“Whether (all the penalties are) legitimate or not, they’re looking for things …”
“I can’t get that acceleration”, he said, via the Buffalo News, “that burst”. Piles of penalties and poor play added up to a lot of punts in the second half. And bring on next week.
“I played about anything I’d get my hands on to try to motivate those guys”, Coughlin recalled.
He grew more defiant as he rambled on. So that’s how I look at it. Give me a team that’s got a few fight and will compete to the very end… right, wrong, or indifferent no matter how good the officiating is, or whatever. To be the team we want to be we need to eliminate those penalties across the board. Pugh didn’t think the Bills cared much with the game out of reach.
After last week’s bounce-back rout of the Miami Dolphins on the road, I thought the Bills might be all of the above.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Giants did this away from home, in an atmosphere that many would consider among the most hostile in the entire NFL.
First-year quarterback in Tyrod Taylor has played like a veteran in his first three games of the season.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan praised Tyrod Taylor after the quarterback won his first road game as the Bills’ starter. While clock management has been a problem, Eli Manning has thrown four touchdown passes without an interception and is a proven victor, beginning just one season with a 1-3 record or worse since entering the league 12 years ago.
In all, the Bills gave up 19 first downs to the Giants on Sunday. Giants K Josh Brown missed a 38-yard point-after attempt, which was backed up by a false-start penalty. Coleman did not practice Wednesday, and if he does not play Sunday and Freeman comes up big again, Coleman could be out of a job.
Buffalo gained 66 yards on its next drive but stalled out on a fourth-and-goal play at the Giants’ 1-yard line. Apparently not. We had 17 penalties, two touchdowns called back, a fumble, all that kind of stuff. Bills K Dan Carpenter missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt wide left.
Both offenses would be stagnant in the third quarter, as the Bills continued to struggle against the Giants’ defense.
Buffalo’s next drive ended when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and J.T. Thomas stopped Williams for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Eli Manning has somehow become a QB whose name isn’t intimately tied to “interception”.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) drives New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) to the ground during a tackle in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, October 4, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. He has done it with his arm (412 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in the 2013 season opener) and with his legs (a record 181 yards rushing in a 2012 playoff win).
Another way to phrase “lack of mental focus” for Buffalo: stupidity.
Jerry Hughes and Preston Brown each had two unsportsmanlike penalties each.
According to oddsmakers at MyBookie, the Bills are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Giants. “We’ll keep fighting, and eventually we’ll find a way to win”. During his four seasons at RIT, Coughlin would play tapes of speeches made by Gen. George Patton to inspire his players. They have a rep now that proceeds them. If they don’t, then the criticism should come in droves. It is not a rep to be proud of.
The Bills are likely to be without Sammy Watkins and Lesean McCoy for this one but luckily they have enough depth at both positions to stay the course as Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should be good to go and Karlos Williams is quickly making people forget about Shady altogether. He wasn’t as enthusiastic about the second half. Facing third-and-3 at his own 49, Manning busted the Bills blitz by dumping a short pass to his left to Jennings.