After a pitiful Week One, where the offense mustered a measly 166 total yards on offense, the Bills responded Sunday with another poor effort in a 34-7 loss against what looks like a Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers team.
The Bills came into the game with no identity. They showed why they are favorites to be the cellar dwellers in the AFC East.
The offensive line is pitiful; Trent Edwards was sacked on third down forcing punts on the first two opening drives for the Bills. Their quarterback is horrendous; Edwards continues to be unimpressive and checks down so much that the offense has no rhythm, which leads to three and outs. Coach Chan Gailey's rotation of running backs has so far been ineffective with no back taking control of the job, and it looks to be a mess for weeks to come.
The defense has played admirably, but the lack of ball control leaves the unit on the field too long and hurts its effectiveness.
C.J. Spiller has continued to fall short of expectations, touching the ball only four times Sunday for 26 total yards. He looked dynamic on kick returns, and he showed flashes of why he was the top-rated back coming out of college, but running behind this truly horrible offensive line has squashed any potential for him to be effective this year.
Sunday's game was a mess. It was out of hand before the end of the first quarter, and the Bills never really put up a fight. The offensive line showed its inexperience by letting Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews sack Edwards three times. The pocket continued to collapse around Edwards throughout the game. This game should show management that investing top picks in offensive lineman will be the only way for the Bills to ever return to being a playoff-caliber team. Lee Evans, one of the more underrated deep threats in the NFL, was targeted a grand total of zero times in the game, and the Bills will continue to get blown out if they cannot involve Evans more in the game plan. The Bills were unable to get anything going on offense, with the exception of Marshawn Lynch, who got the majority of the carries this week. He rushed 17 times for 64 yards. Fred Jackson got into the end zone with a three-yard rushing touchdown, getting the only points the Bills had for the day.
If the Bills ever wish to utilize their above-average secondary, they need to pressure the quarterback more.
Jonathan Dempsey is a senior at Canisius High School.