“A dumb throw, a dumb decision by me,” those were the words of Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after throwing a third down interception that led to a Titans game winning score. Fitzpatrick had played his best game of the season for three quarters, but his interception late in the 4th quarter and weak attempts on the last drive have fans shaking their heads after a frustrating 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Bills now 3-4 heading into their bye weak and with a tough schedule when they resume play their playoff hopes took a major blow.
Fitzpatrick was 27 for 35 for 225 yards and 3 td’s, but his fumble after a sack in the third quarter led to a Titans score and then his second down pick after the defense finally held the Titans following a weak punt put the defense out on the field once again. This time Hasselbeck hit Washington for the go ahead score and the Bills did not manage to even pick up a first down when they needed a field goal for the win with a minute remaining.
The Bills run defense was pourous throughout the contest giving up 195 yards and two scores to Chris Johnson. The defense was unable to get off the field through much of the game and gave up several big plays that resulted in quick scores. In fact, it was the Bills offense and special teams that kept them in the game, but the late mistakes resulted in their second straight home loss and third in the last four games.
Coach Chan Gailey said he never considered going for the two point conversion on their final two touchdowns saying he usually waits for the final ten minutes of the game to make that call.
While Gailey acknowledged that his defense has not lived up to everyone’s expectations he also said he has not considered making coaching changes on his defensive coaching staff. He now has an extra week to try and find some answers before the team travels to play the very talented Houston Texans.
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