I hope NBC is happy. Worrying about how poor networks cope with streaming services in this wireless internet age already takes up most of my day. Now, I lose sleep over concerns about the Buffalo Bills impressing the plucky network enough to come back. Orchard Park welcomed the Peacock Network for its first Sunday Night Football game since 2007 and second ever. The host eventually played like they want these types of outings more often than comet sightings.
The network can feel assured that the venue offers even more excitement with firsthand viewers. Sunday’s final NFL game felt oddly stuffy even compared to other games with zero fans. A slow pace early between teams probing for weaknesses felt especially tense in a barren stadium. The environment was airless enough that Stanley Kubrick could’ve directed it. As with other sadly desolate venues, it’s the people present who make them memorable.
The Bills were so out of sorts that they got the slow part out of the way first. Taking the third-quarter lull in the first quarter was a novel flip. Dominating the entire game would get dull. Alabama backers don’t even care about football anymore.
Mafia members who bragged about gains made by their favorite squad had to be patient. Nervous guardians withstood fretful moments where we feared our kid would run out crying during the piano recital. But the brat ultimately calmed down and put lessons to good use.
Initial underperforming would have defined the future under previous coaches. By contrast, double-digit-win teams get that way by persevering through underperforming in lieu of feeling bad for themselves. A payoff by the start of the local news despite struggling demonstrates self-improvement is possible. Tell my exes.
Any game against a Pittsburgh-level foe will contain challenges, which is the excuse for starting off looking like it was played in a snowstorm with no snow. The preseason feel didn’t affect standings, as the result of an uneven affair still blessedly counts as one full game.
The offense started excelling once they internalized the mantra to hold on to the ball. Those tasked with scoring were shamed into fine performances after Buffalo’s best offensive player of the first half was Taron Johnson.
Sensing vulnerability is a trait shared by all potential non-NFC East playoff teams. The opponent’s previous outings don’t apply. Pittsburgh’s record would have scared most Bills teams this century, especially when they took Cover Zero literally and blitzed about 27 guys. But affected aggression doesn’t scare skilled players who calmly use every one of the two seconds they have.
The Steelers were the best 11-1 team I’ve ever seen, I announce trying to hype up a victory. Calling them overrated is more comfortable after that shaky first half. I’m already ticked Pittsburgh gave the odious undefeated geezer Dolphins a reason to drink champagne, so it was extra nice to make them doubly defeated. Their foe just needs to gain lessons from experience. Flustering unproven youngster Ben Roethlisberger will help him grow.
Planning ahead sets you back if your notions involve negative presumptions. It’s easy to look at the schedule and plan around a loss upon seeing a franchise presently seeded higher. But maybe the games are worth playing. How could we find out who everyone thinks is best to begin with? Anyone who shrugged off the Bills deserves to be disappointed.
This unnervingly joyous club already had a win after beating San Francisco. And it wasn’t even earned during one of this season’s random weekday matchups. The Bills can celebrate a long-term triumph that tops the temporary euphoria of beating some team. I guess winning actual games is ultimately important, what with the standings and all. But this franchise is finally planning ahead by retaining the employee setting the best example. A Brandon Beane extension is as thrilling as the numerous promising signings he himself has manufactured.
The odd sensation of the Bills finishing games is only matched by bliss at retaining the general manager. Winning over a fellow division leader at night results from letting Beane engage in Dennis Reynolds-level meticulously ruthless planning. Fans are satisfied by the personnel whether they play, coach those who do, or choose everyone else. Prepare properly and you too can beat the Steelers. It turns out good grades are easier to get if you study.
Beane sticking around creates right kind of stability. The status isn’t necessarily positive, as seen by how consistency in missing the playoffs wasn’t quite comforting. Searching one’s memory for specific reasons why, say, the 2005 team was awful is like trying to determine the name of a song that your brain irritated you with by replaying incessantly yesterday: you’re trying to remember something you want to forget. Buffalo is at last as melodic as the tune by hometown legend Rick James NBC aptly played heading to commercial.
A better record doesn’t scare present Bills any more than their own team’s history. Anyone can beat unfortunate clubs with worse records. This rather proficient outfit has elevated themselves to the point where they loom on the horizon of other schedules. Act like this is nothing new. Apologizing for wrecking another side’s hopes is too polite.
Editor’s babble: Beating teams in primetime is becoming a scary new norm. Thankfully, Anthony Bialy can spin a yarn that makes sense of it all. Thanks to Anthony for all his contributions to our blog. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.,