Friday, October 12, 2012

Bills' Jackson: We haven't done anything to help 'D'


The Buffalo Bills are giving up a league-most 35.2 points per game, which isn't a good look for a defense that was highly-touted before the season.

But the Bills' offense hasn't been much help, as Buffalo has a minus-4 turnover ratio. The Bills are also coming off a blowout loss the the San Francisco 49ers that saw them score just three points and convert just two third downs.

"That is just it. Our defense has taken a lot of heat, but we have not done anything to help them as an offensive unit," Fred Jackson told reporters Thursday, according to the Bills' website. "... We have not made big plays consistently in our offense for the last two weeks and that is hurting us. We have to be able to establish the running game with myself and C.J. (Spiller). We have to get that going early. If we do that it is going to take some pressure off of myself and everybody else in the offense."

"We have turned the ball over and teams have taken advantage of that and gotten points off of them. We have to eliminate that and we have to convert third downs. ... To get points and sustain drives, you have to be able to convert third downs and that is going to be a big part of what we do. If we can get that done, eliminate the turnovers, then we can be a pretty dangerous offense."

Sunday, Buffalo will be up against a very good Arizona Cardinals defense that has gotten off the field on 67 percent of third downs and has recovered six of seven fumbles. The Cardinals have also held opposing quarterbacks to a 73.7 QB rating.

Numbers aside, Jackson called this game a "must-win," as a loss would put the Bills at 2-4 and probably out of the picture for the division title, barring the very unlikely event the highly-superior New England Patriots struggle for the rest of the season.

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