Niagara Gazette


October 26, 2009

BILLS DVR REWIND: Lynch lucky he didn’t get drilled

Notes collected after another DVR rewind, one which I’m hoping will be the last time Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Delhomme find themselves as opposong starting quarterbacks.

• Nobody mentioned this on the telecast, but Marshawn Lynch hotdogged into the end zone on the first play after Jairus’ Byrd’s first pick.

Did Lynch not realize it’s the team’s first rushing touchdown in seven games? He’s lucky he didn’t get a helmet in the ribs. Act like you’ve been there, Marshawn.

Give Lynch credit, though, instead of ramming the ball into the line of scrimmage, he made a nice, quick cutback to the open backside of the play. And for all the knocks he’s gotten for jumping ahead of the snap count, a play like this one shows why the coaching staff has always believed in Demetrius Bell. Carolina defensive end Tyler Brayton tried to jump inside and Bell rode him that way hard.

Rookie defensive back Captain Munnerlyn had a free shot at a dawdling Lynch, but couldn’t close in time.

• It’s hard to write a column on the Bills game and neglect Byrd’s two interceptions, but there wasn’t much to either play. On the first, Byrd was simply coasting in center field and Jake Delhomme made a horrendous throw over the middle, missing his man by five yards.

On the second, he only missed Steve Smith by a few yards, and Smith’s deflection put the ball right in Byrd’s hands.

But while Byrd hasn’t done much other than find the right spot at the right time, he hangs on to the ball when it finds him. Mark Kelso made a career out of that.

• We’ve been quick to knock the special teams this year, and it’s all been well-deserved. But on Sunday, Justin Jenkins set the tone with a big stick on Munnerlyn and John Wendling looked like the special-teamer the Bills have long been selling him as, making three great stops.

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