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Well what can you say? On one hand, it was the latest disappointment in a four game losing streak. However, on the other hand, the team showed up to play. I hate that this team lost. Even more, I hate that the Jets won. Mark Sanchez did not deserve to win that game. The Bills deserved to win this game. Ryan Fitzpatrick deserved to win this game. Bills fans deserved a win yesterday. At the very least it would have shut up that annoying “Jet Fan” that CBS loves to show every time the Jets have a home game.
Had this Bills team shown up the past two weeks in Dallas and Miami, and against the Jets in Buffalo, they could easily have at least two more wins under their belt. At least! Think about it, we could be talking about a Bills team that is at worst 7-4!
This Bills team. Decimated by injury. On the road in New York (ok, New Jersey). They were on the doorstep to victory! How about that offensive line? Sure Fitz was sacked three times and we had a few too many holding and false start penalties, but for being a patchwork mishmash of vagabonds (so the media likes to claim), I’d say they did well. Fitz had time to make throws. Spiller had some room to run. Fitzpatrick looked the most confident he has looked since October. He made the throws. He trusts his receivers to make plays. Hence going to Stevie Johnson three straight times at the end of the game.
Speaking of Stevie, maybe he should try to be a bit more serious. His touchdown celebration mocking two Jets wide receivers and an unintentional borderline 9/11 plane crash in New York mockery, was a bit over the top. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stevie. I just hate that his most memorable moments as a Buffalo Bill are those three chances he had yesterday at the end of the game, and the game against Pittsburgh last year in overtime where he had the game winning touchdown in his arms, but dropped it. Surely those moments will come up in contract negotiations.
Of course you can’t just blame Stevie. You can’t just blame anyone really. The game was there for the taking, and any small difference from any unit could have made the difference. That’s how close it was. What if Stevie didn’t celebrate obnoxiously and cost the kickoff unit field position? What if Raynor didn’t mess up the ensuing kickoff to give the Jets fantastic field position? What if Stevie catches any of those last drive passes? What if the Bills run defense actually existed?
Well, we would be talking about a win, and being one game out of a wildcard berth. We’d be talking about having a winning record in late November, going on December. I know this team has it in them, and I know they can bounce back. But let’s get on that. It’s December next week. And like my dad always used to say when I was a kid: I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
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