The Buffalo Bills Are for Real, and Other Week 2 Thoughts

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The Buffalo Bills Are for Real, and Other Week 2 Thoughts
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Bills coach Chan Gailey

Every once in a while the blind squirrel finds the nut.

What else can I say that puts the Patriots' unexpected loss against the Bills on Sunday in perspective?

It''s hard enough for the Pats to comprehend blowing a 21-0 lead to any team, never mind one that they had beaten 15 times in a row dating back to 2003.

But these Bills are resilient and full of fight.

You probably can't say that about any Bills team since at least the Doug Flutie era.

Any team that can erase two deficits of at least 18 points in back-to-back weeks is doing something right.

So give credit to Ryan Fitzpatrick for shredding the Patriots' secondary, and Fred Jackson for running through it.

You should also credit the Buffalo defense for pressuring Tom Brady into throwing as many interceptions on Sunday as he did all of last season.

But the most credit should go to Chan Gailey for getting these guys to believe in themselves, and for calling for five consecutive kneel-downs that denied Brady a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

We have a long way to go in this season, but one thing is certain: the Buffalo Bills are going to be pesky and brimming with self-confidence for the foreseeable future.

The Patriots and Jets should watch their backs.

Other Thoughts

1. Marv Albert is proof that you shouldn't hire a guy who is so well-known for broadcasting one sport to broadcast another. He kept calling Patriots' wide receiver Julian Edelman "Julian Adelman," as if Rick Adelman was on the field.

2. If only the Vikings could play one half.

3. The Browns are another team you can tag with the pesky label. Colt McCoy wasn't great on Sunday, but he saved his best drive for last.

4. How long do you think it'll be before Tony Sparano is unemployed?

5. I know Drew Brees is hard to contain with the game on the line, but you'd like to think that the Texans could have settled for more than four field goals in the red zone.

6. Eli Manning may have finally found a reliable target to fill the void Plaxico Burress left behind in Victor Cruz.

7. Jermichael Finley is not a wide receiver, but he plays like one on television.

8. Alright, let's be honest, the Ravens Torrey Smith is really Torry Holt in a younger man's body. It's hard to fathom a guy who was barely on the Rams' scouting report catching three touchdowns in one quarter.

9. I'm convinced Dwight Freeney is impossible to block. He kept the Colts in the game almost by himself.

10. Where is the Chiefs' pass protection? Matt Cassel's last pass was right at the Chargers' Eric Weddle because he was under pressure,

11. RIP Orlando Brown and kudos to Peter King for painting a portrait beyond a guy who was still bitter about getting hit by an errant flag in yesterday's column.

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