Bills vs. Patriots: 9 Keys to the Game for Buffalo

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Bills vs. Patriots: 9 Keys to the Game for Buffalo
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C.J. Spiller is 7.2 (YPC) Keys to the Game

OK, this may be it. 

The NFL season is short, and the Bills have entered "every game is a must-win" territory.

If the Buffalo Bills lose to New England, as Las Vegas enthusiastically suggests they will, they'll drop to 3-6 and have the surging Dolphins (now there's an image for you) coming into Orchard Park on short rest ready to feed the Bills a steady diet of Reggie Bush

The Bills played like a real, bona fide NFL game last Sunday in that they made some plays on offense and defense and didn't make Matt Schaub look like Alex Smith (Week 5) or Mark Sanchez (Week 1), and they managed to "contain" running back wonderboy Arian Foster to only 111 yards on 24 carries. The Bills were in this game until they inexplicably backed off and stole a page out of the Dick Jauron "play not to lose" handbook for inspirational leadership. 

Am I the only one who thinks a culture of losing is so firmly entrenched in the psyche of the team that they just don't know how to handle themselves in important games? Either way, someone needs a shrink to sort this whole mess out. 

When Adam Schefter, the NFL King of journalism in 140 characters, broke the news from an anonymous team source that the $100 million man had a torn ligament in his wrist,Coach Chan Gailey appeared shocked:

"I haven't heard anything about that, I don't know where that came from, but I've heard nothing of that sort. That he had anything wrong with a ligament at all. I had heard nothing about a ligament."

Or take the backup quarterback position, where we have an inactive player earning more money than what the Bills signed Vince Young for. Or take the situation with the punter, where the Bills replaced a proven veteran with a rookie who's struggled. Or take the face that no one outside the Bills' inner circle, not even Schefter, knows what the parameters of Gailey's contract are. 

The Bills need some real leadership, both on and off the field, if they are to get this season turned around. And as I've suggested previously, if the Bills don't beat the Patriots, their season can really jettison right off the skids into the bottom of the lake with the quickness of Leodis McKelvin on a punt return. 

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