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Old 07-01-2005   #21
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I got to see proof that your defense is any better than it was last year especially your pash rush. Yikes!
That Yikes! defense had the longest streak for not allowing a TD last year starting with denying the Colts for 3 quarters. Keep in mind the stats are a little deceptive as well since we played 6 games against the top 5 offenses in the league last year and just 2 against the bottom 5 offenses.
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Texans have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL until proven otherwise. No pass rush either. The Bills have a dominant running game and a dominant defense. 0-1 for the good guys
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The Bills have a dominant running game and a dominant defense.
I'll give you the good (top 10 scoring D) defense, but dominant running game? Stats don't tell the whole story, but...

Houston 481 attempts, 1882 yds, 3.9 ypc, 117.6 ypg, 16 TD's, 103 1st downs
Buffalo 483 attempts, 1874 yds, 3.9 ypc, 117.1 ypg, 15 TD's, 102 FD's

I've never heard anyone describe our running game as dominant as a matter of fact somewhere I have heard people say it is a running game no one is scared of. I'd go more with Texans good (and the potential to be really good) and Bills really good.
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I always talk about us being one of the better run blocking teams in the NFL despite the moans from this message board about our offense, so that point is more for the gallery. Good stats though. Shows how good we really are when it comes to running the football.
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Our line has been put together primarily with run blocking in mind. I cannot think of a single starting lineman that is a better pass-blocker than run-blocker. As a consequence, we have a line that has good run blockers, but average to poor pass blockers. Our protection schemes and Carr's propensity to hold onto the ball too long, further exaggerate the issue. When you give up an average of about 50 sacks a year over the course of 3 years, it throws out a stat that the media and fans focus upon. It has to change if we want to get better. However, I am not convinced that the talent is the only issue with our pass protection.
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Texans handsdown.... if the offensive line can hold up that is.
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To soon. I believe the Texans can win the game and that they will but it's far too soon to try and predict a score. I'll talk about this the week before the game.
I'm with Herv on this one. I've got to see how healthy we are after TC and the Preseason. I'll have a much better idea what the final score will be after all that.
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A lot of fans say they need to see the teams through preseason to get a feel for what will happen during the season. And that's true to a point. But, some teams hold back during preseason, not revealing too much of their hand. Others will place an emphasis on winning in the preseason in order to create momentum and dispel a losing atmosphere. Preseason can be very misleading. So, why not take a guess now?

I think the Buffalo game could be very important to the Texans playoff chances in '05. They're one of the teams I see battling the Texans for a wildcard spot going into the final week. And head-to-head wins are the 1st tiebreaker. The Bills finished last season like gangbusters (not sure what that means) going 8-2 with losses to the Pats & Steelers. During a 6 game winning streak, the Bills averaged 38 ppg. Unreal. But in the offseason, the Bills decided it was a good time to dump their starting QB & and not pursue their starting LT. Is it back to square 1 (when the Bills averaged 13 ppg the 1st 6 games of '04) or do the Bills pickup right where they left off?

Maybe the Bills defense & special teams are good enough to carry the offense for a while. Buffalo scored 10 TDs on returns last year & forced 44 turnovers (#2 in the NFL) helping greatly the offense's starting field position. Can the Bills keep up that pace? Buffalo won't have the fortune of lining up across QBs such as Cody Pickett, Jon Kitna, Jay Fiedler, Josh McCown, or his brother Luke as they did in '04. And they'll be without one of the premier run stuffing DTs with the loss of Pat Williams to the Vikes.

I think this will be a close, low scoring game with both teams trying to minimize mistakes. That bodes well for the Texans, as the 1st year starter Losman is more likely to err early in the season. I'll take the Texans 19-16. Oh, and I reserve the right to change my mind over the next 10 weeks. And I probably will because of something I see in preseason (when will I learn?).
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My main concern isn't with how they perform, but moreso with how healthy we make it out of the preseason. If we go 0-4 in the preseason I'll still be happy as long as we come out relatively injury free.
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My main concern isn't with how they perform, but moreso with how healthy we make it out of the preseason. If we go 0-4 in the preseason I'll still be happy as long as we come out relatively injury free.
The team could come out of the preseason injury free, yet have a catastrophic injury in the 1st quarter of the Bills game. Or it could happen to the Bills. Don't see why waiting for the preseason to finish is necessary to predict a single game. :
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I'm wrong enough as it is , and I need all the help I can get to make a semi-close prediction.
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I wanted the prediction not Cabills

JP is better than you all think. He is good enough that we sacked Bledsoe, our defense says he can pick them apart, and just recently Jabari Greer compared him to steve young. Of course he will have a little learning curve, but hes been in the system for a year already. Plus last year lee evans did fine with a tiny learning curve, so i think JP can. I think he had a 60% or up completion percentage at tulane. We have added speed at WR and QB, and last year speed was our biggest problem, o-line cant protect forever, this year they wont have too.

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Rookie QBs will make mistakes. It's inevitable. I, for one, think that Losman will develop into a very good QB. That doesn't mean he's going to be clicking on all cylinders coming out of the gate though. I believe our secondary will be very good this season. The big question mark will be the pass rush. Peek getting the starting nod should help out alot, and we'll see if more speed on defense translates to a better pass rush. If all goes well then our D could force JP into some errant throws, and maybe a couple turnovers. Our offense is looking like it should be improved from last season. We have a talented group of WRs led by AJ, and a good set of RBs headed up by DD. I think it will be a tough game for both teams. As for the Bills, I've stated before that the Bills have a very talented team on both sides of the ball, and Losman's performance will likely be the deciding factor in whether the Bills win or lose. A young QBs learning curve is tremendous, and unlike any other position on the field. Many point to Big Ben as the exception to the rule, but keep in mind that guys like him are rare. I think JP will have a good year, but I doubt he'll walk away with NFL OROY. He's got alot of tools in place to succeed, but it'll be up to him to do so. As far as the Steve Young comparison keep in mind that Young started out with the Bucs, and his star didn't shine quite as bright early on as it did when he moved on to the 49ers.
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JP is better than you all think. He is good enough that we sacked Bledsoe, our defense says he can pick them apart, and just recently Jabari Greer compared him to steve young. Of course he will have a little learning curve, but hes been in the system for a year already. Plus last year lee evans did fine with a tiny learning curve, so i think JP can. I think he had a 60% or up completion percentage at tulane. We have added speed at WR and QB, and last year speed was our biggest problem, o-line cant protect forever, this year they wont have too.

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If Losman can pick your defense apart then what do you think Carr will do to them? Don't forget Carr did complete over 60% of his passes and throw for over 3500 yards last year and was second behind Vick as leading QB's in rushing yards and that was with an OL that was together one year with injuries on it.

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Okay... so CABills wants our prediction... then doesn't want to post his. Then we throw out the arguement we've gotten better on defense and he wants proof, then we turn around and post what happened last time to which the reply is "base off 2 years ago?".
I am looking for respones. Saying you beat us in 2003 10-12 means nothing to me. Congrats on the win. It was a totally different team for the both of us so I dont see how that has any relevance on anything?

I dont know want to post my prediction because we haven't even started training camp who knows how Losman will perform, injured, etc. Many things can happen in the next two months, I think it is a little premature to predicting wins and losses right now. But in the name of "fun" I predict a bills win 13-10.

How has your defense improved? The pick up of Buchanon was a big FA signing but he was an on and off guy in Oakland. I have seen a ton of Oakland games over the last couple years being from California. Your pash rush was not great to put it nicely and I didnt see anything you did this offseason to improve it. Maybe I am wrong though thats what I am asking, not we are going to win 31-7 because I am a homer.

Any unintelligent fan can predict a score and a W for their team, EVEN raider fans. So I was trying to get an opinion on what makes you think you have the better team (not saying what is right or wrong) but going on things like 2003 scores brings a weak argument.

**EDIT** Never once have a I heard our defense says thats Losman can pick them apart?
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As far as the Steve Young comparison keep in mind that Young started out with the Bucs, and his star didn't shine quite as bright early on as it did when he moved on to the 49ers.
Also keep in mind the guy who said that, Jabari Greer was an UDFA last year, I think he is just happy to be on the team. Although he did suprisingly well for us last year, the Bills seem to have a lot of luck in drafting players for our secondary, Wire aside.
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All I know is we as a fan base are discouting a rookie QB in his first start when we had one ourselves when we beat the Cowboys in our first game ever. Short memories?
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Donahoe is one of the better GMs in the business. You guys definately have a top quality front office.
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