How is everyone doing? Holding up from Tuesday? It was an ugly and embarrassing effort from the Bills on Tuesday. On top of all the Covid-19 obstacles and overall frustration that many fans felt about the game. Overall, the game was miserable and crash back down to reality after four weeks of football bliss for Bills fans. Despite what took place in Nashville, there is something we have to remind ourselves. This week’s Thursday Thought: It’s not time to panic…yet.
A football season is a long journey. As head coach Sean McDermott often preaches, the season is a marathon and not a sprint. There are still 11 games remaining on the Bills schedule. If we’re being honest, I don’t think anyone thought the Bills were going to run the table anyway. If you want to look at this game one way, the Bills got beat by a team that could win the AFC this year in the Tennessee Titans.
Of course, there was to this game than just getting beat. The Bills played horribly on both sides of the ball. They committed nine penalties, most of which were pre-snap penalties, or costly penalties that were on third down or in the red zone. Along with three turnovers, it was just a messy game.
There are certainly some things to be concerned about moving forward. The run game has been non-existent all season, the defensive line, outside of Quinten Jefferson, has been silent. Some of the Bills best players are out with injuries, and a few trustworthy players are not playing well at all. There are some real issues with this team at the moment.
However, the reason I say to not panic yet is for a lot of what I already said. It’s such a long season that this might be one of the few times the Bills just don’t have it. We’ve seen it over and over again where great teams don’t play great once in a while. At the end of the day, this happens, it’s the NFL.
In McDermott’s time as head coach, every time the Bills have gotten destroyed in a game, they always respond strongly. For example, in 2017 after getting smacked by the Jets, Saints, and Chargers in consecutive games, the Bills came out and upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium the next week. They then went on to win three of their last five to make the playoffs.
In 2018, after the Bills got crushed by the Bears to fall to 2-7, they followed that up by demolishing the Jets the next week. When it was all said and done the Bills won three of their last five games that season. Early in that same season, after getting blown out by the Ravens and Chargers to start, the Bills demolished the Vikings on the roads as huge underdogs.
Just last year after the Bills got ran over by the Eagles at home, they went on a huge run, winning four of their next five games. That momentum propelled them into the playoffs last season.
The only time to panic is if these issues don’t get cleaned up soon and continue to linger into the middle of the season. If that happens then yes, it’s time to panic. Until then, let’s remain calm because if history tells up anything this should be a better team the next time, we watch them play.
Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org