For the 11th time in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills have started a season at least 5-1 thanks to a 31-21 win over the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field.
With another win, we start with the Arrows Up for the Bills from Sunday:
The truth is, if the Bills play like they did for the first two and a half quarters in this one, they won’t beat many teams in the National Football League. The reality is also that this game is over, and that doesn’t mean they’re going to play like that next week, or the week after, etc. As I say all the time, every single game has its own DNA and plays out differently. This one just played out too close for comfort for most Bills fans, considering the opponent.
Was it having a week off and being out of routine? Was it some good old "FitzMagic"? Was it poor game-planning by the coaches? Was it not having the same sort of edge and intensity because they were facing a winless opponent? Was it simply facing a team that was really, really desperate to finally get their first win?
Maybe it was all of the above. Whatever the reason, the Bills played flat and lifeless for 40-of-60 minutes, making too many mistakes and not enough plays. They certainly will have to play better next week, and going forward. But they also can.
At the end of the day, they found a way to get it done in the fourth quarter once again. Allen played his best football when his team needed him most, and the defense and special teams closed the deal.
This one is over. They didn’t dominate as expected, but they took care of business.
It all adds up to being 5-1 with a brand new week ahead against a disappointing Eagles team, who will be looking to get back on track.