BALTIMORE – They’re the names fantasy owners know – the players who are supposed to carry the Buffalo Bills’ offense.
Sunday, however, running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin barely made an impact in a 47-3 humiliation at the hands of the Ravens inside M&T Bank Stadium.
“This is my first time really ever having lost like this, so I don't even know how to act,” Benjamin said in a quiet postgame locker room. “You have to just push through it.”
Benjamin finished with one catch for a measly 10 yards despite leading the team with seven targets.
“The timing was off,” he said. “I mean, everything was off. Weather was crazy. I guess it just wasn't meant to be.”
Benjamin had a couple chances to make plays for the offense, including in the second quarter when he couldn’t come up with a contested catch as Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey played tight coverage.
“I mean, I had it,” Benjamin said. “It just seemed like, once you hit the ground, that impact just bounces the ball out. It was just so slippery and so wet.” Benjamin also let a would-be touchdown catch go through his hands in the second half.
“Yeah, that one went straight through me,” he said. “I mean, the weather played a big part in the game today, but you can't make that as an excuse, because we had a lot of penalties. I mean, we had a lot of stuff that we messed up on. As an offense, we looked terrible. Let's be honest.”
McCoy carried the ball seven times for just 22 yards, and had one reception that went for a loss of a yard.
“We got off to a very bad start,” he said. “It seemed like we came out flat. Collectively, we didn’t play well. It wasn’t one guy’s fault, it was all of us.”
McCoy is in his first season as team captain.
“The first thing I’ll tell everyone is that there’s no finger pointing around here,” he said. “We’ll look at the film and make corrections. It’s early in the season. We only lost one game.”
That was a familiar refrain in the locker room, but it’s hard to come out of that performance feeling like the Bills can have any sort of sustained offensive success this year. That’s especially true given that they’ve got an unsettled (to be fair) quarterback situation.
“We can’t use that as an excuse,” McCoy said. “Our offense was ready to go. In the preseason, each quarterback had his fair share of snaps. We should’ve been prepared, no matter who was playing quarterback.”
The challenge now will be to make sure that’s the case Sunday, when the team hosts the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener.