E.J. Manuel wasn’t perfect, but it was a start of something special for theBuffalo Bills for years to come. At least that’s the positive most of us are forced to spin the Bills loss to the Patriots to start the new season.
For most Bills fans, we’ve had enough moral victories. The Patriots were lucky to leave western New York with a win and we know it.
It wasn’t the normal blow out the Patriots hand the Bills, instead it was a close game. Being at home, it was something the Bills should have closed out regardless of experience.
No one could cover Stevie Johnson like he said, but he sure couldn’t hold onto the ball when we needed it the most.
In addition, Doug Marrone continued the hurry up offense letting Tom Brady back into the game. With 5:51 left to play the Bills only took 80 seconds off the clock and gave Tom Brady 4:31, three timeouts and the two minute warning to work with.
Ultimately those are just excuses, the Bills self-imploded in Week 1 and somehow still found themselves in a competitive game. Lucky, yes, but it could and should have been more.
Maybe the feelings are so harsh due to the competition. How many times can one organization lose to another?
The Bills dropped to 1-19 in the last 20 games and are 3-24 since Bill Belichick took over as a Patriots coach.
Each game is another dagger into our sides. This one, regardless of our bright future, still hurts the most.