Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) against the New Orleans Saints prior to a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Most Buffalo Bills fans hves seen the hilarious Coors Light commercial from a few years back featuring Jim Roma and his “Playoffs” rant, trust me, it never gets old. The sad irony is that every year, each Buffalo Bills postseason is discussed in this manner. It becomes a distasteful, unpleasant “joke” in which Buffalo fans are ridiculed by fans of winning teams due to the Bills poor record and the gargantuan odds they face in the quest for postseason play. Sometimes the odds of having a .500 season can be just as depressing, but once again, the Buffalo Bills torture their fans by having a slight, statistical chance of making the playoffs.
Due to the difficulty of the AFC East division and the dominating performance of the New England Patriots amongst their divisional opponents, the Bills only chance of making it to the postseason is the AFC Wild Card. However, even though the Buffalo Bills find themselves in contention for the AFC wild card, they also find themselves to also be in the company of the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, and Miami Dolphins, just to name a few…
The mere fact that the 3-6 Buffalo Bills are still within reach of the wild card is good news. The bad news? The Buffalo Bills have to find their swagger now if they want to even think about playoffs because they will need to win out the season and pray that luck favors Buffalo…hopefully it doesn’t come in the form of a pass.
The Bills have an easy schedule ahead with a healthy EJ Manuel back this week and a bye in week 12. If my memory stands correct, this is the best shot they’ve had to make playoffs in at least 10 years. Of course the one familiar, looming obstacle, the “elephant in the room” if you will, surprisingly isn’t turnovers, play calling, dropped passes, penalties, or injuries.
The only obstacle in the way? The Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo needs to stop shooting themselves in the foot and find their swagger. They need to do what it takes to win, whether it means defending big plays or catching a pass or two…or six. The time has come to make it happen; or else we can start thinking about the 2014 NFL combine & draft. (Which, by the way, may be one of the deepest drafts since RGII & Andrew Luck; but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.)
Will the Buffalo Bills make the necessary moves to make the playoffs? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think?