Okay, I’m here to admit it, I was wrong.
I thought Rivera was learning and getting better. I joined my Jonestownesque brethren and drank the end of year Kool-Aid that he served up last season. And I’m paying the price.
But now, I’m officially off of the Rivera bandwagon, and make no mistake, I didn’t jump off . . . I was pushed.
What finally propelled me off of the wagon causing me to slam my head into the hard, unforgiving concrete of reality? Well, it was the following sequence that gave me deja vu while I was tumbling out:
- Third and 5 on the 25 with less than 2 minutes - the Panthers run
- Forth and 2 on the 21 with 1:45 - Kick the field goal
Why these two plays and not the Luke’s Pass Interference? Simple, no lessons were learned from the past. Let me break down the scenario I would have liked to have seen.
Considering how well the Panthers were moving the ball on the ground on the drive, I have no problem running on third down IF and only if we are planing on using all four downs.
So, I would have called the same run play on third down and then I would put Cam under center (I’m sick of running short yardage out of the shotgun) and called a good old fashioned QB Sneak.
The two most likely scenarios from that would be First Down, or Turn Over on Downs.
Panthers make the first down, game over. But what happens if Cam is stopped around the 20?
Well, the Bills get the ball in pretty much the same place (the 20) only this time, they are down by three, not six.
Let’s say everything else plays out the same way (including Luke’s Pass Interference). With six seconds left to pay I’m pretty sure the Bills would have gone for the sure tie, and kicked the field goal. Taking the game into overtime still giving the Panthers a chance to win.
But by playing it safe, Rivera kicked the field goal and me off of his bandwagon
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