For Some Bills Fans This Trainwreck Was Unexpected

Matt BrancatoContributor INovember 6, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Derek Fine #86, Terrell Owens #81 and Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate during the game against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Houston won 31-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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"We have gotten word that the Buffalo Bills and superstar Wide Receiver Terrell Owens have come to terms on a 1 year deal" With the uttering of these words, the hopes and dreams of all Bills fans shot through the roof. The Bills were lacking a true #1 receiver to help take away the attention from speedster Lee Evans, but with the addition of Terrell Owens the Bills had a legitimate offense, or so it seemed.

Prior to the Pre-season it seemed like the Bills were poised to make a playoff run and break their 10 year dry spell that had sent some fans spiraling into disbelief. On paper they were stout and looked elite. With a probowl runningback in Marshawn Lynch, a hall of fame receiver in Terrell Owens, and a QB expected to have a breakout season, it looked like they were built to put up some major points. Then the preseason comes along.

Some fans dismissed the preseason as a fluke because of the lack of Owens, but boy were they wrong. The Bills had a absolutely disgusting show of offense during the preseason, particularly the QB position. Due to their performance in the preseason the Bills fired Offensive Coordinator Turk Schonert, and replaced him with former backup QB Alex Van Pelt. The Bills first opponent in the regular season was the Patriots on Monday Night Football. It looked like this would be a indicator of how the Bills season was going to turn out.

The Bills played the Patriots hard and close. Leading into the 4th quarter, but a fumble by kick-returner Leodis McKelvin and two strikes to Benjamin Watson over Keith Ellison crushed the Bills hopes of the upset. Many fans were optomistic again because of the effort put forth against the mighty Patriots. Their hope was further raised following the Bills demolition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It looked like the Bills were on the rise, but reality set in soon enough.

Over the next 3 games the Bills would lose all 3 and put up a horrid 20 points combined, including a 3 point performance at home in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Things looked bleak, this looked like a 1-15 team for sure. The Bills next opponent, the New York Jets, basically gift-wrapped the game for the Bills by throwing 6 interceptions. Still the Bills had no offensive attack, even when Ryan Fitzpatrick came in for the injured Trent Edwards. The Bills squeaked out a win in OT, 16-13.

Uh-Oh, it looks like the Bills were back into the mix when they faced the Carolina Panthers. Hopes were high following the Bills 20-9 victory on the road against Carolina. The Bills strung together 2 road wins in a row and were 1 game away from .500. Their next opponent seemed to be a statement game for the Bills. And boy what a statement it was. 7-9 here we come again!

The Bills were routed by the Houston Texans at home, putting up a dismal 10 points, despite Jairus Byrd snagging 2 INT's for the 3rd week in a row. So here we are 3-5 at the bye week. This team looks as pitiful as ever. The biggest shocker is that T.O, our 6.5 million dollar investment has had his popcorn go stale. As of November 6th, T.O has 1 TD catch. But he is leading the league in 1 category, dropped passes. This can be used to describe this entire Bill's season. They've had opportunities, but they have fallen through their hands