It’s 9 o’clock on a typical autumn Sunday morning in the Twin Tiers, and a sense of optimism fills the crisp morning air as the Buffalo Bills get set for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The timing couldn’t be worse for fans of the Buffalo Bills and St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team.
ORCHARD PARK — Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein has raised his level of play the past month in the absence of star linebacker Matt Milano.
So where do the Bills sit with five games remaining in this Covid-19-affected season and what are the enduring concerns?
Pro football coaches are famous for reminding us that “it’s hard to win in the NFL.”
Notes from Buffalo’s 27-17 win over the Chargers on Sunday afternoon at Bills Stadium:
ORCHARD PARK — Josh Allen couldn’t entirely overlook how sloppy the Bills’ offense played, having difficulty closing out a 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
It’s a game the Bills are supposed to win.
As Bills fans were imagining their team’s playoff run in 2020 – especially with Tom Brady having left New England – scanning the schedule they envisioned a sweep of the Jets and Dolphins and a split with the Pats in the division, plus wins at Denver and in Orchard Park against the Chargers. …
ORCHARD PARK — Stefon Diggs was preparing for the start of practice Wednesday when Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Bobby Johnson approached and asked how the receiver was doing.
OK, full disclosure, it’s my favorite Sunday of the Bills’ season … bye week.
ORCHARD PARK — Jerry Hughes dismisses any talk of him mellowing.
The Buffalo Bills control their fate at 7-3 during their bye week.
Bad enough that the Bills lost the way they did, worse the mystique that surrounds the play that beat them.
It won’t be the most crushing defeat in Bills history.
Notes from the Bills’ heartbreaking 32-30 loss to the Cardinals Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — DeAndre Hopkins knows that football fans might view his final, winning catch on Sunday as some sort of miracle. Even the players and coaches for the Arizona Cardinals couldn’t hide their disbelief when he jumped over three Buffalo defenders and came down with the ball.
For the second straight week, the Bills are heading into a game featuring two prolific quarterbacks.
ORCHARD PARK — The crying would have to wait.
What a difference one milestone victory can make.
For all the positive impact Sean McDermott has had since taking over as coach of the Bills, his critics, albeit quietly, have registered one persistent complaint.
Notes from Buffalo’s 44-34 victory over the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at Bills Stadium:
ORCHARD PARK — Josh Allen set aside his grief over the death of his grandmother to enjoy one of the most productive games of his three-year career.
If Josh Allen is to rediscover the magic of this season’s first four games, tomorrow at Bills Stadium should (read: has to be) the time.
The name, albeit ethnically insensitive, has been around for nearly a decade.
ORCHARD PARK — With more NFL transactions than tackles to his name over five nomadic years, defensive lineman Justin Zimmer arrived in Buffalo for a second stint with the Bills in mid-August doubting his chances.
So here we are at the midpoint of the season and maybe even in a better place than many Bills fans had hoped.
ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills were finally able to “ground” out a win this season.
It would be really easy to criticize Buffalo’s 24-21 victory over the Patriots on a miserable Sunday afternoon at Bills Stadium.
Notes from Buffalo’s 24-21 victory over the Patriots on Sunday afternoon at rainy, cold and windy Bills Stadium:
ORCHARD PARK — Jerry Hughes has too often watched the Patriots snatch victory away from the Buffalo Bills in what has been an AFC East rivalry that for too long tilted in New England’s favor.
Every true Bills fan knows the depressing numbers.
You have to go back to last year’s regular-season finale – a 13-6 loss to the Jets at then-New Era Field – to find the last time the Bills played a meaningless game.
ORCHARD PARK — Jerry Hughes knows better than to dismiss the New England Patriots.
We can all agree that Buffalo’s 18-10 win over the 0-7 Jets Sunday at the Meadowlands was less than impressive.
So what do we make of the Bills’ 18-10 victory over the Jets on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium?
Notes from the Bills’ 18-10 victory over the Jets Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The end zone was elusive for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
You’ve heard about “must-win” games … what about the “can’t lose” variety?
ORCHARD PARK — The Mafia is becoming legitimate in Buffalo — the Bills Mafia that is.
BUFFALO — The usually stingy Buffalo Bills defense has yet to find its identity this season.
In this case, the NFL schedule-maker just might have done the Bills a huge favor.
The Jets are so bad that a quarterback can throw three touchdowns in a blowout win over Adam Gase’s team and get benched for it.
Some observations from Buffalo’s 26-17 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night at Bills Stadium, their second-straight defeat by members of the AFC elite:
Notes from Buffalo’s 26-17 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night at Bills Stadium:
This isn’t the best week for Buffalo to be hosting the Chiefs.
ORCHARD PARK — Sean McDermott’s professional coaching world came crashing down around him upon being fired by Andy Reid in Philadelphia following the 2010 season.
The mantra has already started: “It’s only one game.”
ORCHARD PARK — Safety Micah Hyde insists there’s nothing wrong with the Buffalo Bills’ defense that can’t be easily corrected.
Some takes on the Bills’ nationally-televised 42-16 loss to the Titans on Tuesday night at Nissan Stadium in Nashville: