The Buffalo Bills are a disappointing 4-7, but things are looking up for them. They are coming off of their bye week which came off of perhaps their best performance of the season. They also will be the healthiest that they have been all season long. All Bills players were full-gos in practice this week with only Kyle Williams being added to the injury report toward the end of the week.
QB E.J. Manuel is healthy and had an extra week of rest. The wide receivers corps will be fully healthy and playing together for just the third time since Week 1. The secondary is back and are just hitting their stride. The Bills have a lot of momentum heading toward a potential playoff push, but they’ll have to come together and play complete football games if they want to stay in the race.
They have the fortune of playing the disappointing 2-9 Atlanta Falcons, who were the best team in the NFC during the regular season last year, in their first game coming out of the bye. The Falcons are hurting and have the misfortune of being one of the most underachieving teams in the entire NFL this season. They are coming off of tough losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints. They last played on the Nov. 21, but the Bills will be playing with a full two weeks of rest.
Of course, another angle of the game is that the Bills are coming off of the bye in a season where they complained about playing too many teams coming off of a bye. If the Bills lay an egg, they will look pretty stupid complaining about their opponents having an advantage if they can’t take care of business with the same advantage.
Either way, this game is do or die for the Bills as will be the rest of the games of the season if the Bills can win one. It would be wise for them to take a one-game-at-a-time approach from here on out. The next game only matters if you win the one in front of you.