COACHING: Good bounce back from Jets debacle, particularly on offense. But staff was unable to get defense to shore up. Grade: C
OFFENSE: Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid, throwing three TDs, including two to Steve Johnson and a 45-yard streak to Lee Evans. Twenty-six points is a good output. Grade: B
DEFENSE: Had two takeaways but yielded three touchdown passes, more than 200 yards rushing and scores on 8-of-10 possessions. Grade: D-minus
SPECIAL TEAMS: Forced fumble on first punt of the game, setting up Bills first TD and Brian Moorman boomed a 61-yarder late in the first half. But kickoff coverage was horrendous and fake punt blew up in their face. Grade: C-minus.
OVERALL: Chan Gailey has tied Lou Saban for second worst start by a Bills head coach. Only Jim Ringo’s 0-9 start in 1976 was worse. Grade: C-minus.
Award-winning columnist and author Scott Pitoniak has covered the Bills since 1985 and has written five books about the team, including the recently published, Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons, which is available at any book store, the Bills team stores and Amazon.com. You can read more by Scott at www.scottpitoniak.com .