October 21, 2018

The thing about getting a safety on defense is that it makes the score, even though it’s two more points than you would’ve had, seem even more ridiculous. Not that it really dawned on me at 24-5. For whatever reason, it took until T.Y. Hilton caught his second touchdown of the day from Andrew Luck to make the score 31-5 that it really struck me.


C’mon, that looks hilarious.

Tack another touchdown on there and you’ve got a 37-5 final.


I know, I know, there’s nothing funny about all of this and maybe you’re not in the mood to laugh about any of this, but I’ve said it often over the many years we’ve been spending these Sundays together.

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry.

This was a weird one in Indianapolis on Sunday. Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes, but hardly carved the Buffalo Bills up, only throwing for 156 yards. Luck didn’t really need to carry the load as he had been so far this season for the Indianapolis Colts. That’s because the Bills defense, which had been great since halftime of Week 2, had no answer for Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines running the ball. Those two, along with Jordan Wilkins, accounted for all but five of the 220 yards that Indy ran for.

No pass pressure on Luck, in part, probably as a result of the Colts success running the ball, and no turnovers coupled with getting trampled on the ground tends to get you beat.

Especially when your offense, led by a quarterback you signed less than two weeks ago, turns the ball over five times. Derek Anderson, himself, was responsible for four of the turnovers. Anderson threw three interceptions and fumbled once when he was hit trying to throw. Charles Clay was responsible for the other giveaway if you need to know.

So what now?

The Patriots are rolling in to town for a Monday night game next week. Nathan Peterman is a turnover machine, which is why Derek Anderson was rushed into action after such a short amount of time with the team. Anderson was responsible for four of the five turnovers against Indianapolis.

I mean, what kind of choice is this? What sorts of things does Sean McDermott weigh when making such a decision?

Command getting in and out of the huddle?

Which quarterback might give them a better chance of drawing their opponent offsides when they line up and pretend to go for it on 4th-and-2?

Do you have to rank the degree of fault each guy deserves for the barrels of turnovers they’re responsible for?

What kind of lives are these? What are we doing here?

I don’t have it in me to re-litigate the entire timeline of Bills quarterback decisions since last season. I’ll assume that if you’re still reading this that you know all about it anyway and don’t really need me to write it all down again for you.

Suffice to say the Bills management of the quarterback position has been disastrous.

Sunday in Indianapolis, we reached a point where talking about which flawed quarterback should play the next game feels like about as good an idea as smashing yourself in the face with a hammer.