There's still two weeks of football left, but the fat lady is singing for the Buffalo Bills. Sunday's 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins eliminated the team from playoff contention for the 16th consecutive season. Following the loss, here are five things I Bill-ieve.
The offensive line didn't make the trip
After being embarrassed by the Eagles last week, you'd think the offensive line would come out and try to prove it was a fluke. Instead, the line mailed it in on Sunday. Players struggled to open running lanes and missed blocks that put quite a bit of pressure on Tyrod Taylor throughout the game. The Bills quarterback was running for his life on Sunday and was sacked five times by the Redskins.
The right side of the line is an absolute mess but the left side hasn't been much better in the last two weeks. While the team has quite a few needs in the draft, the offensive line may suddenly be the frontrunner.
Chemistry is forming between Taylor and Watkins
If there is anything to be optimistic about going forward, it's the chemistry that is forming between Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins. In the six weeks leading up to the game, Taylor and Watkins connected for 569 yards and five touchdowns. Their hot streak continued on Sunday with Sammy Watkins catching five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Watkins now has 827 yards on the season and 680 yards receiving with seven TDs in the last seven weeks. Not too shabby. A first year starting quarterback and a second year wide receiver are getting on the same page. Look for the duo to end the season on a good note and continue to work on their chemistry in the offseason.
Buffalo is deep at running back
Buffalo needs to address quite a few areas on both sides of the ball in the offseason but running back isn't one of them. LeSean McCoy is still a top-tier running back in the NFL and Karlos Williams has proven to be an outstanding complement to McCoy. In addition to their top two, the Bills have stumbled their way into finding a solid third option in Mike Gillislee. On Sunday, Gillislee busted a run for 60 yards and a touchdown. Entering 2016, the Bills have a solid trio at running back.
McKelvin's a liability
The Redskins attacked Leodis McKelvin on Sunday and it proved to be a wise move. McKelvin was an absolute liability on the field. He gave up quite a few receptions and touchdowns to Washington and showed that his play doesn't match his salary. In the offseason, the Bills need to part ways with McKelvin. Don't be surprised if McKelvin is a part of a large defensive overhaul that also includes Mario Williams and Kyle Williams.
Dennis Thurman should be on the hot seat
It probably won't happen, but Rex Ryan should consider firing his buddy Dennis Thurman. The defense has been an absolute embarrassment this season and that continued on Sunday when the defense allowed the Redskins to find pay dirt five times. Ryan will probably keep Thurman around as the team transitions into a 3-4 defense in 2016 but he hasn't shown that he's deserving of a job based on his coaching this season.