When you’re sitting at 5-9, there usually isn’t a whole lot left to play for.
For the Buffalo Bills, there are a few things to keep in mind. With a pair of games left against the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, the Bills have the chance to finish above .500 in the division for the first time in a long, long time. Accomplishing that feat against a surging Dolphins team and a Patriots outfit that has historically dominated the Bills would be a big boon and a huge source of momentum heading into the offseason.
Sadly, they can accomplish two other things with wins to finish out the season: should they finish 7-9, it would be the first time they’ve won that many games in a season since 2008 (I just threw up a little). Not only that, but should they manage to not finish last in the AFC East, it would be the first time they’ve done that since they finished 7-9 and in second place in 2007. I’m suddenly asking myself why I root for a team that has been this bad for this long and I can’t come up with anything other than “uh…”.
But for as much as I bag on finishing 7-9 for the first time in ages, it would be beneficial for a young team like this. They could use a little momentum going into the offseason, and hopefully use that to carry them into next year. Young, developing players can never have enough confidence and a few big wins to end the season would infuse a healthy dose of said confidence into the mix.
Above all else, you know what the Bills have left to play for? Spoiler! Being the spoiler can be super fun and gratifying when you’ve got nothing of real value left to play for. It’s also worthwhile considering it involves the two biggest rivals the Bills have right now. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to see the Dolphins miss the playoffs because the Bills took a chunk out of their backside? On a lesser scale, it would be fun to knock the Patriots out of the race for home-field advantage, making Tom Brady and his stupid face go on the road to win.
Minor things to play for, but when you’re consistently bad, you have to grasp at things that make it worth being a sports fan. And the Bills have a few minor things left to play for.