Not Dead Yet …Getting Better?

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By Mary Pesarchick @HeyMom418

Bills 30 Rams 19

To quote Colin Clive in the old movie, “Frankenstein” — “They’re alive!! They’re alive!!”

The Buffalo Bills, that is.

After starting the season 0 and 2, a completely uninspiring, cover-your-eyes-and-curl-up-in-a-fetal-position 0 and 2, the Bills have crawled out of the grave to win three straight. And not over just any old opponents, either. To review:

Week Three, they defeated the (then) high-flying Arizona Cardinals at home, 33-18. The Bills defense, still smoldering from being torched by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets the week before, intercepted Carson Palmer four times, sacked him five times, and returned a muffed field-goal snap for a touchdown.

Week Four, they SHUTOUT the New England Patriots in Foxborough (!), 16-0. It was Rex Ryan’s first regular season road win over Bill Belichick in eight tries, and the first time the Patriots have been shut out in Gillette Stadium ever. (Now I know, I know, it wasn’t against Tom Brady. It wasn’t even against the Patriots’ second string quarterback. They faced Jacoby Brissett and he had a bad thumb. But when you’ve been as starved as we have been for a road victory over the Patriots, don’t deny us our crust of bread, please!).

Needless to say, the unexpected return to a 2-2 record had fans rubbing their eyes in disbelief and wondering just exactly which Bills team was the “real” one, Team 0-2 or Team 2-0? More importantly, which one would show up for the rubber game in LA against the Rams?

Happily, it was (mostly) Team 2-0, and the Bills came away with a win, 30-19.

Despite the sunshine and 91 degree temperatures, it was a “Shady” day in LA. Running back LeSean McCoy took advantage of injuries to the LA Rams defensive line and rolled up 150 rushing yards on just 18 carries. The Bills defense continued to dominate, sacking Case Keenum four times and intercepting him twice, both picks by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. One of his interceptions was a crucial pick-six that effectively shut the door on the Rams just as they appeared to be climbing back into the game.

Now, Team 0-2 did surface occasionally, making for some nervous moments. Despite jumping to an early lead and throwing two touchdown passes, quarterback Tyrod Taylor struggled overall, completing only 12 of 23 passes for 124 yards. Receivers also dropped several passes, accentuating the absence of star receiver Sammy Watkins, who was placed on IR due to his foot injury. The Bills passing offense continues to be worst in the league and needs to be vastly improved before they take on the Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers later in the season.

Nonetheless, the Bills compiled their first three-game winning streak since 2011. With winnable games against the 1-4 San Francisco 49ers and the 1-4 Miami Dolphins coming next, Bills fans are cautiously optimistic that the team can improve to a 5-2 record by Week 8 and their rematch with the Patriots.  Who knows? Playoff hopes, once dead and buried, may be resurrected after all.

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