Sunday, October 3, 2010
Halftime thoughts from Jets at Bills
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Some thoughts from the press box at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the New York Jets lead the Buffalo Bills 17-7 at halftime:
- Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started without a completion on his first five attempts then connected on seven straight to end the half, his last toss a 4-yard touchdown to wide-open tight end David Martin. Undrafted rookie David Nelson had three catches for 55 yards.
- This isn't a fresh observation, but LaDainian Tomlinson looks terrific. He has 13 attempts for 89 yards. He ran five times for 42 yards on the opening drive. What hurt his average was that 1-yard touchdown run.
- The Bills' run defense has been deplorable even with last season's top tackler, Paul Posluszny, back after missing two games with a knee injury. The Jets are throwing incomplete passes on first down, running on second and still finding themselves in third-and-short situations.
- How are Buffalo's past seven first-round draft picks doing? Receiver Lee Evans (13th overall in 2004) has zero catches. Safety Donte Whitner (eighth overall in 2006) has been invisible. Defensive lineman John McCargo (26th overall in 2006) is a healthy scratch. Running back Marshawn Lynch (12th overall in 2007) has two carries for 3 yards. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (11th overall in 2008) got torched on a 41-yard touchdown strike. Outside linebacker Aaron Maybin (11th overall in 2009) barely has stepped on the field. Right guard Eric Wood (28th overall in 2009) has a holding penalty to put the Bills at second-and-19 at their own 11-yard line. Running back C.J. Spiller (ninth overall this year) has zero rush attempts and one catch for 4 yards.
- I'd love to reprint some of former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley's tweets, but his coarse language is reflective of how his old team is playing this year. To summarize, he thinks nose tackle Kyle Williams is the only defensive player who's performing.
- Bills receiver and punt returner Roscoe Parrish is off to a nice start this year. He has been one of the few bright spots overall. He made a tough catch in the second quarter for 7 yards. Parrish had two punt returns for 19 yards, surpassing the 1,500-yard mark for his career.
- The game would be more lopsided had Nick Folk not missed a 30-yard field goal at the end of the Jets' second possession, which began on a pooch kickoff Bills linebacker Chris Ellis fumbled. The Bills nearly were down 10-0 before they ran their first offensive play.