Game one of the preseason is in the books and despite a 10-3 loss against the Chicago Bears, it was the Bills defense that were the stars of the game. Buffalo had a total of 9 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. You can’t take much from the first preseason game but we can say that the heart and determination from last year was still there. Let’s hope they can keep this up throughout the preseason and have it spill into the regular season. Their offense on the other hand were less than spectacular. Scoring only 3 points was probably not what they wanted but I’m sure Coach Gailey just wanted to feel out his new players and try a few new formations. The addition of Brad Smith will give Gailey the elusive Wildcat option that leaves defenses scratching their heads. On a 3rd-and-2 play from the Buffalo 48, Smith stood in the shotgun, took the snap and ran behind left guard Andy Levitre for a two-yard gain and a first down. Plays like these might alleviate some of the third down problems the Bills had last year.
In a surprise move, Buffalo have traded Lee Evans to Baltimore for a fourth round draft pick. Really Buffalo, Really! I understand why you did it (to save money) but that leaves the Bills with a very young and unproven receiving core. Why so serious Stevie Johnson? because you have no choice now, you will be captain of this young group. Good luck to Lee Evans and thanks for everything you’ve done for Buffalo, you’ll be missed.
Buffalo will be taking on the Denver Broncos this Saturday at 8:30pm at Mile High stadium in Denver. I hope to see more offense out of the Bills and see if both sides of the ball can click together.
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Written by Norm Duhamel