First and Five Wrap-Up: San Francisco 49ers

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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Not much good news to post here and performances like that keep it hard to want to write about this football team after performances like that. Chan Gailey says that this team doesn’t give up, along with many other players who were asked if they thought the team had given up, but it didn’t look that way yesterday. For the second straight week in a row, the Buffalo Bills were out classed in every area of the game. This week the Bills will stay out west and begin to prepare for the Arizona Cardinals, which is a must win game situation a little more than a quarter through the season. Continue on to see just how bad the Bills performed in this week’s first and five.

1- Mario Williams needs to quiet the critics- If some weren’t critics yet, they will be now. Alex Smith threw at will and had little pressure. $100 million front lineman, Williams, recorded two tackles and another zero in the sack column. He did have two hits on the quarterback for a change, but that isn’t enough to clear the disappointing stink in the air. The defense allowed a total of 621 yards of offense by the San Francisco 49er’s, which is a Buffalo franchise record. In the last two games, the Bills defense has given up 1201 total yards. They also allowed a total of 97 points scored in back to back games, which is the most allowed since 1976. What are they paying for? All of the blame can’t be placed on Mario however. It was a solid defense team effort to record numbers that poorly.

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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2- Running game needs to be consistent- The running game was again slow and unable to get going. Going up against one of the top defenses in the league, they struggled once again. Splitting carries doesn’t seem to be the answer but the coaching staff continues to design that game plan. Ironically, the leading rusher was Brad Smith with one large run that broke out for 35 yards. Fred Jackson finished the day with 29 totally yards, while C.J. Spiller rushed for only 24 yards. Maybe it was due to the injuries on the front line, or possibly it was due to a major blow out, but the running game never came close to getting started. In the second half, as the 49er’s really built up the score, the Bills only rushed the ball seven times.

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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Kirby Lee- US Presswire

3- No interceptions for Ryan Fitzpatrick - Well he did throw one interception, and it managed to be his only one, but he's just not the quarterback that this team needs. I guess you could say that the offense was not on the field much, but Fitzpatrick’s play was inexcusable. He threw for 126 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per throw. The sad thing about this situation is that the receivers are finding ways to get open and had a couple down field chances to make a score, but Fitzpatrick is unable to make the throw to his receivers. Deep balls were thrown to Stevie Johnson, Spiller, and Donald Jones, who had beat their coverage and all came up short. The deep ball to Jones that was intercepted by Chris Culliver sealed the deal for the rest of the game and really showed what Fitzpatrick was made of.

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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4- Force Alex Smith to throw The plan was to try and keep the 49er’s one dimensional by forcing them to throw the ball because of a lack of ground production. Unfortunately, Smith lit it up this week and after watching the game for a while, I began to wonder if they even had an incomplete pass. He did, but not many completing 19 of his 25 passes. To make matters worse, not only did Smith succeed in throwing the ball, but once again, the Bills defense was unable to stop the run. By the way, did anyone on the defense remember that Vernon Davis is basically the only guy that Smith really throws to? Apparently not because he was unstoppable putting up 103 yards receiving. Most of the time that the ball came his way, he was standing wide open waiting to make the catch. Wish the Bills could find a tight end like that. But back to Smith. He threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. I’m not sure if he is really that good, or if the Bills find ways to make all quarterbacks look like Tom Brady.

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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5- Play well in all four quarters- This is laughable now in hindsight. I guess you could make a case for the Bills in the first half. For most of the half they had San Fran in their sights and if tight end Scott Chandler did not fumble that pass late in the second quarter after forcing a San Fran fumble, then the Bills would have went into the half only down 10-3, maybe even tied if they could find the end zone off the turnover. Then again, Fitzpatrick was terrible throughout the game and Jarius Byrd was called for a holding penalty that took away a touchdown return by Leodis McKelvin in their first possession. The second half was another break down, as the defense couldn’t stop anyone and the offense was invisible. I would like to say they held their own, but when you can’t manage to score more than three points in an entire game, there isn’t much credit to be given.

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First and Five Wrap Up: San Francisco 49ers

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Kirby Lee- US Presswire

How painful was this game to watch for you? Is there anything that the Bills are improving on or is Arizona going to be the last punch to the gut? You can also find my articles on twitter @christynepolle.


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