What do you think? 9-7? Is that what the final record for the regular season will be for the Buffalo Bills?
And, how do you feel about that?
If you told me this past summer, that 9-7 will be the team’s final record, I think I would have been happy with that.
Of course, at this point, there is no guarantee that 9-7 will, in fact, be the final record of the Buffalo Bills. After an incredibly exciting start to the season, the team now has a disappointing 6-6 record.
If they lose the remaining four games, they will finish with a record of 6-10, which, quite honestly, was a leading prediction by many fans for this team during the past summer.
Their four remaining games include a likely loss against the New England Patriots, and 3 “should be” wins – Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, and a home and home series with the Miami Dolphins – hence, the discussion about the possible 9-7 record.
In some NFL years, a record of 9-7 can make the playoffs. So, is there excitement buzzing all around BuffaoLand this morning?
Uh…not so much.
Instead, there seems to be a weight of seasonal letdown coating our football dreams. We don’t have a quarterback. Or at least, as of this writing, we don’t know who will be playing quarterback this afternoon. How can a team make the playoffs if they don’t even know who their quarterback is?
Because it’s not as simple as, “Well, if Tyrod Taylor is healthy, of course he’s the team quarterback.”
(sound of crickets chirping)
So, there is a bit of pessimism clouding our perspective, as the Buffalo Bills play a home game against a beatable Colts team, even when they have an outside chance of making the playoffs.
We just don’t think they can get it done.
Or, do you?
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If Buffalo was in the AFC West, their 6-6 record would have them tied for 1st place – with 3 other teams.
If Buffalo is going to make the playoffs, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and/or Tennessee needs to start losing. All three of them could lose their respective games on Sunday.
In the 0-16 Browns watch, Cleveland takes on the Packers on Sunday afternoon.
The big games this week come from the NFC. Thursday’s Falcon’s win over the Saints was huge. We also have the Vikings and Panthers, Seahawks and Jaguars, and a biggie between the Eagles and the Rams.
It was nice to see the Bills defense play well, again. At least they did, for as long as they could. For a while, the defense kept the team in the game.
But, man oh man, the offense. And Tyrod Taylor.
Here’s the bottom line on Tyrod Taylor as the Bills quarterback: His ceiling is exciting, and he can take the team places – but his floor is depressing, and will prevent the team from going places.
He can’t be counted on – and that’s the kiss of death. It’s time to move on.
The loss to the Patriots was not unexpected. But again, it’s how the team loses, which makes us so disappointed. Again.
I think it’s time to play Nathan Peterman, again. I’ve seen enough of Tyrod Taylor. And I think it would be good to see Peterman play at home, against an opponent that he could have some success against.
Hopefully, a Bills receiver won’t let one of Peterman’s early passes go through his hands and into a defensive player’s hands, for a pick-six, sending him spiraling downward, like what happened out on the west coast a few weeks ago.
Let’s see what he’s got. Let’s see just how badly the Bills do, or do not, need to draft a quarterback high in the spring.
The Bills have to win. The game is at home.
Buffalo 20 – Indianapolis 13
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Editor’s babble: Thanks to Rick Bates for his contributions to our blog. It’s tough to be perpetually “in the hunt” and Bills fans are no doubt very tired. Here’s hoping Peterman gets to play and has some success. You can follow Rick on Twitter @MyHammock.