We are (*checks watch*) roughly a month away from regular season football in both Orchard Park and the NFL. In their newly dubbed Highmark BlueCross BlueShield Stadium, the Buffalo Bills will welcome many different opponents. Easy divisional games, rematches from last year, and some cupcake wins as well. In today’s article, I review my recent poll on twitter to see which home game Bills Mafia is most excited for.
Results are ranked from lowest to highest, besides “other”
Colts Rematch in Week 11 (5.7%)
I was disturbingly shocked at how little people voted for the Indianapolis game. In last year’s Wild Card game, we saw old school versus new school as Josh Allen and Philip Rivers duked it out. Each put their team in a place to win the game. Thanks to the refs having an untreated case of glaucoma and a legendary Micah Hyde batted ball, the Bills walked away victorious. It was the first home playoff victory since 1995.
Now, with Rivers retired, the Colts will look to either Carson Wentz, Jacob Eason, or Sam Ehlinger. Regardless of who is manning the offense for Indy, this game should and will be exciting. In terms of what Indy has done since their defeat at the hands of Josh & Co., they’ve added some interesting names, as well as losing some.
They re-signed Xavier Rhodes and traded for the aforementioned Wentz, who is reuniting with Frank Reich. (In 2017, the duo that helped win a Super Bowl with Philadelphia.) They also drafted some freak-of-nature D-Linemen in Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo. The biggest knock on Indianapolis’ off-season was losing Anthony Castonzo to retirement. The O-Line is the staple of this Colts team. They added Tackles Eric Fisher, Sam Tevi, and Julie’n Davenport to try and replace the production Castonzo had given them over the years.
This is going to be a hell of a game. Indy is our kryptonite. They want to win the trenches and decide the pace of the game. Regardless of who is playing Quarterback come week 11, expect a dog fight.
Week 8 vs. Miami (6.8%)
Miami finished with a silver medal in the division and an early vacation to the Bahamas last year because of Buffalo. Throughout the season, Miami leaned on their defense to win games as the offense had little to no firepower. Tua was young and bad, the run game was treacherous due to a weak O-Line, and receivers who were expected to break-out stayed in the shadows.
Brian Flores has done an excellent job building and coaching this roster, as Miami, in all honesty, is only a few key pieces away from being real threats to the Bills’ division title. The Fins will come to Highmark on Halloween Day, and this game should scare Bills fans. They had a terrific draft by adding guys like Jaylen Waddle (my favorite player in the draft), Edge Rusher Jaelan Phillips, DB Jevon Holland, and Liam Eichenburg to try and bolster their O-Line.
They also made some pretty big splashes in free agency with guys like Will Fuller and Jason McCourty. This Dolphins team thinks they are ready. And, in my eyes, are the clear number two team in the AFC East; the biggest threat to Buffalo’s crown. Hopefully, Halloween Night isn’t a doozy in Western New York.
Opener vs. Pittsburgh (79.5%)
In my time as a poll writer, there has yet to be a result as high as this one. In just one month’s time, the Bills will welcome Pittsburgh to their new stadium, and I see where the excitement is coming from. Bills Mafia is collectively holding their bladder awaiting the 2021-2022 season to start. Regardless of who we are playing, the fanbase is going to be ecstatic about it.
Last year, the Bills faced an 11-1 Steelers team, fresh off their first defeat of the season to the Washington Football Team. Many thought the Steel Curtain were going to come out, pissed off from that loss, and smack us in the mouth. But they were wrong. The offense wasn’t great in this game, but the defense absolutely balled out. Taron Johnson had one of his two very timely pick-sixes in this game and Pittsburgh only scored 15 points as the Bills emerged victorious. This was the turning point in the season last year. People all over the country finally started taking Buffalo seriously.
However, this Steelers team is now a shadow of its former self. They lost four of their five O-Linemen from last year as well as two of their starting Linebackers. They had to let key contributors Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton, and Steven Nelson walk. To compensate, the team drafted Najee Harris to try and fill James Conner’s shoes, as well as Pat Freiermuth, Kendrick Green (another one of my draft darlings), and Tackle Dan Moore. In the off-season, they brought in Dwayne Haskins to try and resuscitate his career, as well as some good veteran pieces in Trai Turner, Melvin Ingram, and Kalen Ballage.
This Pittsburgh team doesn’t scare me or really anyone else, as many media pundits have Pittsburgh missing the playoffs entirely.
Regardless of who the Bills faces, week one is going to be amazing. Buffalo gets football back, and seeing all the faces in the stands cheer on Josh, Stefon, Dion, Motor, Bease, Jerry, Micah, Jordan, Tre, Matt, and Tremaine is going to be truly awesome.
For this part, I want to keep things short and sweet. I will highlight some of the games fans left down below on my twitter poll. Remember, these are home games only.
Monday Night Football vs. New England: James Jones, who I respected as a player, decided to go on national television and guarantee that the New England Patriots will win the division this year… Should be a fun one.
Bills-Texans: Not an exciting game. But hey, Tyrod back in Buffalo. Standing ovation.
Every Single One Of Them: Me too man, me too. Is it September yet?