Bills Stuck Staring Up at Patriots


Oct 12, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass under pressure by the Buffalo Bills defense during the 2nd half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 37-22. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The names keep changing but the view stays the same.

No matter who the Buffalo Bills suit up and put on the field from Kelly Holcomb to Kyle Orton or whoever is coaching from Mike Mularkey to Doug Marrone – they just can’t seem to measure up to the beasts of the AFC East. All the changes in the world haven’t erased the fact the Bills are still looking up at the New England Patriots.

There was reason to believe yesterday was different. The Patriots have shows signs of slipping this year and the Bills defense has been stellar. However, Tom Brady looked as good as ever picking apart the Bills secondary (Wow, the Bills missed Aaron Williams) and chunking up yards and touchdowns with players we’d never heard of before.

Everybody on the Bills team made mistakes. Kyle Orton threw a bad pick and also fumbled deep in Bills territory. Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett took Sammy Watkins out of the game by refusing to think he might be able to beat Darrelle Revis. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz kept Mario Williams and Jerry Huges off the field on the most critical 4th quarter defensive series. C.J. Spiller continued to run his way toward the Bills trading him for someone who will hit big gaping holes in the middle of the field. Outside of Scott Chandler, nobody brought their A game yesterday.

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And, it all ultimately adds up to the Bills not being good enough again. Maybe the Bills soft schedule will let them make a run at the division title still, but it will feel hollow. The New England Patriots are the class of the AFC East – until the Bills beat them, they’re just pretenders.

That’s not a pretty view of the situation. But, it’s the only conclusion you can make when you keep watching these games and knowing the Bills are still stuck staring up at a team heads and shoulders above them after all these years.