The one thing that I have a problem with on this Thanksgiving

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I tend not to write about things that doesn’t involved football as it can be a Pandora’s box.

However, there is one thing that I have a problem with on this Thanksgiving that I need to talk about.

For the first time ever stores like Sears and Walmart are  staying open on Thanksgiving to try and boost their sales for the holidays. I have a problem with that as Thanksgiving should be about family, and not shopping.

Don’t get me wrong there should be some stores open like gas stations and supermarkets as people do need gas to get to places and sometimes forget food. However, there is no good reason for a department store to be open on Thanksgiving.

We all know that Thanksgiving was created as a way to say thanks to the food that we have ,but thanks to businesses it is turning into a shopping holiday.  The way it is going Thanksgiving is going to get turned into a shopping holiday.

I know that we live in a capitalist society and business can basically do what they want, but being open on Thanksgiving is going too far.  The sad part is that many don’t care as long as they can save a few bucks in the process of shopping for Christmas.

That is the problem with our country.  We have turned from a country filled with morals and ideals into a what have you done for me lately. Even pulling your car over to help a motorist in trouble is sacrilegious as god forbid it could be a trap.

In the end, hopefully I am wrong and this year turns out to be an aberration for it will be a sad day when Thanksgiving turns into a complete shopping holiday.

Bills may never pick a quarterback

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Many Buffalo Bills fans are hoping that the team will draft a quarterback in the first round come April’s National Football League Draft.

However, the Bills may never draft one at all.

Many Bills fans are forgetting about a quarterback with the way the offense has been going, and that is Brian Brohm.

The Bills signed Brohm off the Green Bay Packers practice squad in the middle of last season.

Usually, when a team hire a new general manager he brings in his own head coach and scouting department. However, the only thing Buddy Nix did was bring in his own head coach.

Typically, head coaches have huge egos and feel they can turn chicken crap into chicken salad.

Head coach Chan Gailey will most likely not be able to resist giving Brohm a chance to be a starter, because of the talent that he poseses. Also, if he were to turn Brohm into a franchise quarterback the Bills offense would be even more dangerous than it is now.

In the end, Bills fans can forget about drafting a quarterback.

One thing Bills fans may not realize

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On Tuesday for the first time I caught WECK’s Brad Riter play the Kasper’s Korner game. While they were reading one article, Brad mentioned Kyle William’s two plays before the half in last Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Right there I realized something.

What I realized is that I failed to mention that the technique that defensive linemen use in the middle of the field is different than what they use in goalline and second and third down or one.

In the middle of the field defensive lineman are told to get penetration to disrupt plays and keep offensive lineman off the linebackers.

Goalline and a downs with less than one yard is a totally different ball of wax due to it being such a short distance.

What defensive lineman are taught from high school all the way to the NFL is don’t worry about getting penetration and fire out of your stance low into the offensive lineman. That way they cannot get any leverage on you to push you back.

Offensive linemen to counter this either just push the defensive lineman down to the ground or try to fire out lower than the defensive lineman. The later is more common and is why you typically see something that resembles a rugby scrum with runningbacks diving over the top.

In the end, hopefully you understand now that when a defensive player makes a play along the goalline it means nothing as with the short field and this technique they are the ones with the advantage.

Turnstile no longer a Bill

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The Buffalo Bills were left scrambling after right tackle Brad Butler suddenly retired earlier this year, and made a huge error in the process.

The human turnstile known as offensive tackle Cornell Green is no longer a Bill.

According to National Football Post, the Bills have released Green from injured reserve.

Green was signed in free agency to replace Butler, but was nothing short of a disaster. Green started in five games before his season ended to injury.

In the end, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

For the first time

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Going into the season I didn’t know what to expect except for the fact that the Buffalo Bills wouldn’t make the playoffs again this year, which has led me to not really root for them to win all year long.

With the way that the offense is play as of late I have finally found myself root for the Bills again.

It is amazing how fun it is to watch a Bills football game when they actually have a decent offense.  The last time I had this much fun was back when Jim Kelly was the team’s quarterback.

I always thought this team had some talent, especially on offense, and with the right coach they could explode.  That has finally happened this year under head coach Chan Gailey.

The Bills may not win another game this year, but it won’t be due to a lack of effort or points as you are sure to get that the rest of the way.  The problem has been the run defense since defensive tackle Pat Williams left the team in  free agency.

In the end, it has finally fun to be a Bills fan in so many years.

Bills stats that are eye-popping

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Since Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the offense in week three the offense has been completely different than what it was in the first two weeks.

