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Buffalo Bills: Things We Know This Week

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“So we sip a little something, lay the rest the spill, Me an’ Charlie at the bar running up a high bill, Nothin’ less than ill when we dress to kill, Every time the ladies pass, they be like (Hi, Will). Bouncing in the club where the heat is on, All night on the beach till the break of dawn. I’m going to Miami, Welcome to Miami”

Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” J.J. Watt

35-0. Not good enough for you? I’ve heard various complaints all day long.

Adroit teams win in aberrant ways. They find ways to win when maybe you feel they were not up to the undertaking. Maybe not deserving. Close calls. Come from behind. Low augmenting. High scoring. Sloppy games. Disciplined contests.

 “Offense wins games… defense wins championships.” Bear Bryant

For bounteous years, the preaching was “Defense wins Championships”. Run and stop the run. Going off that logic, the huge run by Devin Singletary finding the end zone, along with his backup Zack Moss being the new red-zone-clutch-guy, puts a nice version of a running game on the table for display. As If…. Stop the run? 

Well don’t reach for the newspaper to pick out that statistic. It was 35-0. Thirty-Five Points for the good Guys and Zero for the bad fish. If you shut out an NFL opponent and put up big points… you stopped the run. What else could you possibly do besides not be scored on?

 “The enemy of great is good.” – Jimmy Johnson

Listening to talk radio Sunday evening, one would think the Bills were totally blown out last week by a division two college team. They actually were winning at halftime against a very good Pittsburgh team. It was the first time the Bills played a home game in front of a regular crowd since pre-covid. The Bills were cautious in preseason, not playing Allen and other skill offensive players until the last game.

“I struggled for 15 years in this business before Miami Vice Came Along.” –Don Johnson

Yes. Allen connected all throughout training camp with highlight reel quality plays. But that’s not game pressure in game situations. Offenses that are high-powered occasionally need to get the rust out or get everyone working as one unit. The offense was greatly improved against some stud defenders this week compared to last. Teams that are winners don’t usually win the exact way that the fans envision in advance.

“There’s three parts to football: offense, defense, and special teams. You’d no more ignore special teams than you would offense or defense. –Marv Levy

So I’m excited about the division shutout blowout. I’m not concerned about Josh Allen throwing for under 300 yards. Who cares? Ya lost the opener. Who is to say that losing that game was not the “much-needed-perfectly-humbling-eye-opener-keeping-the-Bills -feet on -the-ground-game”? Say that ten times fast.

They bounced back with a dominating performance against said Dolphins. Thirty-Five To Zip. Zero. Nothing. Pointless. If the fans had every area clicking to their expectations…. were they supposed to win on the road in the heat 70-0? Any way to go in the negatives while scorekeeping? Maybe 70 to negative 17?  Sound good?

Josh Allen is SOOO talented. Freaking ridiculous arm.” Colin Cowherd

The entire football world saw Buffalo destroy the Dolphins. A team they should have beaten. The only unhappy folks were those Bills fans that wanted the Josh Allen of his peak prime last year manifesting on demand. 

Oh… making that wide right field goal would have been sooooo much more commanding a victory. I’m kidding. This was the largest shutout by the Bills since 1992. It’s the first shutout since 2016. I’d say if a team wins dominating all aspects of a game 35-0, and supposedly your quarter-billion dollar quarterback is not clicking on all cylinders… wow… what will happen when he is just a tad sharper? Bad Things. BAD, Bad Things. They used to say that about Bruce Smith.

It’s just the people in Buffalo – you have to understand that they’re a whole different breed of people, a whole different breed of species.” –Bryan Cox

Well, Smith certainly was proud of that defensive line. They were unstoppable. You name the player and they dominated. Six sacks against two quarterbacks does not do justice for the pure dominance in the trenches. Rookie pass-rusher Greg Rousseau appeared absolutely nothing like a rookie. He dominated play along with FILL IN THE BLANK.

“It was all that Dan Marino’s fault, everyone knows that. If he had held the ball laces out, like he was supposed to, Ray would never have missed that kick. Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell. Would you like a cookie, son?Mrs. Finkle (ACE VENTURA)

This was the first shutout of the McBeane Process. The last shutout amazingly enough was the same quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, playing for New England in one of the very rare Bills victories against the Patriots. Obviously, Brady was not playing if Brissett was behind center. Just be glad that our last shutout was not way back when Steve Grogan or Tony Eason were behind center for Boston. 

“People have asked me where can they buy them. Steve Grogan signed my hat. People wanted to buy it right off my head.” Keith Crochier

“Ouch! And Marino goes down quicker than his Boonesfarm-infused sister in the back of my ’68 Cutlass on our first date after watching ‘Love Story’ at the drive-in.” Dennis Miller

Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:

Peter King (Football Morning In America) named Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as the coach of the week. His defense was indeed playing like their hair was on fire.

A.J. Epenesa had nine pressures dominating Miami in every way.

Gregory Rousseau recorded two sacks against Miami. These two sacks are the first two sacks of his young career.

-The Bills begin preparing for the matchup against “The Team Formerly Known As The Redskins”.

I am semi-retired leaving my enjoyable 24 year management career due to multiple health issues. My dad retired from The Buffalo News after 49 years. I have been an avid fan for quite some time. Got that Marv Levy Fight Song In My Head for absolutely no reason.

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