AFC East: Bills Still Support Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick had the Bills 'Bill-ieving' this could be the year. Now that they're in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, questions surrounding the QB are everywhere. Some Bills are still throwing their support behind the Harvard guy, but for how much longer?

Gailey remains in Fitzpatrick's corner

   Coach Chan Gailey said he hasn't lost any confidence in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but as the Bills limp toward the finish line with a seven-game losing streak in tow, his argument is becoming less and less convincing.

   When the Bills (5-9) host the Broncos (8-5) on Saturday in the home season finale, Fitzpatrick's ears will still be ringing from the boos he heard in Sunday's dismal showing against AFC East rival Miami at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

   While Fitzpatrick wound up with 316 yards passing and two TDs, most of that came during a garbage-time rally from a 30-13 deficit he helped create with three interceptions and horrible accuracy on several key third-down plays.

   Buffalo eventually lost 30-23 as was swept in the season series by the Dolphins (5-9).

   "Our defense held us in the game, so it's hard for me to out there and turn the ball over three times and struggle like I did," said Fitzpatrick, who has been struggling ever since signing a six-year, $59 million contract extension in late October.

   "To have people angry and upset and you hear the boos ... but I'm a guy that's never going to stop playing, never going to stop fighting."

   During Buffalo's seven-game skid, Fitzpatrick has completed 57 percent of his passes (down from 68 percent) while throwing eight touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He has been wildly off target, and his chemistry with No. 1 receiver Steve Johnson has disappeared.

   Against the Dolphins, the Bills were 0-for-11 on third-down conversions with Fitzpatrick going 3-for-10 on third-down throws. His three completions were screen passes that came up short. He also overthrew Johnson and Derek Hagan on potential long TD throws.

   "I've got to be better, that's the bottom line," Fitzpatrick said.

   Indeed he does.

   While the Bills have been hit hard by injuries, including the loss of star running back Fred Jackson, Fitzpatrick has been unable to carry the team with his arm. On Sunday, Buffalo got a big game from second-year running back C.J. Spiller, who had 167 all-purpose yards, including a 24-yard TD run.

   However, mistakes put Buffalo in deep holes; the Bills had 11 penalties for 92 yards.

   "Everybody's not playing very good right now," Gailey said. "That's what we've got to turn around. We were playing extremely well early, and now we're not."

   As for Fitzpatrick, Gailey believes he will turn it around.

   "We've all seen him to do it," Gailey said. "We're a league of what have you done for me lately, and we haven't done it lately, so they're going to boo him and they're going to boo me. That's who they're going to boo."

   After hosting Denver, Buffalo closes the year at New England, which has won the division title and will be vying for playoff position.

   TRENDING: In losing the season series to Miami, Buffalo went a combined 0-for-23 on third downs.

   BY THE NUMBERS: Linebacker Chris Kelsay played in his 136th game, tying Ruben Brown and Rian Lindell for 27th place on the team's participation list.

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