So, I thought I do a little research on where the offense ranks in those eight games, and the numbers that I found are eye-popping.

Average rushing yards per a game: 120.375 rank 10th in NFL

Average passing yards per a game: 245.125 rank 12th in NFL

Average total offensive yards per a game: 365.5 rank 9th in NFL.

Since Fitzpatrick has taken over the offense it has been a top 10 offense in the NFL. So, my question is why doe the Bills need to draft a quarterback?

They don’t as the only reason why the Bills are losing football games is that they don’t have a legitimate pass rusher and a nose tackle that can clog the middle. If the Bills were winning games people all over the country would be saying that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a possible MVP candidate, but since they aren’t the talk is do they need a quarterback.

The fact of the matter is what Bills fans want is wins and the offense has clearly done more than its fair share to get those.

In the end, lets forget about the offense and start worrying about that piece of crap nose tackle Kyle Williams, because if the linebacker were the problem the pass defense wouldn’t be ranked ninth in the NFL.

Outside the turnovers Bills defense was terrible

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The Buffalo Bills pulled off a huge come from behind win partly due to the defense holding the Cincinnati Bengals to zero points in the second half.

Outside of the turnovers the Bills defense was just terrible.

Bengals running back Cedric Benson amassed 124 yards on 25 carries for a fiver yards a carry average with one touchdown. Lets face it that total would have been a lot more if it wasn’t for the Bengals falling behind.

As for the passing game Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was 19 of 34 230 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Also, Palmer lead the Bengals to two long drives in the second half of one of which was 14 plays and 6:37 long and a 15 play 5:55 drive. Neither of which scored points as on the first one Palmer threw an interception in the endzone and the other was a missed field goal.

Lets face it if this was a good team like the Pittsburgh Steelers the Bills would have lost a close game.

In the end, the only way the Bills will win another football game is when the defense creates turnovers.

Bills fans get their wish

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Buffalo Bills fans have been clamoring for a second stud wide receiver to go along with wide receiver Lee Evans.

Bills have gotten their wish in third year wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

Johnson is the talk of the NFL after catching eight passes for 137 yards and three touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals, along with writing why so serious on a shirt underneath his jersey. This is the third time this year Johnson has caught eight or more passes and over 125 yards receiving in a game.

Even if teams double team Johnson and Evans they still have to contend with rookie wide receivers David Nelson and Donald Jones who have both proven to be solid third wide receivers.  Nelson has been huge for the Bills on third downs as pretty much every game this year has caught one pass a game for a huge first down on third down, and that is not even including a always dangerous Roscoe Parrish.

In the end, the Bills arguably may have the best stable of wide receivers in the entire NFL.

Up goes Frazier

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The inevitable has happened as after a embarassing 31-3 loss to he Green Bay Packers the Minnesota Vikings have fired Brad Childress.

So, up goes Frazier.

The Vikings have announced that defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season.  Frazier finally gets his chance at being a head coach after numerous interviews for open head coaching positions.

The question is now will Brett Farve stick around as he already has said he is definitely retiring at the end of this year.  Farve has been riddled with injuries this year as his body is clearly giving out on him. If is serious about retirement after this year then he should just call it a career now as the Vikings are not going to make the playoffs this year.

Another question is how will the Vikings react to the coaching change?

Usually, players will be fired up to win for a head coach, especially the very first week.  However, that won’t be easy as the Vikings take on the Washington Redskins this Sunday. Actually, Frazier may have to wait for a while for his first win as a head coach as after the Redskings they take on the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions to end the season.

The problem is the defense is nearly not as good as last year they were ranked sixth in the NFL in defense.  This year they are ranked 10 in defense, which in turn limits the number of chances the offense can get. So, it is not a surprise that the offense is struggling as well.

In the end, the Vikings have a lot of work to do to get back to the level they were playing last year.

As much as things change somethings stay the same

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As time passes things always change and that is no different in the National Football League.

However, as much as things change some things still remain the same.

Passing in the NFL has become easier and more prevalent due to rule changes and the wide spread use of the spread offense.  That in turn has allowed quarterbacks to put up some big numbers. The fact of the matter is though having a top notch quarterback won’t translate to wins in the NFL.

Of the top 10 quarterbacks in passing yards five if them are on teams with .500 or worst records. Them being San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, and Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Of those teams the only difference is that the Chargers’ special teams are a disaster.  The four remaining teams have defenses that are ranked 18 or worst in the NFL.

In the past there was a saying that was used commonly.  That is in order to win the Superbowl you have to be good in all three areas offense, defense and special teams.

In the end, as the saying goes offense wins games, defense wins championships.