A few short weeks ago….wait, make that a few long weeks ago, I wrote words to the following effect, here at this blog…
The good news is, the Buffalo Bills are in a playoff spot right now. Making the playoffs is in their hands. They don’t have to depend on another team to beat another team. The playoffs are in the Buffalo Bills hands. The playoff spot is theirs to lose.
And so they went about doing just that.
In New York, on a Thursday night national game, they were embarrassing in their loss.
At home, after a bye week, they got embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints.
So why not make it three in a row? Let’s just yank any playoff hopes our fans have right out of their addled brains. Let’s go out to the west coast and see how badly we can really embarrass ourselves. Again.
Let me make this clear. If you had told me, this past summer, that the 2017 Buffalo Bills will have a record of 5-5 at Thanksgiving, I would have said that sounded about right, and I would be pleased with the general progress the new coaching and administrative staff had made.
So, here they are, with a record of 5 wins and 5 loses, at Thanksgiving.
Then why am I on the verge of giving up my 49 years of fandom?
It’s not that they are 5-5, it’s how they got to 5-5.
It’s the way they built up our emotions, and ripped our hearts out of our chests. Let’s not just lose 3 games in a row, let’s make sure we are embarrassing in doing so.
I don’t have an answer for you, Bills fans. Not this week.
The only thing I can recommend, to fix this, is for the Bills to go out and find an opponent for this week that has been losing in a similarly embarrassing fashion.
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The Vikings. They’ve got that certain thing going on. The kind of thing you can’t really put your finger on, but is necessary for success. They’ve got it.
Did the Buffalo Bills lose to a legit team last week? Are the L.A. Chargers better than maybe we thought they were? Or, are the Cowboys worse than we thought they were?
The Washington Redskins. Flip a coin.
For the Thanksgiving week games, we usually start to see important playoff implication games. Not too many this week, though. The Saints and the Rams have a big one, obviously.
For Bills fans, though, there are a couple of games to keep an eye on, if we are seriously thinking about the team getting back on track and saving the season. The Ravens and the Texans is one to watch. I guess the Raiders and the Broncos, too – for the winner – the loser will pretty much be out of the running.
And oh yes, this game…the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs.
I’m not blaming Nathan Peterman. And I’m not blaming Sean McDermott.
I’m blaming Patrick DiMarco.
I know, you don’t lose a game with one play – with one mistake. And later, Nathan Peterman will add to the list of mistakes. But, Peterman hit DiMarco right in the hands. It could have been a nice little play, with positive yardage. Instead, it went off DiMarco’s hands, right into a pick 6 devastating reversal of fortune against Nathan Peterman, and the Buffalo Bills.
It’s public knowledge now, that Rick Dennison’s opening drive game script had 4 plays designed for Kelvin Benjamin. The first of them? A perfectly thrown ball by Peterman – threading needles – directly into the hands of Benjamin for a beautiful first down. The Bills were driving.
But wait…………………………………………………………….Benjamin is down.
Benjamin is being taken off the field. Benjamin is in the cart. Benjamin is out of the game.
Anticipating pass rushing pressure from the Chargers, let’s call a nice little bootleg misdirection screen pass to our fullback – no one will suspect a thing.
San Diego 7 – Buffalo 0. Let the embarrassment begin.
I turned the game off after the 2nd Peterman interception. I did.
That Sunday night, I lay in bed contemplating my 49 years of being a Bills fan. “I think I’m done”, I said to my wife.
Here I am, though. At least for one more week.
This is it, folks. The 2017 Buffalo Bills season is on the line today.
Both teams, the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, were riding high at Halloween. November was none to kind to either organization. And now, both teams find themselves still in the playoff hunt, for now.
Kansas City is coming off an extremely embarrassing loss to the New York Giants last week, and have lost 4 of their last 5 games, after starting the season 5-0. They are searching for answers, too.
One of these two teams has to win, today. They will feel like they’ve gotten a monkey off of their back. They will feel as if they’ve figured it all out, and life will be good, at least for one more week.
One of these two teams has to lose today.
The game is in Kansas City.
I just want one thing…for the game not to be another embarrassment for my team.
Tyrod Taylor gets the start, again. I see the team improving a bit, maybe even making the game competitive. But something is wrong with the team. They’ve lost their mojo. I don’t think they do enough to win the game.
Kansas City 27 – Buffalo 20
Read me next week.
Editor’s babble: We feel your pain, Rick… and thank you for writing what was surely a painful post. You can follow Rick on Twitter @MyHammock.