Tyler Dunne: Last week was ugly, no question. The passing game looked as bad as it did at Drew Bledsoe and J.P. Losman's worst moments. Good thing the game was blacked out in Syracuse, N.Y. Sure would have turned off that pool of fans. Still, I'm not ready to cross this team off quite yet. The defense has shown a lot of fight. As injuries spread like a virus, the unit has replenished and reloaded. Players will heal as the season progresses.
Offensively, I think the Bills will climb out of this funk. Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch should form a potent tandem and Trent Edwards has nowhere to go but up after last week. Remember, this team is one Leodis McKelvin fumble away from being 2-1. No, I'm not saying Buffalo is a playoff team quite yet. But it's not unreasonable to say they'll be in the mix come December. The offense has talent. It's just a matter of it coming together.
Q: What kind of job security does Coach Dick Jauron have?
TD: Tenuous at best. Another losing season and Jauron will probably be gone. He should have been canned after last year's epic collapse from 4-0 to 7-9. In recent memory, no team in any sport has regressed from contender to pretender so sharply. That's coaching, period. For some reason — probably money — Jauron was retained. If the Bills tank this season with all those weapons on offense, Jauron will be cut loose and rebuilding will restart yet again.
It'd be impossible for Buffalo to sell Jauron to the fan base for another season.
Q: What is your prediction for Sunday's game, and why?
TD: There sure is a lot of turmoil at One Bills Drive. T.O. is chirping over the media's line of questioning and Rodney Harrison, both juvenile Owensisms. Edwards is under fire again. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is under fire. The offense in general is under fire. But, believe it or not, this core group has responded well under similar adversity in the past. After Losman's surreal fumble cost the Bills the game in the Meadowlands last year, Buffalo stunned the Denver Broncos the following week. And merely days after firing their offensive coordinator, the Bills somehow nearly upset heavily favored New England. I think the Sunshine State will be a fresh breath of air for the Bills. Buffalo 24, Miami 14.