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November 24, 2009

BILLS DVR REWIND: Small errors keep killing Bills

Let’s start with an apology as it took a day longer than normal to get to the DVR this week. OK, on to what we can only say was a far more spirited effort than we’ve seen in recent weeks. But still not enough.

Looking for a comedy of errors that typifies the Bills’ season? Try this one on. First and 10 from the Jacksonville 38 midway through the opening quarter. Fitzpatrick is back in the shotgun with Freddy Jackson on his right and Marshawn Lynch on his left. Jonathan Scott, on his second play after getting subbed in for an injured Seth McKinney, gets pushed back while pulling right. Marshawn Lynch takes a bad angle as he comes in front of Fitzpatrick for a fake handoff and forces Jackson, who’s leaking to the left for an inside screen, to slow up and change his path.

As Jackson stumbles to avoid Lynch, he catches the leg of the pulling Scott, and both go flying to the ground.

Fitzpatrick still throws to Jackson, who’s now sitting on the ground.

Loss of one.

Those mistakes on first down force second and long, and the Jaguars send a standard four, but while Andy Levitre swivels his head from side-to-side looking for someone to block, John Henderson snakes his way to Fitzpatrick. The worst thing about Levitre’s mistake is that he’s got three rushers to his right and had help behind him left in Lynch, who finally released because he had nobody to block.

Fortunately, Fitzpatrick responds by hitting Terrell Owens on a deep in that got the Bills down to the Jags’ 15 and Buffalo tied up the contest with a field goal.

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We’ve been critical of the Bills’ special teams play this season, hinting that the league has started to gain ground on guru Bobby April.

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