In an abbreviated version of my normal weekly recap, I’d like to focus on the silver lining. Yes, had the Bills managed to beat the hapless Oakland Raiders we’d be talking about the facing off with the Steelers in their first playoff game since 1999. But that didn’t happen, so I’m not going to dwell on it. Instead, we should all be happy that the Bills have put together their first winning season since 2004 and beaten the Patriots in their home stadium for the first time in … forever.
More to the point, this is a sign of good things to come for the division as a whole. The Bills are on the upswing, the Patriots are as dominant as ever, the Dolphins are plugging along in their attempt to escape mediocrity, and the Jets are getting a refresh in the front office and coaching staff with a bucket of cash and a high draft pick to play with. The division is well on it’s way back to being one of the most competitive in football, a title they used to own back in the ’90s. Three of the teams have the draft to look forward to, along with hoping the Patriots get bounced in their first game of the post season, while Patriots fans can begin hitting the floor nightly in hopes of winning a fourth Super Bowl, not to mention praying that Bill Belichick doesn’t squander this years draft picks for umpteen additional picks over the next four years. But that’s really all I have to say this morning, unfortunately. The season’s over and so begins the long wait until September 2015.
So, to recap: Go Bills! Best season in 10 years! Beat the Patriots for the first time ever in their new stadium! Put the Dolphins firmly in 3rd place where they deserve!