If anyone ever asks what it’s like to be a Bills fan, have them watch the game from last night. Hope crushed. It’s not that this team is bad or that I don’t think they still have a really good chance to end the dreaded playoff drought. But when you have a chance to be on national television, move into a tie for first place in the entire conference, and you play a horrible game like that one, it crushes your hopes.
To me it wasn’t the missed tackles, all the penalties, the ultra-conservative offense, or the total lack of run game and the inability to stop it. It wasn’t just a bad game on 4 days of rest. It was the lack of team enthusiasm. What happened to the team that celebrated a Brandon Tate first down catch like they won the Super Bowl? It was the feeling that this teams isn’t very good. Maybe the 5-3 record is largely a product of fortuitous turnovers, home field advantage and some opponents that aren’t very good.
Then I see Zay Jones and his 6 catches on 7 targets, getting his first career TD reception. I see Kelvin Benjamin on the sideline getting ready to become a part of this team. I see Sean McDermott’s intense look as he scolds penalized players and argues with the refs. I see a team on the rise. I see a team arriving a year before they were supposed to. I see a city desperately wanting a winning team, desperately needed a winning team. I start to get excited again.
I see that in nine days a very good New Orleans team is coming to Buffalo. I see that the Bills are 4-0 at home. I see that they have the longest streak of scoring 20+ points at home in the NFL. That’s better than the Packers, the Falcons, the Seahawks, the Chiefs, the Eagles and that team from New England. I see my Zubaz pants neatly folded in my closet. I see my stack of Buffalo t-shirts there too. I see my friends gathering around the TV cheering like little kids at each completed pass and each defensive take-away. I see some frosty adult beverages. I see some chicken wings. I see the playoffs. I see wins. I see hope. And that my friends, is what it’s like to be a Buffalo Bills fan! Let’s Go Buffalo!