The Buffalo Bills haven’t won on Monday Night Football in a really long time. Like 20 years. The last time the Bills were successful on Monday’s primetime game was when Y2K was still something we talked about as a society.
In Week 4 of 1999, Doug Flutie led the Bills to a win over the Miami Dolphins on ABC’s version of Monday Night Football. The commentators were Al Michaels and Boomer Esiason. Gabe Northern returned a fumble for the first touchdown, Flutie found Eric Moulds for a six-yard TD, and Steve Christie had three field goals to lift Buffalo to a 23-18 victory. Miami’s three turnovers proved costly as the Dolphins outgained the Bills.
That’s it. The last time the Bills won on Monday Night Football. Since then, Buffalo is 0-8 on the brightest stage in the NFL. They’ve been blown out (44-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in 2000), lost three games by a combined four points, and let victory slip through their hands including Leodis McKelvin fumbling a kickoff return and the Dallas Cowboys miraculously coming back to defeat the Bills in the final seconds.
There’s another common theme in the last 20 games on MNF: They haven’t scored more than 27 points since October of 1993.