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What this week means for the Buffalo Bills


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The Buffalo Bills have a chance to grab hold of the division this week with their second division game of the season. With the Bills looking for their first playoff appearance since 1999, holding the longest streak in the NFL, this seems to be the first legitimate chance for the Bills to end the streak. The New England Patriots seem to be in a funk as they have slipped to 1-2. With internal issues beginning to brim over, Bill Belichick needs to resolves his issues with Wes Welker or Buffalo could sneak right past them. Ron Gronkowski seems to be a perfect example of what happens when fun gets in the way of performance and that defense is still too young to determine their strength. Beating the Patriots would give the Bills a two game lead over their nemesis and it is much needed as strength of schedule the rest of the season would have Buffalo taking on a more difficult path.

After an impressive week one win against the Bills, The New York Jets don’t seem as offensively savvy as people thought. Now with the injury to Darelle Revis, the defense could also falter. Since their week one win, they have lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and barely hung on to win in overtime against the Miami Dolphins. In week one, Mark Sanchez was flawless throwing for 266 yards and throwing for three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was an impressive 97.1. Since then, he posted a 46.4 QBR in week two, and an even worse 34.3 rating last week against the Dolphins. To make matters worse for the Jets, they face a hungry San Francisco 49er’s team this week at home. Assuming the Jets cannot pull off the win, the Jets would fall one game below the Bills.

Now on to the Dolphins. Many analysts had the Dolphins pegged at one of the worst teams in the league and it seemed very possible after their week one loss to Houston and Ryan Tannehill throwing three interceptions.  Since, then he is continuing to improve and posted an impressive win over the Oakland Raiders and should have won against the Jets. The Dolphins could prove to pull an upset at least once over Buffalo as they usually do but I am still pretty certain that Tannehill just isn’t ready to lead the team yet. This week, they could pull an upset in Arizona as the Arizona Cardinals are hot off of a couple important games and remain undefeated. They could find themselves not prepared for a weaker opponent like Miami. Even if they do win, it would still have the Dolphins at 2-2 and a game behind the Bills.

So there you have it. If all goes well, the first block of the season will be over tomorrow and Bills fans are hoping for:

Bills 3-1

NYJ 2-2

Miami 2-2

New England 1-3

Now doesn’t that look pretty.


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