Ho, Ho, Ho.
‘Tis the season. Except this year, believe it or not, as we enter the high-holiday season, the Buffalo Bills are actually in the playoff hunt!
Depending on who you ask this week, the Bills are either in the playoffs right now, or just outside, lurking to get in.
Either way, again, we are not overly excited, as fans. We are rather skeptical, with overbearing burdens of pessimism.
Sure, some of us are all giddy, with child-like Christmas enthusiasm. Some of us are just plain in denial. But I would argue that most Bills fans are happy that the Bills have improved, but not willing to invest their heart, for fear of the inevitable.
It’s sort of like the Santa question. We want to believe, but a lot of magic is needed.
Musings From Around the NFL
I think I’ve whined to you about losing Ezekiel Elliott for my fantasy football team, right? Well, I’ve made it to the league semi-finals. Oh, did I mention that Carson Wentz is my quarterback? Come on, Nick Foles.
I keep seeing a stat that says that the New England Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a Buffalo Bills loss. Really? This thing hasn’t been put to bed? OK then…go Bills.
So, Pittsburgh owns the home field advantage in the AFC. Who’s got money on them keeping it? Huh? I guess we find out on Sunday.
Bills fans need the Ravens to lose. Baltimore plays the Cleveland Browns.
We also need the 49’ers to beat the Titans.
And oh yes, the Bills need to win on Sunday, too.
Wait. First of all…the Colts had no business being in the game at the end. Shame on you, Buffalo Bills, for letting them drive down the field and tie it up in the last seconds.
Second of all, you got saved by a weirdly late penalty flag. Yes, it’s nice for one of those to help us out for once, but, still, you get the point.
OK…well done for pulling it out in the end.
On the snow? I have just one comment. I lived for afternoon football games like that when I was a kid. I mean, to play in it. Me and my boys, the band practice field at our school…always historic. Looks like the NFL boys had just as much fun as we used to have.
We’ve talked here about the Bills being sort of a Jekyll-and-Hyde team this season – never really knowing from one week to another which team will show up. Well, if there is a team as unpredictable in the NFL, it might be the Miami Dolphins. They have looked horrid on more than one occasion, just like the Bills.
And then, this past week, they beat the Patriots, when New England was fighting for home field advantage for the AFC. Go figure.
If you’re one of those past years stats are meaningful persons (I am not), you are probably hanging on to this one: of four recent times when the Dolphins beat the Patriots, and had the Bills scheduled the next week, Miami has lost every one of them.
There you go.
I don’t know which Miami team will show up today. And I don’t know which Buffalo team will show up today.
I just know it could be Kyle William’s last game on this field.
Buffalo 27 – Miami 17
Read me next week.
Editor’s babble: Thanks to Rick Bates for getting us ready for the last push to rid the Bills of their preponderance for playoff-less-ness. You can find Rick on Twitter @MyHammock.