Question moving forward: Are both team’s defenses that good, or are both team’s offenses that inept?
Zay Jones – I don’t blame him for the last play. That was a tough catch and only looked possible because of the effort he made to reach back for it. I do blame him for a couple others (i.e. about 3:30 left in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd down play. That would have moved the Bills into field goal range with a first down.)
The Bills have only played the Panthers six times, and so far it’s been almost all Buffalo. The Bills are 5-1 against the Panthers in previous games, including the first win of EJ Manuel’s illustrious career. The Panthers only win was in 2005 when Jake Delhomme beat another Bills Wall of Fame quarterback by the name of J.P. Losman.
As a 40+ year Buffalo Bills’ fan, I’m not unfamiliar with having the season be effectively over by December. I’m also numb to losing playoff chances to the Steelers late in the season (damn you Willie Parker.) But this…this was both different and unfortunately too much the same.
It’s one thing to lose because your favorite team is just worse, but trying. It’s another entirely to see that team clearly playing in a fog, like they just can’t or won’t try to win. That’s how it looked on Sunday. The only time I enjoyed myself was listening to the obscenely loud “BONNNNGGG” as Carpenter’s extra point caromed off the left goal post in a perfect example of the Bills’ 2016 season. It was a perverse enjoyable moment, because I gave up on this game about 90 seconds later than the Bills team already had, and I just had to laugh. Or poke my eyes out, and I still had to go to work the next day. And actually perform.
I usually mark my posts with the category/categories they fall under. Normally for these posts that means NFL and Buffalo Bills. It definitely was a Bills game, but I’m not sure both teams on Sunday deserved to be labeled as NFL.
Suffice to say I’m not uploading this video, unless someone absolutely begs me to. And they’re not a Steelers’ fan.
The Bills somehow found their way to the ugly victory that counts all the same as the ones that were much more appealing to the eyes earlier in the season. Thanks to the win, the Bills have a 5-5 record and are still within earshot of the playoffs and essentially buried Cincinnati’s AFC Wild Card hopes in the process.