After watching the tape of Sunday's 34-3 loss to the New England Patriots, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was his own worst critic.
Fitzpatrick, who is the main reason the Bills (4-11), who will miss the playoffs for an 11th consecutive season, were palatable to watch this season, suffered through his worst game.
His streak of throwing a TD pass was snapped at 15 games and he also committed five of the team's seven turnovers with three interceptions and two fumbles.
"We got embarrassed out there," Fitzpatrick said. "If you look at offensively what happened, it was turnovers. I'm the guy that you've got to look at with that. There's some stuff that I just need to do better, play smarter. To me, I feel like it's correctable. It's an easy fix."
Fitzpatrick was more sore than normal after the game and could be given a rest day on Wednesday when the team begins preparations for its final game, at the New York Jets (10-5).
Fitzpatrick, who joined the Bills in 2009 as a free agent, went from backup to Trent Edwards to starter and has put together a career year.
He's thrown for 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns, both career highs, and made his claim to continue as the club's starting quarterback. Even during Sunday's awful showing, Fitzpatrick completed two passes of 40-plus yards. In just two seasons, he's already 10th on the team's career passing yardage list.
Coach Chan Gailey lent Fitzpatrick a shoulder to cry on after the game, so to speak.
"I just talked to him about (how) everybody has tough days," Gailey said. "There's not much you can say to Ryan that he doesn't already know -- he knows. He's not a young guy. He's played. He understands. He watched film by himself. We watched it together. We've just got to get back to basics with him and let him continue to do what he was doing before (Sunday)."
Fitzpatrick is eager to move on.
"There were times we moved the ball really well. Really, it came down to me turning the ball over and it's hard to come in here the day after the game knowing that you let your teammates down," he said. "It's one of those things where I've got to come in and look them in the face and show up. I can only do what I can do, which is continue to work hard, continue to prepare and help the guys that I'm playing with. We're going to be fine, but it's just hard to get over only because of me feeling like I let the guys down."
Fitzpatrick Not Happy With His Performance
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