Buffalo Bills drop tight contest at Seattle on Monday night
Playing in what was seen as a must-win game by the media, fans, and team, the Buffalo Bills just could not find a way to keep up with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Involved in a first half shootout, the Bills managed to close the gap but could not find a way to bridge it completely as they dropped the contest by a final score of 31-25.
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Late in the game, with the clock winding down, the Bills were in a position to potentially take the late lead. Down inside the redzone without any timeouts, Buffalo was given it’s shot. However, some poor play calling early as well as a third down sack cracked the Bills resolve. On fourth down, an incomplete pass ended their shot at the W and put them in a place where the chances of a playoff appearance is quickly beginning to fade.
The Bills started out the game like a house on fire and was much more offensively competent than many expected them even with LeSean McCoy. Scoring 14-points in the opening quarter, it looked like the Bills were firmly in control especially after their opening punt block that set them up inside the Seahawks five.
Unfortunately for the Bills, that offensive output evaporated following the team’s second touchdown. Struggling to move the ball and protect the quarterback, even the Bills stellar rushing attack had issues at times with the penetration from the Seahawks defense. With all of these problems, it is no wonder why the Bills entered halftime down 28-17.
The issues on defense were again pass related. Stephon Gilmore, Ronald Darby and others all struggled to stop the Seahawks pass game during the contest. Multiple pass interference and holding calls resulted in first downs for Seattle, leading to more and more problems for the Buffalo Bills. At one point in the contest, Darby was even pulled due to his defensive issues throughout.
Unless these things change during the bye week, the Buffalo Bills will have no shot at making the playoffs this season. For Rex Ryan, the pressure will quickly return without improvement in the pass defense. These next weeks will be huge for the team and will likely factor into the direction it takes next season.
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