Good, Bad, and The Hound
by Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page
–Winning. The Buffalo Bills rewrote the usual script and made a fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Tampa Bay Bucs 30-27. When LeSean McCoy scored his second TD of the game with a few minutes to go, admit it, you figured the Bucs would march down and kick the game winning field goal as time expired to escape with a win. We’ve seen that movie too many times before, but this team flipped the script. Tre’Davious White with a strip and recovery was the plot twist his team needed.
–Winning. The Buffalo Sabres did it for the second time this season, with a comeback thriller in Boston Saturday night. Ryan O’Reilly scored a beauty in overtime to complete the comeback from a three goal deficit. Along with the O’Reilly, Jason Pominville, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane, and Benoit Pouliot scored goals for the Sabres. That is a good sign to me as most of the players that are supposed to score did in a win that could turn the boat around on what has been a shipwreck of a season so far. The win should be galvanizing.
–Bills Running Game. The overall yardage on the ground wasn’t tremendous, but good enough to keep Tampa’s defense on their heels. LeSean McCoy finished with 91, but the key was 53 for Tyrod Taylor on 8 carries. Several of those yards came on designed run plays for the QB, and that was a wise choice in the game plan. Taylor’s legs can really open things up for the entire offense.
–Deonte Thompson. The Chicago Bears castoff caught 4 passes for 107 yards. Our NFL expert, Greg Gabriel, stated on our BSP Radio Show on WECK Saturday October 14th, that Thompson was a good pickup by the Bills. He was right!
–Winning. Justin Thomas has had an unbelievable 2017 on the PGA Tour, winning the first ever CJ Cup in South Korea. The kid beat Marc Leishman in a playoff to capture the win, the first of his 2017-18 PGA Tour season. Afterwards, Thomas said he’s spent and looks forward to doing nothing for a little while. He’s earned it!
–Time Management. Do I even need to go over how bad the Bills managed the clock at the end of the first half. Sean McDermott took full responsibility for bungling it. Fans can forgive now because the team won, but the potential 3 points could have been huge in the game. They likely will be in other games this season.
–Marcel Dareus. He played more snaps, especially late when the game was on the line, but there seemed to be a whole lot of nothing there aside from an encroachment penalty. When McDermott was asked bout #99’s game, he said he’d have to look at the tape. Let me translate that cliche-average at best.
–Yankees losing. I’m not a Yankees fan, but I was a fan of their post season run. I wanted to see the Yankees and Dodgers in the World Series like the good old days. However, the Astros and Dodgers should provide a great matchup for the Fall Classic.
–Clock Management. Did I mention this one already? It was beyond bad for the Bills at the end of the first half, it was UGLY.
–The Sabres Start. Despite the win over Boston on Saturday, it’s hard to forget how bad the team looked Friday, losing to Vancouver. The Sabres are 2-5-2 on the early season, and still have quite the hole to climb out of.
–Offsides? How that was not offsides on Vancouver Friday night. I know nothing anymore!
–Steelers Clock Management. The Bills aren’t the only team guilty of poor clock management. The Steelers ran the ball inside the 5yd line with 12 seconds on the clock. Mike Tomlin argued that he called timeout as soon as Bell was tackled, but the clock ran down to 3 seconds. The Steelers kicked the field goal, but wanted one more shot at the end zone. Why the heck did they run the ball in the first place? Bad deal there, even though they got 3 points instead of none.