To borrow a line from Art Linkletter, NFL analysts say the darndest things. I almost fell off my chair Sunday when CBS analyst Dan Fouts suggested the Bills think about kicking a field goal when they had a first down on the Oakland 14-yard line with about four minutes left in their 24-23 victory over the Raiders.
Fouts was saved by play-by-play Don Criqui, who asked him if he would kick with Oakland ahead, 23-14, and the Bills needing two scores. Fouts then backtracked, saying that Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was on such a roll that he would go for a touchdown now and worry about a field goal later.
In asking the question, Criqui seemed to realize that the Bills probably were in a better position to score a needed touchdown on the 14-yard line than they might be if they immediately kicked a field goal and eventually got the ball back.
The Bills scored on the play after Fouts' bizarre suggestion, stopped the Raiders offense on their next possession and got in position for Rian Lindell's winning 38-yard field goal at the buzzer to win 24-23.
What did you think of Fouts' comment?
-- Alan Pergament