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Why I'm encouraged with today, and why you should be too


I'm encouraged satisfied with today's result.  Yes, it was heartbreaking.  Yes, it was another example of how we continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in new and innovative way in the last few minutes.  But why am I encouraged satisfied?  Let me tell you.

Remember how you felt halfway through the third quarter today?  I do - through that point in the game, we had put together 4 drives, 26 plays, 119 total yards, 3 punts, and the last drive showing the most promise but ending in a deflating fumble.  The score was 13-0, and we had no hope.

At that point in the game, if I were to offer you the chance to see the same story for the rest of the game OR a scrapping Bills team that mounted a comeback and forced OT, against one of the top defenses in the NFL, which would you choose?

90% of the post-game comments are overwhelmingly negative and seek to find someone or something to hang the goat horns on (or worse).  Stevie Johnson is the favorite choice for that agonizing drop, but Evans, the entire front seven, and even Gailey have all been named.  To blame this loss on any single player, coach or play seems to miss the point.  And here it is:

We learned last week we are good enough to overcome a half of bad play against a bad team.  We learned this week we aren't good enough to overcome a half of bad play against a good team.  And we've learned over the past six weeks that we can compete with anyone on Sunday, despite the widely acknowledged lack of talent in key positions.

The simple fact is that today is a comeback that didn't quite make it.  And because of that I'm encouraged by satisfied with today - because by the looks of it to me, our turnaround continues to track ahead of schedule.  This is a rapidly improving team, one that right now cannot be taken lightly by any opponent no matter what their record.  And for the first time in many years, I'm consistently looking forward to watching next week's game again and again.

Next step:  looking for the team to execute soundly for a full sixty minutes.  And I'm buckling my seatbelt - because this is going to be a crazy ride.

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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