Buffalo Bills: Things We Know This Week
“People still come up to me and talk about it. That’s the game people talk about. To be a part of it is great, but to be on the losing end of it is not so great. It doesn’t make me feel any better when someone comes up and says, ‘That was the greatest game I’ve ever seen.’ It’s like, we lost.” – Josh Allen
This is what many people remember from the last time Buffalo played an NFL game. First, came the preposterous decision to kick off deep to the Chiefs. This stopped the play clock, allowing Kansas City to begin a drive at the 25-yard line.
“IT’S HUGE BUFFALO!!” – Billy Fuccillo
The Chiefs had timeouts in the their toolbox, yet the Bills protected the sidelines, leaving HUGE opportunities in the middle of said field.
“You get older, and you want to be a professional athlete; you want to win on the biggest stage.”Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes found Tyreek Hill for 19 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce was next for a huge pickup of 25 yards.
“I think I was probably listening too much to what other people thought about me — and I knew what I needed to correct… what I needed to do. I just blocked out all the distractions and worked my butt off.” – Harrison Butker
Harrison Butker booted the 49-yard game-tying field goal, sending the classic contest to overtime.
KC secured the coin toss and the rest is history. At no point in overtime did the Buffalo Bills have possession of the ball. Mahomes zipped the ball to Kelce for the winning score.
“I had a lot of stats in college, and they didn’t count for wins. So whatever it takes to win football games is the goal that I set.”Patrick Mahomes
Even with the Buffalo Bills’ shortcomings last season, they are still the favorite to not only go to the Super Bowl this season, but to become world champions.
“I understand the question, and I understand why people think that, but this isn’t one year, should we go to the Super Bowl or not, I want to get to the Super Bowl every year. But we can win the Super Bowl this year, and we’ll fight like hell to get back there next year.” – Brandon Beane
After that heartbreaking loss, the NFL has changed the playoff rules, allowing each team at least one possession. Makes sense. It would have made sense to change that rule a long time ago. I understand that all the Bills had to do was hold KC to a field goal and they would have gotten the ball for one attempt to win or tie the game. That is not the case, KC scored a touchdown which ended the game with no Buffalo possession.
“Within the human element, there’s also a football element, philosophically, of what we want to establish, what we know we need to do and also the different pieces we have and how it all blends together.” – Sean McDermott
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
-On Tuesday, All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer hyperextended his elbow. At this point, he is expected to be ready for the NFL opener against the Super Bowl Champion Rams.
–Tre’Davious White is on the physically unable to perform list as he progresses in his rehab from a torn ACL suffered on Thanksgiving.
-A mere eight days into training camp and Josh Allen continues connecting with Isaiah McKenzie on a daily basis. The ball goes to him routinely in the red zone. Building chemistry is ideal and, with Cole Beasley out of the picture, McKenzie is much more involved with the starting offense.
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