The Good, The Bad, and The Hound
By Kevin Sylvester
–The Bills Defense. For the second straight week, the new (to Buffalo) 4-3 defense delivered by virtually shutting down the Eagles offense. Jerry Hughes looks like he’s in mid-season form. Hughes executed a perfect inside swim move for a sack. We should expect big things from #55 this season.
–LeSean McCoy. He’s ready for the Jets, and we knew that last week.
–Steven Hauschka looked good. He should.
–Nathan Peterman Running 2 minute drill. The rookie looked close to terrible in the previous two possessions prior to the final minute of the first half. He then looked like a seasoned veteran handling the pressure of trying to get his team in scoring position before the mandated locker room visit. Peterman looks more comfortable playing at a quicker pace.
–Tyrod Taylor. Bob Gaughan is going to tell me to relax (read why here). I’m not going to panic or suggest any fan does either. Taylor threw two picks and just didn’t have it, and that’s okay for the preseason.
–Steven Hauschka looked good. Does he really need the game reps in the preseason? No. Go for it and forget the meaningless field goals in preseason football.
–The OFF switch on Ed Hochuli’s mic. The veteran referee was either given a faulty switch, or forgot how to use it. His mic was left open and live more than a handful of times. I was hoping for something salty to be transmitted, but he’s a true pro and kept himself under control.
–Penalties, penalties, and more penalties. The first half was a yellow flag festival. I checked the stats while I was still paying close attention and the Bills had 13 penalties (I received permission from my boss to skip the 4th qtr). It is hard to win committing that many infractions.
–It’s not really ugly, but this item needs to be mentioned. I swear that Andrew Catalon substituted an R for the L in the last name of the Eagles backup QB. I’m not mentioning this to criticize Catalon, he’s good. I’m just pointing out that McGloin is not the easiest name to say repeatedly, and too often it sounded like, well , you can figure it out.