Orchard Park (WKBW.com) Well that got ugly in a hurry. Hard to believe that at one point here today the Bills had a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. Hard to believe the Bills are now 2-12 in the AFC East under Head Coach Chan Gailey.
Reaction in the post game locker room after the 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots ranged from embarrassment to anger. I thought Kyle Williams summed it up pretty well "The only reaction I have is that was pathetic in the second half". Yep.
Donald Jones gave the Bills a 21-7 lead on a 68 yard touchdown catch and run with 11:18 in the third quarter. From that point forward it was all New England.
The Patriots scored touchdowns on their next six possessions, and outscored the Bills 45-7 the rest of the way. 45 to 7! The Patriots finished with 580 yards of offense. That's the second most the Bills have ever given up.
Tom Brady had 340 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score, but the New England running backs also did more then their share of damage. The Patriots rushed for 247 yards and averaged 6.2 yards a carry against the Bills. Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden both eclipsed the century mark.
This in a game that Bills players said they needed to win. A division game. At home. Instead the defense was run off the field in the second half.
"The most discouraging thing about it is that they literally ran three running plays. They ran the same thing over and over and over", said Kyle Williams.
"To be honest with you, they whipped us. Bottom line they whipped us.", said Head Coach Chan Gailey. "They blocked us, we did not get off blocks and get to the ball.", continued Gailey.
The Bills couldn't stop the run. And offensively they could never establish their own ground game.
Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both returned from injury, both were held in check. Jackson finished with 29 yards on 13 carries. Spiller with 33 yards on 8 carries. Both also fumbled in the loss. Spillers took away a scoring opportunity when he fumbled at the goal line late in the first half. "That was crucial. That was the turning point of the game.", said Spiller. "That is totally on me, nobody else but me" he continued. Spiller admitted he wasn't 100 percent on Sunday, but good enough to play.
The Bills finished with six turnovers on the day. Including four interceptions for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick finished with 350 yards passing, four touchdowns and four picks.
"Obviously it showed us that we are not there yet", said Fitzpatrick. If you look at the turnovers obviously we had a few late there that made it really lopsided" Fitzpatrick continued. "That was really embracing. We have got a lot of pride in this locker room and right now we have our tails between our legs in terms of we got our butts kicked… it is just hard with this being the second division game that we have not come out and played well"
The Bills dropped to 2-and-2 with the loss, but it's an ugly 2-and-2. The Bills have given up a combined 100 points in their first two division games of the year. Next up a trip to San Francisco to play a 49ers team that just blanked the New York Jets 34-0 on Sunday. The Jets hung 48 on the Bills in Week 1. Westward Ho.