks 27-20. Loss

ARIZONA (-4) over Oakland 
Cards 24-23. Loss

Jets (+2 1/2) over MIAMI
Jets 31-23. Win

Green Bay (-3) over CHICAGO
Bears, 20-17. Loss

6-10 week. Much like the Bills, that still isn’t good, but its an improvement. Just going to regroup and try again next week.

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