It was hard to believe. The Buffalo Bills—the AFC East doormats for so long—were in command of the division for the first time since 1995. Eight weeks into the season, the Bills were 5-2, in first place, and causing everyone in western New York to think maybe this was the year Buffalo finally returned to glory.
Six weeks later, the Bills were eliminated from the playoffs and looking for their first win in a month-and-a-half. They had a perfect opportunity at their hands, and they let it slip away.
They weren't the only ones.
Several teams have found themselves in Buffalo's position—now forced to look back on the season and wondering where things went wrong.
Several teams had cracks at the playoffs, division titles or top seeds and blew it, either in one game or over the course of the season. It's a rough list to make, for sure, but they say that "misery loves company." These teams know that cliche to be true.