Five observations from the Bills’ 22-0 loss to the Packers on Sunday:
LeSean McCoy said the plan on Sunday was to get him the football. He had said beforehand that he was ready to go after sitting out a week with injured ribs. Head coach Sean McDermott also felt McCoy was ready to be a major contributor, or he wouldn’t have played him.
But McCoy was scarcely a factor in the Bills’ 22-0 loss to the Packers. McCoy carried only five times for 24 yards, with a long rush of 11. On a day when the Bills needed to run well to beat the Packers, their running backs carried only 11 times for 39 yards (Chris Ivory had 15 yards on six runs.)
McCoy was asked in the dressing room after the game why he hadn’t gotten the ball more.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not sure. It was how the game went. We were down, I guess, so we tried to throw the ball. I’m not sure. I know the plan was to give me the ball. We’ll figure it out.”
After three games (he missed the win in Minnesota), McCoy has 21 carries for 85 yards. He was sixth in the NFL in rushing in 2016 and fourth a year ago. He has eight catches for just 41 yards.
Is he concerned about the lack of work? “Nah, nah. Not at all,” McCoy said. “I can’t worry about that. I’ve got to control what I can control and make plays.”
“I’m used to getting the ball a lot, but when the game is getting out of hand and we’re down early, you have to throw the ball. I understand it.”
McCoy is being diplomatic, but the guy has aspirations for the Hall of Fame. He’s the fourth-leading active rusher with 10,177 yards, behind Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.
If things don’t turn around soon, you might hear McCoy grousing about a lack of touches and murmurs about a possible trade.
-—Josh Allen was sacked seven times by the Packers, giving the Bills a league-leading 21 sacks allowed through four weeks. They entered the game tied for the most at 14 with the Seahawks and Browns.
That’s a pace for 84 sacks allowed, one quarter of the way through the season. The franchise record is 63, set in 1961 in the Bills' second AFL season. The team record since the merger is 60 sacks allowed in 1984.
The good news is it wouldn’t be an NFL record if they kept up the pace. The 1986 Eagles hold the record with a staggering 104 sacks allowed in a single season.
Randall Cunningham was sacked 72 times that year, in his second NFL season. Cunningham only started five games and attempted 209 passes that year. Ron Jaworski was sacked 22 times in ’86.
—-The Bills’ wide receivers, statistically the worst in the NFL through the first three weeks, had another unproductive day against the Packers, combining for just seven catches and 80 yards.
Zay Jones had nearly half of that total in garbage time. Jones had all four of his catches for 38 yards in the final 6:02 of action. When the game was in doubt, he was no factor, which has been a trend since he came into the league a year ago.
It says a lot that Jones is the Bills’ leading receiver with 10 catches for 144 yards and no touchdowns. Kelvin Benjamin had one catch Sunday, a 34-yard strike from Allen when he was wide open. Benjamin left the game later after suffering an apparent head injury in a collision with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
—-The Bills have been outscored for the season, 106-50, or an average of 14 points a game. They have been outscored in their losses by a combined 100-23, or 25.7 points a game.
In the first halves of their three losses, the Bills have been outscored, 70-6.
—-The Bills were shut out for the first time since the 2008 season finale, when the Patriots blanked them, 13-0, in Buffalo. Matt Cassel passed for 78 yards for New England that day.
The goose egg means it’s goodbye to kicker Stephen Hauschka’s streak of 113 straight games in which he scored a point.