This month back in 1960 premiered the very first AFL game. Ironically, it was a Lou Saban coached Patriots team taking on our Buffalo Bills. The Pats were victorious 28-7 on the Bills’ turf at ROCKPILE. Van Miller handled the play-by-play.
Bills fans are very much accustomed to losing to the Pats here in the Queen City; mostly here in the 21st century. Do not be too distressed as the Bills have beaten the Patriots plenty. Keep in mind that Tom Brady dominated most other teams head-to-head. Tom Brady compiled a ridiculous 32–3 record against the Bills with 68 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 18 seasons as NE’s starter. The Patriots own the combined head to head 76–45–1.
Hometown hero Jim Kelly compiled a 12–8 career record against the Patriots with 29 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. O.J. Simpson amassed a 10–4 record against the Patriots with 14 rushing touchdowns and three touchdown catches. If you remove Brady’s games played against the Bills, Buffalo would be up 48-44-1. Unfortunately, removing Tom Brady’s stats against the Bills to aid in my narrative providing does not work in the real world. Even with creative writing or pro-Buffalo story telling, the record remains 76-45-1.
Last year was a milestone as Buffalo swept the season series on the Brady-less Patriots. Meanwhile, The GOAT was busy in the NFC winning many games, including the Super Bowl. What a career he’s had… and it’s still going.
Previously mentioned was Lou Saban coaching the Pats to a victory against the Bills at ROCKPILE in 1960. Well, it just so happens that he coached the Bills to a victory over the Pats in 1964 at Fenway. Jack Kemp was the hero in this snowy game where kickoff was delayed for winter cleanup. That would give Buffalo the division title with 12 wins against the Pats’ 10. This is part of the history between these two teams that gets overshadowed by Brady.
Hopefully Josh Allen‘s sweep last season is the beginning of a long dominance by Buffalo. Perhaps the kind of dominance Brady had? Maybe. But that consistency may never be matched.
Was Buffalo’s pathetic playoff drought and lack of legitimacy in the AFC East a major aid to New England’s pure dominance in division titles, AFC Championship game appearances and Super Bowl appearances? Or was the Pats total dominance and ability to continuously RE-TOOL on the fly a major contributing factor in keeping Buffalo out of post season play? Did that egg come first or did the chicken lead the way? I digress, oh yes I do…
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
-Coach Sean McDermott and his wife Jamie McDermott will match the first $20,000 in donations made to any participating charity as part of GIVE-716-DAY. The Bills and Sabres have teamed up to contribute.
-The Bills will hold a total of three open practices to the public at Highmark Stadium this summer. This will be the second training camp held right in Orchard Park as opposed to all of those years in Rochester and Fredonia.
-Josh Allen is the first QB that has Jim Kelly truly excited. He tried with Trent Edwards, EJ Manuel, JP Losman, Rob Johnson, Todd Collins. It was obvious that he was saying the right things as a cheerleader, being optimistic about all of the young quarterbacks coming in since his retirement. With Josh Allen, he is confident and excited that most of his records will quickly be overtaken by Allen if health works in Allen’s favor. Kelly is not worried about his records and stats. He is a Buffalo Bill and a fan desiring Allen to lead this team to a Super Bowl championship.