“So I go home at night. Cause I never get invited to go drinking with the other guys. And I sit in my chair and I soak my foot.
As I eat a plate of cold French fries. And my wife’s out with her quote unquote friend. And my son can’t look me in the eye. But that’s the life I live… the Lonesome Kicker.” – Adam Sandler
Intermittently, some Monday morning quarterbacks on the radio suggest that they would not ever punt. Allegedly, a punter would not be essential occupying a roster spot. The thought behind that strategy is based on the valuable and limited possessions of the football in a given game. Why give it back to the opponent? It sounds good in theory, I guess. They even pull out some cherry picked analytics to give credibility to their suggestion.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
I bring this up only based on Carolina’s lack of a healthy placekicker in the Buffalo Bills’ victory Sunday in Orchard Park. This is not apples to apples as no one suggest not having a field goal and extra point kicker. That said, certain radio folks also suggest kickoffs are a waste and each team should start on the 20 yard line.
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone.
Well, Carolina found out – when substituting a field goal try by going for it on 4th and long – turning the ball over on downs can be costly. If these situations were not in long field goal areas on the field, but they chose not punt, the opponent takes over on downs in a similar way. The opponent takes over with even a shorter field than not kicking field goals if the 4th down is not converted.
“The punt returner got smacked like Nancy Kerrigan’s knee on souvenir pipe night.” – Dennis Miller
“Keep in mind, when you hit rock bottom, there ain’t nowhere to go but up, baby.” – Ludacris
I am a huge fan of the Bills being more aggressive and going for it on 4th and short more often. When the games on the line and a comeback is needed, going for it on 4th and long is obviously worthy of the risk. The idea of never punting, especially with a strong defense like the Bills have is simply ludicrous. I know, different spelling from Ludacris, I am crafty like that. Keep it simple.
“Is simplicity best. Or simply the easiest.
The narrowest path. Is always the holiest.” – Depeche Mode
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week
Josh Allen tossed two TDs to Gabriel Davis and one to Stefon Diggs. He threw for 210 yards in the Bills’ solid 31-14 win over the Carolina Panthers.
The Buffalo Bills appeared to actually use a feature back as opposed to the previous rotation. Devin Singletary carried the ball 15 times, rushing for 86 yards and took one in for six.
FOURTH DOWN DEFENSE
The defenders from the Queen City improved on their already impressive numbers stopping opponents on fourth down attempts. They entered this week ranked 4th with an outstanding 41 percent success rate. Keep in mind most teams are not going for it on 4th and long. The Carolina attempts were triggered by an injury to the field goal kicker.