Bills: No Huddle? No Offense.

After a strong start, Buffalo's offense has struggled with their return to the no-huddle...

No-huddle?

No problem.

But there's no offense.

That's the situation facing the Buffalo Bills.

And with the fact they're playing on Sunday against the Browns, another team that had struggled mightily on offense until last Sunday, the first club to score at Ralph Wilson Stadium might be declared the winner.

The Bills, who have lost two straight and at 1-3 are just a game better than the 0-4 Browns, started off the season impressively – both offensively and as a team -- as they unveiled their version of the no-huddle offense they made so famous in the early 1990s with four straight trips to the Super Bowl . They had the New England Patriots beaten in the opener before somehow finding a way to lose, 25-24, then they kept it going offensively in a 33-20 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But the last two games have been disasters. They got hammered 38-10 last Sunday by the previously winless Miami Dolphins, and two weeks ago were ground down 27-7 by the New Orleans Saints.

That is why the Bills are struggling in a lot of key statistical categories, being tied for 23rd place in the 32-team NFL in points scored per game with an average of 18.5,  ranking 26th in total yards at 290.8, and standing 24th in passing yards (180).

Quarterback Trent Edwards has been average at best. After throwing for 2,699 yards and completing 65.5 percent of his passes (245-of374) for a pretty good 85.4 quarterback rating in 2008 and looking as if he might be ready to come of age, he is 70-of-111 (59.8) this year for five touchdowns and five interceptions for a 76.5 rating.

All this despite the fact he has two nice weapons in wide receivers Lee Evans of Bedford High School in suburban Cleveland and Josh Reed. Evans in third on the team in receptions with 10, good for 148, while Reed is just ahead of him with 11 for 109 yards.

Running back Fred Jackson is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, having 333 yards on 70 tries. He's also – by far – the Bills' leader in receptions with 18.

That should be enough to be better offensively – even with the shambles of an offensive line the Bills have, with the fact last week was the first time running back Marshawn Lynch was active after serving an NFL-imposed suspension.

And, oh yes, the Bills have another wideout, someone from Alexander City, Ala. who went to play at tiny Tennessee-Chattanooga. His name is Terrell Owens, known better as T.O. Perhaps you've heard of him.

Owens shocked everyone by signing a one-year contract with Buffalo – Buffalo --in the offseason.

In a way, Owens' interest in Buffalo shocked the Bills, too. That's especially true for head coach Dick Jauron if you read between the lines of what he said Wednesday in a conference call with the Cleveland media.

"We got involved in the process quickly to find out if they (Owens and his representatives) had any interest in us, and when they said they did, we proceeded," he said.

Kind of like the average-looking senior boy asking shyly if the drop-dead cheerleading captain would even entertain the thought of going to prom with him. That is, a cheerleading captain who is stuck on herself and flies off the handle.

The Bills proceeded with the pursuit of Owens even though they were fully aware his past indicates he's a walking time bomb, ready to explode emotionally at any moment and potentially cause a Niagara Falls-rift in the team if things don't go exactly the way he thinks they should? After all, the Cowboys, who are desperate to go to the Super Bowl and christen their $1 billion stadium the right way, and who have a long history of taking chances on players with less-than-stellar behavior, finally washed their hands of Owens after three seasons in which he had Hall of Fame statistics but also Hall of Shame personal conduct in some regards.

"It was not a real difficult decision for us to pursue him," Jauron said. "His numbers have been really terrific in his career, and he has a tremendous work ethic."

We'll leave the "tremendous work ethic" comment alone, but while Owens' numbers have indeed been tremendous in his career, they're certainly not that way now.

Yes, Owens is averaging an impressive 19.8 yards per catch, but the down side – and it's a big one – is that he has just eight receptions, putting him a distant fifth on the team.

To put that fact into perspective, Owens has had 19 games in his 14-year career in which he has had eight or more grabs. Six times he has had at least 10 catches in a game.

So to say he has been under-utilized is a vast understatement. Jauron said it's the fault of the Bills, not that of Owens, that they have not gotten the utmost from him to this point.

That type of falling-on-your-sword statement by Jauron sounds good and may placate Owens for a while, but in the past when things of that nature have occurred, it's given the receiver a reason to go off on one of his tirades.

But Jauron doesn't seem concerned.

"The peripheral things, I don't deal with them," he said. "It's around me, but I'm not around it."

Hmmm. With the questions if the Browns got enough in return in Wednesday's trade of Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets, maybe head coach Eric Mangini should have also called Jauron to see if he would have been interested in trading for the wide receiver, a T.O wanna-be.


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