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Thursday Thought: These Aren’t The Same Old Bills

This year’s Buffalo Bills team is not like Bills teams of the past. Here’s why this team feels a lot different than previous Bills teams.



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This past Sunday the Buffalo Bills pulled off an impressive win. In a damp and physical game with the Tennessee Titans, the Bills were able to leave Nashville with a gritty 14-7 victory, improving their record to 4-1 on the season. At first glance, this win may not seem like much. A low scoring defensive battle, between two, relatively evenly matched teams. However, this win signifies a little bit more than just that. This shows us the 2019 Buffalo Bills are not the same Bills teams we’ve seen in the past. This week’s Thursday Thought: These are not the same old Bills.

What do I mean when I say that these are not the same old Bills from years before? Sure, throughout the past 20 years there have been numerous seasons where the Bills look good out of the gate only to eventually find brilliant ways to lose on their way to a 7-9 season. However, this team is different than those teams for a few reasons.

The biggest thing that pops out when you look through what this team has been able to accomplish this season has been their toughness. Anytime it feels like the game is about to completely turn against the Bills the just continue to battle. They stay calm and don’t get rattled. It’s really impressive and speaks to how strong the leadership is on this team.

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Buffalo Bills Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) sack Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

This team is also so much deeper than teams in past years. In the fourth quarter of last week’s game against the Titans, the Bills offensive line left to right was: Dion DawkinsQuinton SpainJon FelicianoSpencer LongRyan Bates. Not ideal to say the least. Yet, this group held their own against a really good and talent Tennessee defensive front. It speaks volumes to how good of a job Brandon Beane has done in bringing quality depth. Also, how well-coached the players are by this coaching staff.

Sticking with the theme of coaching, for once the Bills are well-coached. Sean McDermott is still young and has made some game management mistakes, granted these mistakes are becoming less frequent. The biggest thing about McDermott and this coaching staff that no one can deny is that McDermott gets his players to play hard, tough, disciplined football. McDermott gets the most out of his players and this team is always prepared, which shows that he can coach.

Lastly, this team just feels different. It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what that means, but things feel different. This team wins the games they’re supposed to win, they play everyone extremely tough and close, and they always seem to get up after every blow they take. The passion and character this team plays with is beyond impressive, and this “culture” that McDermott spoke about back when he was first hired at the Bills head coach is more legit and valuable than anyone ever could have imagined.

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Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith (85) celebrates his touchdown during the Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans game, October 6, 2019 at Nissan Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert

Ladies and Gentlemen, buckle your seatbelt, keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, and enjoy the ride. This team is for real. This team is tough. This team is good. This team is a playoff-caliber team. These Buffalo Bills are not the same old Bills.

Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. To contact him, email him: or tweet him: @mitchell_broder