Preseason struggles continue for Bills’ offense

AP

If the Bills hope their offense is going to take a step forward with second-year quarterback EJ Manuel this year, they can’t feel good about the results of the preseason.

As of the end of the first quarter of today’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, the Bills have managed a total of nine points, on three field goals, in the first quarters of their four preseason games. (The Bills have put more points on the board later in games, but mostly with backups on the field for both teams.)

In today’s first quarter the Bills scored zero points. Their five offensive possessions ended with three punts, an interception and a fumble.

The fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium don’t seem to be enjoying what they’re watching, and Manuel has heard his share of boos.

Tampa Bay’s offense hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, but the Bucs have taken advantage of the short fields they’re getting from the Bills. The Bucs got a touchdown on a five-play, 39-yard drive and a field goal on an eight-play, 27-yard drive, and Tampa leads 10-0.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m. ET: Shortly after we posted this, the Bills’ offense went from bad to worse: Manuel fumbled and Tampa Bay’s Clinton McDonald recovered and returned it for a 17-yard touchdown to make the score 17-0 Bucs.

68 responses to “Preseason struggles continue for Bills’ offense

  1. When fans are booing @ a preseason game, thats kind of a sign that the team in for a long year.

    There are some Bills fans out here…that have talked some pretty big stuff….Where are they now?

  2. Bills have the worst set of QBs in the league. They should seriously consider signing Kyle Orton or Jamarcus Russell. Yeah, it’s so bad even Purple Drank or Tebow might be an upgrade.

  3. The fans should think twice about booing for two reasons, one being this is just a preseason game, and the other being they don’t know how booing might affect the new owner’s mindset about sticking around. Be careful about fanning the flames unless you like to watch your world burn.

    Change can be good, but change could be another city.

  4. EJ Manual is garbage. The Bills have traded picks and drafted poorly. Their fans can only hope a new owner can straighten it out. Oh wait. He owns the Sabers…..

  5. Man its hard watching EJ. He really really sucks. It’s the same thing over and over every week. Staring down receivers, not going through his reads, wildly inaccurate, checking down way too often. We are in for a long season fellas. I just hope this is the last year we have to watch him play. I hope who ever the new owner is cleans house. Marrone and Hackett have to go. Take waley with you while you’re at it. I can’t believe how pathetic this offense is. And what a waste of a pick drafting Watkins when the qb is this awful.

  6. The Bills fans must be sick…..
    Manuel is a 55% completion QB at best. There is no way they are winning with him. Trade for Mallett, while he is no bargain, he is much better than Manuel. The Pats played him a bit with the ones last night and he looked better than EJ.

    Nice guy or not, he is a lousy NFL QB, face the facts already! They ain’t paying him to be nice.

  7. Why don’t the Bills sign Vince Young?

    Come on……Bridgewater, Geno Smith, Vince Young, Manuel, Russell, Pryor are all garbage. When are theses teams going to learn?

  8. The Buffalo Bills have one of the best fan bases in all of the NFL. Too bad their team has been lousy for years. This year doesn’t look like it’s going to be much better either.

  9. Ponder or Pryor for Manuel? Then release Manuel? Don’t know his contract situation so just throwing it out there. Is he really this bad? Too many questions, not enough answers.

  10. I wonder if the fans that are booing tonight are the same fans booing the potential Bon Jovi group’s move of the team?

    For cripes sake if you only love them when they’re doing well does qualify you to hate on the when leave because they are tired of being hated on?

    Sure feels like the Buffalo fan base of the bandwagon type, which is really sad considering the history and legendary feeling of that franchise.

    Nothing would make me smile more than to see them playing a home playoff game against the Pats and watching Jim Kelly hit Andre Reed for the winning touchdown in the final moments.

    But alas…that is a journey of the past. So I might have to settle for some unknown kid of greatness intercepting Tom Brady and returning it for the winning points in the wildcard game in Foxbeeerrrrow.

