Looks like Bills are throwing in towel
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is dejected as he leaves the field after a loss to the Titans at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2011. (DOUG BENZ/Reuters)
TORONTO - At this point the Buffalo Bills simply should peel off their jerseys, hang them up and go home.
They shouldnít bother playing their final three games of the season, not show up and forfeit the remaining the remainder of the schedule.
The Bills travelled all the way to San Diego for their game Sunday when all they did was mail it in. They could have done that staying in Buffalo.
Against the Chargers, a team that rarely loses in December, the Bills showed some spunk for only a portion of the third quarter when trailing 16-0, they scored 10 consecutive points.
One fake punt later by the Chargers and for the Bills that was all she wrote as they went quietly into the night by a 37-10 score.
It marked their sixth consecutive loss and about the only question on the fans mind is: Why didnít you play this crummy all season and put the team in line for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes?
Ever since he singed his six-year, $60-million contract extension, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been dreadful and against the Chargers he continued in that vein as he was good on 13 of 34 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions.
Itís time for the Bills to give their fans a break and not show up for the rest of the season.
RAIDERS AREN'T FOR REAL
Speaking of dreadful teams, we give you the Oakland Raiders.
No one thought the Raiders would have much of a chance against the Packers at Lambeau Field but a 46-10 rout? Give me a break.
It was the second consecutive butt-kicking ó they were hammered 34-16 by Miami the previous week ó and coupled with Denverís 400th miracle comeback win of the season under Tim Tebow, the Raiders have tumbled out of first place in the AFC West and trail Tebow and company by a game.
With a home game next week against the Detroit Lions, it doesnít get any easier for Hue Jacksonís team.
Itís hard to believe that the Raiders that showed up in Lambeau were the same team that looked so spirited during a three-game run that produced victories over San Diego, Minnesota and Chicago.
How bad were the Raiders?
For starters they trailed 31-0 at the half to mark their largest halftime deficit in the history of the franchise. Quarterback Carson Palmer, who not long ago was hailed as their saviour, was intercepted four times.
Itís enough to make former owner Al Davis spin in his grave.
EAGLES STILL ALIVE
The Philadelphia Eagles have been an over-hyped, underachieving team all season.
Against the Miami Dolphins when it no longer matters, the Eagles turned in one of their best performances of the season in putting a 26-10 beating on the Miami Dolphins.
With the win the Eagles moved to 5-8 and halted a two-game slide. Among the delusional and the lunatic fringe, it will signal that the season isnít over, that the Eagles, by running the table, can advance to the playoffs. For that to happen, the Eagles need the Dallas Cowboys to go 1-3 and the Giants 2-2 over the final weeks of the season.
Lots of luck on that one.
Instead weíll take their victory for what it is, a sign of all teams that choke it up, that they can turn it on when it no longer matters.
On Monday the Eagles will no doubt have plenty of sore hands from patting each other on the back.
The game signaled a return of quarterback Michael Vick who missed the past three games with broken ribs.
The star of the show on the day for the Eagles, though, was their defence which piled up nine sacks and picked off three passes.
Itís too little, too late.
NEW LOW FOR BUCS
In a season that has gone from embarrassing to mortifying, we give you the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With a 4-2 record after their opening six games including a 26-20 triumph over the New Orleans Saints, the Bucs appeared to be a playoff bound team.
But then reality hit the road and the Bucs began to lose and lose and lose.
On Sunday they turned in perhaps their worst performance of the season. After racing into a 14-0 lead they completely collapsed end ended up watching the offensively challenged Jacksonville Jaguars roll up 41 unanswered points.
The Jags came into the game as the third lowest scoring team in the league. In their first 12 games, where the managed three victories, their highest point total of the season was 20 in a 30-20 loss to Cincinnati.
Thatís beyond impossible. Thatís 20 points, tops.
In their three previous victories they had scored 16, 12 and 17 points. In their last three games, all losses, they had managed 10, 13 and 14 points.
Now they bang out 41 against Tampa Bay and send the Bucs tumbling to their seventh consecutive loss.
This was the type of game that owners never forget and is the kind that gets coaches fired.
Raheem Morris, look out.