For the fifth time in his career, Ryan Fitzpatrick was AFC player of the week.
He earned the award at the expense of the Bills defense.
Fitz carved the Bills up for 374 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ 37-31 win in Buffalo last Thursday.
Things don’t get any easier for the Bills this week, when Carson Palmer and the high-powered Cardinals come to town.
“He’s an all-pro quarterback. He’s probably one of the best in the business right now,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “He’s your prototypical 6-5, stout, pocket quarterback that sees everything and is very accurate. If you want to beat those type of guys, especially with the type of weapons he has on the outside in Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, Michael Floyd, he’s got a whole crew. You have to disturb him.”
Getting pressure on the quarterback would go a long way towards slowing Arizona down. The Bills have five sacks on the season, but only one came against the Jets.
“Anytime you can get to the quarterback fast, it’s easier on the secondary,” corner Stephon Gilmore said. “We put our hands on the receiver and allow them to get to the quarterback, it goes hand in hand. It’s not really much on who’s blitzing. We just gotta be in it as a team.”
The Cardinals had the second most proficient passing offense last season and they are eight so far this year, with five TD passes.
The Bills offense has just three total touchdowns through two games.
“It’s gonna be tough to beat that, but we’re a competitive group and no matter what the size is, we’re going to be competitive to the ball,” safety Aaron Williams said. “Our job is to get that ball to our offense and we got to do a lot better job of going after that ball.”