What an amazing way for Buffalo Bills fans to celebrate Thanksgiving. A 26-15 win on the national stage over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
Another game to start with the arrows up:
The Bills just beat the Cowboys in their own stadium on Thanksgiving Day. Let that sink in for a moment.
Without trying to be hyperbolic, this was one of the biggest regular season wins in the history of the organization. Not because it had so much riding on it for the standings or playoffs. It didn’t. Not because they set records for points scored or other incredible feats. They didn’t.
This one was one of the biggest simply because of what it means for Bills fans everywhere. Finally, maybe, a measure of respect their team wasn’t getting, even though they were 8-3. The eyes of the nation watching them not only “fight hard” or “give a great effort,” but basically dismantle America’s Team - on America’s Football Day.
These Bills certainly are built different than other teams of the past. The architects are general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. They’ve built a team that doesn’t have the stars showing up on TV ads. One that doesn’t care who gets the credit. One that just prepares the same way, every day, regardless of who is next on the schedule or what time the game will be played.
Even with all that, Thursday was a chance for this group to finally be noticed. Not even just by the national fans who may not have seen them, or quite believe they’re that good, but even by some of their own fans who were still skeptical, maybe always are by nature.
I’m not here to throw a Super Bowl parade for them. There’s a long way to go in this season, and they have some very tough games on the horizon, including Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens next week at New Era Field.
However, the time for skepticism is over. The Bills are a good football team.
With young players at key positions, close to $90 million in salary cap space available this offseason, and 18 draft picks collected over the next two years, this looks like it may just be the start of really good things to come.
I made the comment all week leading up to this game that there were probably a lot of people around the country really curious about the Bills. That they’d be tuning in to see what this Allen kid was all about, and how they got to 8-3. Well, they hopefully got some really good answers. A lot more clarity.