In a league where the players go at 110% all the time (see Tom Coughlin vs. Greg Schiano handshake in NY today) how can anyone believe that there is really garbage time in the NFL? As every Fantasy Football coach will tell you, they love when their QB gets behind in a game (except Fitz, thank you.) But if the defense has shut them down so far, wouldn't they continue to pour it on and really add salt to the wound.
Let's take today's game in lovely Western New York. I sat here in Southern California, hoping for snippets on NFL Red Zone, following the rest via my preferred Fantasy Football provider. Up 35-3 at the end of the third quarter, I knew we had the first win of the season. And then the Chiefs go on a five play, 80 yard drive for a TD (1 yard run, 9 yard run, 11 yard pass, 26 yard pass and 33 yard TD pass.) Buffalo goes three-and-out and then Kansas City comes roaring back on a nine play, 83 yard drive for a quick follow up TD (17 yard run, 4 yard run, 23 yard pass, 9 yard pass, 2 yard run, 26 yard pass and 2 yard TD pass.) And all I can do is sit here and ponder the issues that we still have with our pass protection. Garbage time and win-in-hand be damned.
It's the same way I felt last week when we scored three in the second half. Yes, we were going to lose but those three touchdowns gave me hope that we really do have a playoff-caliber team this season. And yet, every media outlet kept referring to the garbage time scores.
The NFL is 110%, every play, every game. The Bills should not have let the Chiefs march down the field so easily late in the game today. And they needed those scores last week to avoid being even more embarrassed than they already were. Those scores gave them something to build on for Week Two, which they used to dominate.
Looking forward to the non-garbage thrashing in Cleveland next week.