PHOENIX (AP) — The mood of Buffalo's players and the Bills' performance the last two weeks have a lot in common, defensive tackle Kyle Williams says.
"We stink," Williams said. "We have stunk the last two weeks." Williams said. "It seems we have a long, long way to go. We have to figure out a way to get better." I am still optimistic about where we could go. "There's a difference between being disappointed and discouraged. We've got a lot of football left to play, but that being said, we have to get a lot better fast."
Coupled with a 52-28 loss to New England the previous week, the Bills high-priced defense has proven porous, having surrendered a combined 1,201 yards a franchise mark and the most by an NFL team in consecutive weeks since 1950, when the New York Yanks allowed 1,227
The Bills (2-3) find themselves in crisis upon arriving at their resort in Phoenix, where they'll spend the week preparing for Sunday's game against Arizona. Buffalo elected to stay out west rather than fly home after playing at San Francisco in a bid to save on travel time.
And this trip is proving to be no vacation for an underperforming team that's already facing questions about whether its defense is as good as advertised this offseason.
Following a franchise worst 5,938 yards surrendered last season, the Bills raised expectations by signing defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract and tackle Mark Anderson to a four-year $27 million deal.
The Bills have been outscored 90-17 over the past six quarters. Against New England, Buffalo became only the second NFL team to allow two receivers and two rushers to break 100 yards and against the 49ers the Bills became the first team to allow 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing.