Last week’s game was a disappointment. Let’s not get it twisted. The Buffalo Bills looked flat and got soundly beat on all three phases by the Philadelphia Eagles en route to a 31-13 beat down. After the game, the Bills were criticized for having poor play calling and failing to stop the Eagles rushing attack. Although the game showed the Bills have some flaws, there was certainly an overreaction by the BillsMafia and the media. This week’s Thursday Thought: It’s not time to press the panic button.
Let’s face it, the Bills had a stinker of a game. I won’t deny it or try to say that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. They got the snot beaten out of them, but let’s calm down for a little bit. This team is 5-2, with a relatively easy schedule coming up. The AFC is poor this season and the Bills still have an elite defense that alone can win a couple of games. It’s not as bad as it seems to be right now.
Emotions are running high currently and I recognize that. It’s easy to get caught up in the raw emotions of a game that just happened, I sometimes fall victim to this too. However, it’s important to remember that this is a team with a good record, that has positioned itself nicely to make the postseason.
Teams will have their bad losses in the ebbs and flows of an NFL season. There is a reason that they say, “any given Sunday” because anyone can beat anyone in the NFL. Everyone is a professional no matter what their record or the media says.
Even great teams had bad losses. Think back to the 2014 New England Patriots that went on to win the Super Bowl. In an early Monday Night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they got smacked, losing 41-14. After the game, fans and analysts all claimed that the Patriots were done, and the dynasty was over. That was not the case.
The point is that even though the Patriots won the Super Bowl and were the best team in football, they still had an embarrassing loss to a team that they should have beaten. That same thing can be applied to the Bills. While everyone is claiming that the Bills aren’t that good and are just a product of their schedule, it’s important to take a step back and remember that if someone told you before the season started that the Bills would be 5-2, I’d say that you would be happy with that.
The Bills played like junk this past week. They looked flat. They looked bad. The NFL season is a long one with twists and turns, up and downs, and ultimately is a windy road. There is still over half the season to be played, with plenty of opportunities left for the Bills. Just please remember, that one bad loss does not mean that this is a bad team. Do not press the panic button, because it’s not time to.
Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. To contact him, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mitchell_broder