The Bills have never been worse on opening day

Baltimore dominated all three phases of the game

Paul Hamilton
September 09, 2018 - 7:20 pm

Photo: Mitch Stringer - USA TODAY Sports

(WGR 550) - WOW! Was I wrong. I have been saying all along that the Bills aren’t as bad as many are making them out to be, but that performance in Baltimore shows me that they might be.

Now, it’s only one game, but the Bills got slaughtered in every phase of the game. The offense, defense and special teams were absolutely embarrassed.

Nathan Peterman had a quarterback rating of 0.0. I wrote in the preseason that he had a plan when he went back to pass. In this game, he had nothing. Buffalo didn’t get its first 1st down until after halftime. The first half yardage was 233-33, Ravens.

LeSean McCoy couldn’t run the ball, the offensive line couldn’t run block or pass block, I’ve never seen a group of NFL receivers that doesn’t have one guy that can get separation from a cornerback, Kelvin Benjamin looks about as disinterested as I’ve ever seen a pro athlete look, he doesn’t fight for balls and at times he's at half speed.

When Peterman did have time to throw the football, he missed his receivers badly and threw two interceptions. The Bills had seven penalties for 71 yards in the first half!

I’ve been watching the NFL for a long time and I have NEVER, EVER seen a quarterback pulled with five minutes gone in the third quarter because the game is already won. The Bills made Joe Flacco look like Tom Brady. They had no answer at all for the three Baltimore tight ends and receivers were open all day. Vontae Davis has been so bad he was inactive. His replacement Phillip Gaines was no better.

There was no pressure at all on Flacco and the Ravens went six-for-six in the red zone.

On special teams, Buffalo gave up a 51-yard punt return and rookie punter Corey Bojorquez dropped a snap giving Baltimore great field position that they converted into another score.

When Baltimore muffed a punt, Andre Holmes and Taiwan Jones both had chances to fall on it only to knock the ball out of bounds.

This was the worst opening day loss in Buffalo Bills history.

I’ll be interested to see if Sean McDermott stays with Peterman next week against the Chargers or goes with Josh Allen who played just under a full half. Peterman went 5-of-18 for 24 yards and two picks while Allen was 6-of-15 for 74 yards. Both were sacked three times. Allen did get 26 yards on four scrambles avoiding sacks.

I want to point out that just because the Bills lost by 44 points, that doesn’t mean their season is over. Last year, Buffalo lost to New Orleans at home 47-10 and then went to Los Angeles to get blasted by the Chargers, 54-24. Buffalo went 4-2 after that with both losses to New England. They also made the playoffs, but McDermott and his coaching staff did a horrendous job of getting their team ready for the Ravens. Peterman looked great in preseason, but when a team game planed for him, they exposed him. The Bills coaching staff has to figure out how to protect the quarterback and how to rush the opposing quarterback. If they can’t do it, then they aren’t good enough.

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