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The Bills started to win last year in the second half of the season, when they went 4-4 over the span of the final eight games. That is quite a difference from the 0-8 start that they carved out for themselves in the beginning under Chan Gailey.
With the game on the line and the clock winding down, the Bills have been able to come up with the right plays at the right time to seal the deal. There doesn't appear to be any end to the plays that Chan Gailey can turn to, and that is what is going to be giving Bills opponents fits for the rest of the year. But you have to execute, and the Bills have been executing very well.
Now sitting at 3-0, you have to get some breaks to be a winning team. I consider that the Bills cashed in some major chips or breaks if you prefer today, but can't continue to count on those going forward. For instance, the pass that Ryan Fitzpatrick threw up in the end zone that New England intercepted, only to see the play negated due to a penalty. The Bills instead were awarded the ball at the one-yard line and Fred Jackson punched it in on the next play. You can't count on plays like that happening on a regular basis.
So, what else did we learn. You can't continue to start as slowly as the Bills have the last two weeks and expect to always keep coming back. It is rare to happen once in a while, but in consecutive weeks, extremely rare. I would much rather see a game like we had in Kansas City, where the Bills came out and took an early lead and held it.
That means that all units, offense, defense and special teams, have to be ready from the opening whistle. I also expect the Bills to have a better handle on their personnel now. If Shawne Merriman can't turn it loose for every play or every series, have him rotate in with Batten or Carrington or Moats to get some high energy in there for more plays during the game.
The Bills will gain more national attention and respect with the win today. But, to keep it, they will have to continue to win. That will only happen if the players continue to work hard and attempt to shore up the many areas that were exposed early on today. But for now, we can celebrate that another long losing streak has mercifully come to an end.