Merry Christmas, to us!
T’was the day before Christmas, and all through BuffaloLand,
Bills fans were amazed, ‘cause the playoffs were at hand.
Though doubters are present, as the team heads to Mass bay,
Saint Belichick and the Patriots, still stand in the way.
Yes, our present this year, because we’ve been good, is this feeling we have, which we’ve missed for such a long, long, really, really long, long time.
Relevance: a: relation to the matter at hand b: practical and especially social applicability c: being relevant in the NFL playoff picture.
This, is our Merry Christmas to us. The first gift of Christmas, is the gift of relevance.
Coming into this holiday weekend, the Bills were the 6th seeded team in the AFC playoff race, lined up to play the Jacksonville Jaguars – if the playoffs were this weekend. But, they are not, and the Indianapolis Colts didn’t do the Bills any favors.
The Ravens knocked off the Colts 23-16 on Saturday and placed the Bills squarely back “in the hunt”. There are also more games to be played by other teams that will affect the final standings. The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers stand poised to thwart our Christmas wish.
And – there is next week too.
But for right now, for this one shining moment, we, the fans of the Buffalo Bills, are remain relevant in the NFL world. Truly a Christmas miracle.
Musings From Around the NFL
The Tennessee Titans are home against the L.A. Rams…go Rams.
The L.A. Chargers at playing in New York against the Jets…go Jets.
The Oakland Raiders play the Eagles on Christmas night…go Eagles.
And the Miami Dolphins visit the Kansas City Chiefs today…it’s complicated.
Oh, I know you are dying to know, despite losing Ezekiel Elliott for six weeks, and losing Carson Wentz down the stretch, I am in the finals of my fantasy league today. And I get Elliott back, for the championship!
Quality win against the Miami Dolphins.
It’s always nice to beat the Dolphins, but last week’s win was essentially a playoff win. How nice was it to see the offense be a vital part of that win?
It was a game worth celebrating, but as you know, there’s little time for that.
It’s Patriots time.
It’s been awhile since the Bills played a meaningful 15th game of the season against the Patriots. This one could be a doozy.
There are side stories, too. There is the “Gronk” issue. There is the Alex Guerrero distraction. These could help the Bills.
And, as much as we want to remember that these Patriots were beaten two weeks ago by the Miami Dolphins, we need to remember that the same Patriots went into Pittsburgh and beat the #1 AFC seeded team on their home field – no matter how they did it.
So, Merry Christmas to us. This is fun, isn’t it?
I’m going to let the eggnog do the talking today, and why not?
Buffalo 17 – New England 16
Read me next week!
Editor’s babble: Many thanks to Rick Bates for keeping us going throughout this tumultuous football season. You can follow Rick on Twitter @MyHammock. Thanks, Rick. Merry Christmas!