On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills will welcome the Carolina Panthers from the NFC South to Orchard Park for a 1 pm kickoff at Highmark Stadium. Both teams are coming off losses from the previous week, and each group will be tested on both sides of the ball. The Bills will have to deal with Cam Newton, and the Panthers defense will have to deal with a substantial Bills passing attack. Cam Newton has not been as productive as he was when he first came into the league, and as a matter of fact, he was benched last week in their loss to the Falcons. But every time that I watch him, he seems to play well when it’s against Buffalo.
The Buffalo Bills got off to a very good start this season, and then the losses and a lack of offensive production came. After those losses, the Bills had good rebound games against the Jets and the Saints. The Bills came from behind but still had a heartbreaking overtime road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday in a game that they should have won.
The Bills are still playing for a wildcard spot, but they have to win out, and they have Carolina this week and a significant road game against the Patriots next week. After that, they will come back home to play the Falcons and close out the regular season at home against the Jets. Worse case scenario for the playoffs would be a loss next week in Foxoboro, which would end their AFC East chances. Buffalo can still win the AFC East, which is still the best case scenario. The Bills would also need the Patriots to lose one more game if the Bills were to pull off an upset at Gillette. In my opinion, if the Bills were not to win another game, then it shows that this team has quit on coaching. I’m not one to blame coaching because Sean McDermott has been so good for this franchise, and he really cares about Buffalo, but missing the playoffs this year would be inexcusable.