It’s been a quiet two weeks around BuffaloLand.
The first was quiet, as we wondered. What happened in Cincinnati? Was it a circumstantial set of problems particular to that Sunday, on that field, in that rain? Or was it a systematic failure? Maybe the Bills weren’t as great a 3-1 team as we had been hoping they were.
This second week, we wonder some more. Did they get healed up? Has the coaching staff got the ship upright and sailing, again?
It seems each game this season brings new mysteries to the FamBase. We wonder still, if we truly know how good this team really is. I don’t think we know very much, yet.
But, I think we are about to find out.
What happens today at New Era Field should tell us a lot about this Buffalo Bills football team. Mostly, I think it will tell us a lot about this coaching staff. How the team plays, coming off the downtime of the traditional seasonal bye week, will be all about coaching.
They don’t have to win the game, to judge the coaching staff competent. But the players need to play well. They need to appear to be motivated to play well. The offense needs to show some new plays, formations, and plans for attack. The defense needs to seem energized, again.
In short, the team needs to show that the coaching staff used these two weeks wisely.
From everything we’ve seen from them before the bye week, I don’t think we will be disappointed.
Musings From Around the NFL
Why does it seem like the Eagles and Rams are going to be in the NFC championship game at the end of the season? I don’t think it’s supposed to be this way.
The loss by the Bills to Carolina seems legit…the Panthers are for real. Their wins against Denver and Atlanta…maybe not so much?
And, the AFC east? Can anyone predict what will happen from one week to the next?
But, honestly, can’t the same be said for every other division in the league? Hey NFL, you got your parody.
Fantasy Tips for the Week
Save yourself a bit of money in DFS play by going cheap at running backs, and may I suggest taking a look at Derrick Henry (at Cleveland) and Christian McCaffrey (home against the Bears)? They’re cost is low and they should get increased playtime this week.
Well, actually, two weeks ago, right?
What a disappointment. And Vegas called it. They had the 1-3 Bengals favored against the 3-1 Bills, fresh off their stunning victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Vegas doesn’t lose money.
Concerning what I wrote at the top of this article, it seemed a combination of the circumstantial and the systematic. The weather and injuries took their toll, but the team was not built well enough, that week, to overcome those problems.
Here’s to hoping the bye week cleared up much of that.
It’s a home game, finally.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bring their surprisingly disappointing season to Buffalo. That, at any rate, proves hopeful for the Bills.
And normally, when the opposing QB comes to play in a less than healthy state, that’s a good thing. But, this time, there is a looming sense of karmanic dread hanging over the Buffalo fans.
It’s the return to Buffalo…of the Amish Rifle. This time, wearing orange and pewter.
If the choices are healthy Jameis Winston – injured Jameis Winston – or the backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, I’ll take either of the first two choices, thank you very much.
We can’t put our finger on it exactly, but we all know, we do not want Ryan Fitzpatrick to play in Buffalo, today. It’s just one of those feelings.
Then again, the Bills defense getting a pick-6 touchdown in the 4th quarter might just be what the team needs for this victory.
Buffalo 27 – Tampa Bay 17
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Editor’s babble: Many thanks to Rick Bates for his contributions to our blog. You can follow Rick on Twitter @MyHammock.