Risking the health of Spiller, Jackson worth beating the Patriots?
For most Buffalo Bills fans there is no team despised quite like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Yes, that’s me rooting for a Brady season ending injury each week. There is good reason for the hate. You see, the Buffalo Bills have been on the losing end of the match-up for some time now and frustration starts to mount as a die-hard fan.
After seven straight series sweeps and 15 straight Patriots wins, Buffalo ended the streak with a 34-31 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the first meeting of the two teams in 2011 on Sept. 25. After the loss Tom Brady was so pissed that he threw his helmet on the ground. However, it was intercepted as were four other passes.
While the hate and anger exist, especially after the Patriots erased a 21-point lead in New England at the end of the season, the question becomes how much do we want to win?
The importance of the game has reached a height the Bills haven’t seen since their last playoff appearance in 1999. The Bills can send the Patriots to a 1-3 record and three consecutive losses, something that hasn’t been done since 2002. Not to mention, the Bills have one of the toughest schedules ahead facing the 49ers, Cardinals, Texans and Patriots in New England.
While looking the Patriots as they sit at the bottom of the standings alone would send chills up and down my spine, we need to worry about the long-term health of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Due to recent struggles by Ryan Fitzpatrick, if the Bills want to see the post-season they must keep the running game going and Tashard Choice isn’t the answer. The Bills offensive line has amazed and if they continue that play, along with a healthy Spiller and Jackson, it could lead to a serious rushing attack. A rushing attack the NFL doesn’t see anymore.
One has to worry about Fitzpatrick and his lack of accuracy during the first three weeks. Things have been better after the Jets debacle, but the accuracy still is not there. It’s become the receivers making the catches although they are thrown to the wrong area.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, “It appears that Fred Jackson, out since Week 1 with a knee injury, may be able to return to action at least a couple weeks ahead of the original prognosis.
Further, the shoulder injury to C.J. Spiller — which certainly looked serious when he went down in the first quarter of Buffalo’s 24-14 victory over Cleveland — isn’t as bad as it could have been.
Coach Chan Gailey said Spiller’s damaged left shoulder — reportedly a sprain of the AC joint — will most likely keep him out of the Patriots game, but it’s possible he could return in time to face San Francisco on Oct. 7.
“I’m not going to completely rule him out this week,” Gailey said of Spiller.
We all know how important it is to beat the Patriots, especially at home, but risking the health of C.J. Spiller and/or Fred Jackson could end the season in Week 4.