Bills 2-0. Now what??
You hear it from players every week. "We are focused on one game" or "The next game is the biggest."
This week the Bills would be right. Let the hype machine begin, and let it begin right here. Get ready for Sunday.. It's the 2-and-0 Bills hosting the 2-and-0 Patriots for the early season lead in the AFC East. WOW.
But before we look ahead, let's catch up from Sunday.
I took a day to try and digest the Bills 38-35 win over the Raiders.. but I'm still shaking my head.
What a victory. What an effort by a scrappy bunch that won't go away. I made my way down from the press box to the tunnel for the final several minutes of the fourth quarter.. and when David Nelson hauled in the final touchdown.. Ralph Wilson Stadium was simply electric. Fans were soaking it up, and rightfully so.
There were so many big plays, so many great efforts in the victory.. but I have to start again with Ryan Fitzpatrick. This guy gives you a chance.
Fitzpatrick helped the offense shake off a forgettable first half, before leading one of the most memorable comebacks in franchise history.
5 possessions in the second half, 5 touchdowns. 481 total yards of offense. A team record 34 first downs, and 1 fantastic win.
Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes in the victory. That's seven on the season, with only one interception. Jim Kelly is the only other quarterback in Bills history to have seven or more touchdowns in the first two games. Kelly had 8 in 1991.
What's impressed me most so far is the leadership that Fitzpatrick has shown. He has this team, this offense, and a young group of receivers, brimming with confidence. Believing that no hole is too big, and that every game is winnable. Fitzpatrick has been waiting for this opportunity his entire career. He couldn't wait to start the season as the "go to guy" for the first time. So far, so good.
The Bills offense has produced close to 40 points a game through the first two weeks. Fitzpatrick is smart enough to know that scoring at that pace will be tough to continue but who knows under Chan Gailey. The head coach and quarterback continue to grow in their relationship, continue to grow in the second year of this offense.
Fitzpatrick is leading the way, but everyone seems to be doing their part for the offense. Fred Jackson has been outstanding, he entered Monday as the NFL's leading rusher. The offensive line continues to deserve all the credit in the world. Holding the Raiders to no sacks was impressive.
The defense had a tough day against Oakland. Too many big plays against the secondary. Especially with the Raiders missing three of their top wide receivers. Gailey said on Monday that players were in the position to make plays, they just didn't. That won't work against the Patriots.
That's whats next. The Patriots. A team that the Bills haven't beaten since the home opener in 2003. 2-0 has caught peoples attention. Beating New England changes the conversation.
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