The Buffalo Bills came into the first couple of weeks of this season with a rather large amount of hope. Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel looked like the real deal before getting hurt and had the team believing in his game. The defense looked to be a better unit than a year ago, and this team could have been one to surprise late in the season.
Fast forward to present day during week eight of the season, and the Bills have dropped to 3-5 and sit in 4th place in the AFC East. Manuel has been lost for a big chunk of time and backup quarterback Jeff Tuel is knocked out as well, forcing practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis into the starting lineup. Not only that, but running back C.J. Spiller can’t stay healthy — big problem.
Lewis has not been horrible by any means, but he hasn’t been good enough. Backup running back Fred Jackson can’t do it all, therefore defenses can focus in more on him and thus stop the Bills’ offense most of the time.
After a week eight loss to the mighty New Orleans Saints, the Bills will face the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on November 3rd at home. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Buffalo faces their toughest task of the season and arguably the toughest defense in the league.
For the Bills, this season might be coming to a close very soon. Looking ahead to 2014 and beginning to look forward to draft time may be in the best interest of the fans. Sure, you’ll continue to watch your beloved Bills, but this year is nearly a lost cause in such a tough division.
Assuming they drop to 3-6 next week, Buffalo faces a nearly impossible chance to make the postseason.