25 years. What does that mean to you? Have you been working for 25 years? Married for 25 years? Have you been alive for 25 years? It’s been 25 years since the last time the Bills won the AFC East. Only the Browns (last won the AFC North in 1989) and the Lions (last won the NFC North in 1993) have a longer drought than the Bills. Despite the long history of disappointment and failure that have been the Buffalo Bills over the past 25 years, that can all change on Saturday. This week’s Thursday Thought: A Division Title Awaits.
If the Bills can defeat the Denver Broncos on Saturday, the AFC title will be coming to Buffalo, where it hasn’t been since 1995. For context, I was negative four years old when the Bills won the division last. Success like this has not been felt in Western New York in a long time.
It’s been so long since the Bills were this caliber that I as a fan don’t know how to feel. I mean this in a positive way of course, but for my whole life, the Bills have been the forgotten team in the NFL. No one talked about Buffalo because no one ever cared to. They had no reason to talk about the Bills.
Yet in a year where the world shut down due to a global pandemic, the Bills have climbed their way back into relevancy. The Bills are the talk around the league. They are being called “super bowl contenders” and Colin Cowherd just ranked the Bills as the best team in football. It’s as if Bills fans are living in a different dimension.
No Tom Brady in the AFC East. The Bills have a quarterback, coach, and general manager who are some of the best in the league. A division title. What world are we living in?
Of course, we must not look too ahead. The Broncos are a solid team that can generate some big plays on offense. They play good defense and have a good stable of running backs between Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. The Bills are going to have to be focused and ready to go. It won’t be a cakewalk.
Whether the Bills clinch the division on Saturday, Sunday, or another week, it will happen this season. When it does it will be a glorious feeling for everyone who remembers the Music City Miracle, the Steelers Week 17 game, or even Bryce Brown fumbling the ball through the back of the end zone.
So for the 25 years (or however many years you have been alive for) of pain and suffering that we have endured over this team, enjoy the moment. Soak it all in. The Buffalo Bills are a top-notch team in the NFL and one that looks to be for a long time.