Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wrap-up: Seahawks 50, Bills 17
By James Walker
Some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 50-17 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: The Bills lose their second straight game to fall to 5-9 on the season. I don't know whether coach Chan Gailey can survive this kind of awful performance. He has the public backing of general manager Buddy Nix, but performances like this make Gailey harder and harder to defend after this season. The Bills looked ill-prepared for this game and fell behind 31-7 in the second quarter. The season is already over for Buffalo, and this game makes you question whether players will play their hardest for Gailey down the stretch.
What I liked: There wasn't much to like from Buffalo's perspective. Dynamic tailback C.J. Spiller rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries. But the game was a blowout, so Spiller's impact was minimal. Spiller did record his first 1,000-yard rushing season and did it with the second fewest carries (154) in NFL history. Buffalo receiver Steve Johnson also had a nice game with eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
What I didn’t like: It’s one thing to lose, but the Bills did not look ready to play and were embarrassed. That is a sign of both devising poor game plans and players not showing up. Buffalo's defense was atrocious and allowed 31 points in the first half. The Bills had no answer for Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who ran and threw circles around Buffalo. The rookie passed for 205 yards and ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns. What makes things worse is the Bills passed over Wilson three times in the draft. The offense could score only meaningless points after the team already was down three touchdowns in the first half. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also threw two interceptions, which included a pick-six and a lost fumble.
What’s next: The Bills will end their disappointing season with back-to-back division games. Next week Buffalo will travel to play the Miami Dolphins (6-8). Then the Bills will end their season at home against the rival New York Jets (6-7).