The Buffalo Bills were able to make history, yet again, but this time it feels a little extra special. Tie that into the fact that the Bills didn’t even need to dress a single player to do so, and it makes it that much sweeter.
Josh Allen and company secured the number one seed in the AFC after the final slate of games concluded on Sunday.
A glorious Sunday
Kansas City lost to the Bengals and the Dolphins lost to the 49ers, meaning Buffalo is first in their division and the AFC.
Here’s where the history comes in.
Buffalo, reportedly, hasn’t even sniffed the one seed in nearly 30 years this far into the season. This is a far cry from a few weeks ago when social media was ablaze with concerns that this team was done for.
Even more ridiculous, some people thought HC Sean McDermott should be fired over their lackluster performance. Rightfully, getting called out for the outlandish recommendation.
Doing this for the second time…— Dave Myers (@DaveMyersBIB) February 2, 2022
If you want Sean McDermott fired….
Kindly unfollow me…
Thank you, #GoBills
Such is the NFL. Every week it seems a juggernaut goes down, a new team is at the top, and specific team seasons may be over.
For example, Kansas City lost to the Colts, the Broncos’ entire season is head-scratching, and the Ravens lost to Jacksonville, to name a few.
Even with devastating injuries, the Bills have found a way to bounce back and compete week in and week out.
The next man up mentality allowed the Bills to stay in line with their ultimate goal this season, to win a Super Bowl.
Buffalo remains tough
Buffalo’s resilience is on full display when breaking down their losses this season. In Miami, they lost by three points. Against the Vikings, a thrilling three-point overtime loss. Finally, the Jets game in which a 70+ yard bomb hit Gabe Davis in the hands before falling incomplete, handing the Bills a three-point loss.
Bills are 9-3, atop the AFC, have dealt with a billion injuries the whole year & their 3 losses are by a combined EIGHT points. We’re still THAT team.— steven (@snydxr) December 5, 2022
We’re not looking for moral victories for a team this good, but perspective is important. Not all wins are the same and not all losses are the same, either.
Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL but the Bills Mafia should love the fact that the Bills control their own destiny. We don’t have to remind you about the heartbreak the past few seasons at the hands of the Chiefs in Arrowhead during the playoffs.
Buffalo needs to win out, secure the one seed, and have the playoffs run through Orchard Park.
The team looks 13 seconds better than last season, and the ultimate test will be to see what team can come into snowy and cold Orchard Park in late December and shut down this team.
Kudos to Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott for the culture they built in Buffalo. The younger generation of Bills fans isn’t old enough to remember the glory days of Jim Kelly and Andre Reed.
With nearly 20 years of terrible football plagued with awful coaches and uncertainty at the quarterback position, it’s an entirely new world in Buffalo.
Most single season passing touchdowns in @BuffaloBills franchise history (1960-present):— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) December 2, 2022
37- Josh Allen (2020)
36- Allen (2021)
33- Jim Kelly (1991)
26- Joe Ferguson (1983)
25- Allen (2022 thanks to a pair so far tonight against the Patriots)
25- Ferguson (1975)
25- Kelly (1989) pic.twitter.com/Xgr6f7ERJC
Superstars are willing to travel and play in snowy Buffalo, star players are willing to take pay cuts to keep continuity, and the national spotlight hasn’t shined this bright on the city since the glory days of the 90s.
Smell the roses, it’s an exciting time to be a Bills fan.
Featured image via Shawn Dowd / USA TODAY NETWORK