  11. Wheres that Bills fan guy Kgun80 or something like that was talkin this morning about how EJ was a stud QB while Geno was a bust? LOL I bet he doesn’t show up now.

  12. That’s because they suck!
    There lame fans need to realize that there season is already over and it hasn’t even started.

    #billsmafiablows

  13. Pats won’t do it but Mallet for all their remaining draft picks is looking awfully tempting at this point. Yikes, even a Tebow invite would be an improvement.

  14. Misstrerachel…….. we’re right here. We’re watching our team, rather than expose our uselessness by trolling other teams sights, sating our petty hatreds and small minded insults like life’s losers are want to do. Paint under the bridge while you’re down there, will ya?

  15. @donnymacjack pretty tough to criticize Bills fans for booing. It’s been like twenty years since the franchise has been relevant. I’d like to see any fan base put up with that

  16. skoobyfl says:
    Aug 23, 2014 6:20 PM

    Cleveland looks like geniuses because they get to have the 1st & 2nd pick next draft.
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    Not to mention that they traded bust out Richardson for a 1st from Indianapolis which they used to get Manziel.

  17. Tampa felt bad for EJ and the Bills and benched their starters so EJ’s self esteem doesn’t go away for good. This is sadly our society nowadays where kids get pumped up with false pride and trophies now even if they lost or don’t deserve it. Congrats EJ, enjoy your fake TD and take it home to mommy.

  18. I like how the announcers are saying that the bills offense is heating up. Their first string is playing against the second string. I would hope so….lol

  19. To me the story here is the apparent resurrection of Larry English’s career. Absolute bust as a 3-4 OLB in San Diego. Lovie gets him (he’s been there a week) moves him to DE and he gets 2 sacks against the Bills #1 offense. He’s so new to the team that NFL.com still has his jersey number and position wrong. (#51 and LB are what’s listed.. hes’ playing DE and wearing #74). The Bills suck, we all knew that.. but Larry English might be able to play and was just a square peg in a round hole.. that would be a surprise.

  20. Cleveland looks like geniuses because they get to have the 1st & 2nd pick next draft.

    Not to mention that they traded bust out Richardson for a 1st from Indianapolis which they used to get Manziel.
    ================================

    Wow. If the Browns play this right, and Manziel turns out to be the player they hope he is, they could have a team that could run into the playoffs for years to come.

  21. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t EJ Manuel projected as a late second round/early third round pick? It was only the Bills who anointed him as first round worthy.

  22. Wheres that Bills fan guy Kgun80 or something like that was talkin this morning about how EJ was a stud QB while Geno was a bust? LOL I bet he doesn’t show up now.

    Your definitely a Jets fan reading comprehension is not your strong suit. I compared Geno and EJ… Gave you the stats from last season. EJ and the rest of the offense didn’t look good that’s true but well see what happens in the regular season. I don’t think they’ll be a high powered offense and with a good D they don’t need to be. I don’t think they are as bad as they looked. I’ll still say EJ is better then Geno and the Bills are better then the Jets.
    Think about it? If the Bills are so bad? Shouldn’t you be embarrassed since they smoked the Jets 37-10 last year?

  23. With the 1st pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns (through Buffalo from the Sammy Watkins trade) select…

    With the 32nd pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select (after trading back from #2 :/ )

    Also, just a small clarification, the Browns received the Bills 1st and 4th rd picks for 2015, not 1st and 2nd as someone mentioned above.

  24. will buffalo ever figure it out? so much talent on both sides of the ball on that team but every year the QB and coaching staff is doo doo

  25. Commenting off the bench. . . says:
    Aug 23, 2014 6:58 PM
    Cleveland looks like geniuses because they get to have the 1st & 2nd pick next draft.

    Not to mention that they traded bust out Richardson for a 1st from Indianapolis which they used to get Manziel.
    ================================

    Wow. If the Browns play this right, and Manziel turns out to be the player they hope he is, they could have a team that could run into the playoffs for years to come.

