Week Two Buffalo Bills Position Grades
The Buffalo Bills pulled a one hundred and eighty degree turn today and blew out the Kansas City Chiefs 35-17, even though it was more like 35-3, since fourteen points that the Chiefs scored were in what’s called garbage time. The grades will be radically different than week one. Once again I will grade using A-F with the exception of A+, unless the player breaks some kind of single game record, or at least comes close.
Quarterback: C+, Ryan Fitzpatrick played the prototypical “Game Manager” game, he threw for two touchdowns. While he didn’t totally win the game for the Bills, he didn’t lose it either. Ryan though was short on a few passes to the ire some fans.
Running Backs: A, C. J. Spiller had another amazing game, amassing 123 yards on the ground on fifteen carries and had two touchdowns as well as three catches for 47 yards. He is the current leader in the NFL for rushing yards and is on pace for a season record of 2336 rushing yards.
Wide Receivers: B, it was just a simply average day for the Bills wide receivers and tight ends with no one getting more than three catches, however Stevie Johnson had 56 yards receiving and tight end Scott Chandler, had two catches as well for 53 yards as well.
Offensive Line: A, The line has looked phenomenal to say the least. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t sacked again in a second consecutive game. Additionally, rookie left tackle, Buffalo Bills Cordy Glenn was busting up holes wide for C.J. Spiller left and right.
Defensive Line: B+, They got a combined four sacks including two by Kyle Williams, one by Marcell Dareus, and one by Alex Carrington, and Alex even forced a fumble which Mario Williams recovered. Up until garbage time, they only allowed just over three yards per carry against the run, which is impressive considering the last few years of Buffalo Bills run defenses that were seemingly pathetic at best.
Linebackers: B, They assisted the star-studded defensive line in shutting down the run and Bryan Scott recovered a clutch Peyton Hillis fumble in the endzone to prevent a score.
Secondary, C+ They were playing fairly well until the Bills got up 32 and began to coast, and players like Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams were getting torched in meaningless time and gave up two touchdowns.
Special Teams: A, Kickoff specialist, John Potter controlled the field position off of kickoffs by kicking deep nearly every single time. Punter, Brian Moorman was skying punts all day and flipping the field, forcing Kansas City to have for the most part long sustained drives in order to score. Last but certainly not least, Leodis McKelvin sealed the game after he had an 88-yard punt for a touchdown.
Thank you again for reading another of my grading assignments for the Buffalo Bills and if you want to discuss it more leave a comment and/or hit me up on Twitter @TheProfessorSD. Take care and I hope you all had an excellent weekend!