    MANY WON’T ADMIT THIS:..But, other than QB, Browns have assembled one of the most talented rosters in NFL, definite top 5 talent level…other than QB

    Manziel…is not ready for NFL, and he may never be anything more than a backup….So, Browns may find themselves w/#1-3 draft pick next year…and use it on a …QB…that can play.

  26. The Bills reached when they drafted Manuel. He was the 3rd best QB at Florida State and is best suited as a backup …in the CFL. He is a taller version of Tavarius Jackson.

    Bills 3-13 confirmed and Marrone gets fired.

  27. Bucs fans bragging about their defense against the Bills offense is like an 8 year old bragging about beating up a toddler. Hold the celebration.

  28. Any1 have the winning lotto powerball numbers for next week…since y’all know the bills record in 8 months…anyone???….they can put it together as much as they’ll finish 3-13…they have a lot of talent…. And to ride Manziel’s b$LLS AND GENO’s… Really GENO.. The worse statistically QB in the league last yr…But I guess Manuel having better stats than GENO means nothing???….give him more than 10 games and 17 preseason series…idiots

  29. Wrong!

    EJ will be better than Brady, Manning and Montana.

    Buffalo is the new powerhouse.

    All other teams are cowards.

    I love the greatest city on Earth, BUFFALO!

  30. jason9696 says:

    “The Buffalo Bills have one of the best fan bases in all of the NFL. Too bad their team has been lousy for years. This year doesn’t look like it’s going to be much better either.”

    ——————————————————————————-

    No they don’t. I’ve been to many Bills games over the years and their fan base is par at best. They don’t even play in Buffalo. What makes a fan base great? Selling out when your team stinks? Nope, they don’t do that. Don’t forget they had a pretty good team for a long time that could win almost every game they played. Except that last one anyway.

  31. Pre-season overreaction is the sport of the day. I’ll reserve judgement until the real bullets fly.

    Having said that, EJ is still more hope than evidence at this point. They’ll win more games than last year because it looks like this defense can stop the run, but EJ will have to be at least a middle of the league QB to get to 10 wins.

  32. Can’t mention Russell bc he’s got something your team will ever dreamed of, Super Bowl Ring and as far as for Bridgewater, can’t say anything either bc he’s showed flashes and analyst say he’s got a bright future unlike Manuel. You’re just jealous I mean very jealous.

  33. But artvan15 is definitely NOT a racist.
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    artvan15 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 5:53 PM
    Why don’t the Bills sign Vince Young?

    Come on……Bridgewater, Geno Smith, Vince Young, Manuel, Russell, Pryor are all garbage. When are theses teams going to learn?

  34. mistrezzrachael says:
    There are some Bills fans out here…that have talked some pretty big stuff….Where are they now?
    =====

    You realize its preseason right ? They play the same defense in week 1 so they weren’t probably tyring to bow thier wad on a preseason game. Either Way come talk to me during week 4 of the regular season

  35. Offense needs a kick. Start Jeff Tuel at QB and Bryce Brown at RB. and let them play a half. Go back to Manuel and Spiller/Jackson for the second half, no matter the score. Compare. Move forward.

  36. The Bills Organization is so sad to have passed up on Geno Smith just on the perception of smugness; instead, giving the key to the franchise to EJ Manuel who, although looks great in uniform, has only one-tenth of the talent that Timmy Tebow has. Buffalo, when are you going to learn.

  37. i’m so happy we got 5 preseason games to prove we cant do it this year instead of the regular 4 that normally keeps us pondering. when does hockey season start?

  38. This kid is just not really good. He wasn’t that good at FSU …bad picks…bad vision…bad team…
    I actually feel bad for the Bills.
    cut bait and try again fellas…before its too late.

  39. Ok, the opening season game with the Bears is looking to be a real ‘POS’ game…I can’t figure out if it will be 49-48 or 3-2….Neither Team, at this point, is even worth VIEWING!!

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