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SB Nation Reacts results, Week 17 — A slightly less-confident Bills Mafia?

What goes up, must come down. Right?

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The Buffalo Bills won a game against the Los Angeles Chargers that, in three statistical categories, left them with the longest of odds. In LA, The Bills lost the turnover battle 3-0, fell short in time of possession (26:56 to 33:04), and were called for more penalties (7 vs. 6) than the Chargers. Prior to Buffalo’s win, teams falling on the wrong end of that trio were a combined 249-10 in the last 40 years.

Make that 249-11, thank you very much.

To say there were stressful moments in last weekend’s Bills game is an understatement. But what’s most important is that the Buffalo Bills pulled out a much-needed victory on the road against an AFC foe. Bills Mafia is right to be excited — Buffalo is now 9-6 and the six seed after entering their bye 6-6 and fourth from the bottom of the AFC.

It’s said that what goes up, must come down, and that applies to plenty of ideas outside the laws of gravity. Take this week’s confidence poll, for example. Where in Week 16 89% of voters were confident in the direction of the Buffalo Bills, this week the number dipped to 83%.

Perhaps some fans who live outside of either team’s market are upset about having to add yet another streaming service (or find somewhere away from home to watch) to their repertoire of seemingly endless stream options.

Or, it’s possible that 6% of voters are concerned after observing what unfolded in Los Angeles. I’m of the opinion that, while there were some concerns watching (and re-watching) the game, the Bills’ having won in the manner they did could prove beneficial moving forward.

They showed grit, and they proved resilient having learned from past mistakes. Better yet, they found a way to close out a tight win, and on the road.

It’s important for me to also consider motivation, and the Los Angeles Chargers had plenty of it after losing 63-21 the week prior, with the players learning via social media that head coach Brandon Staley and longtime general manager Tom Telesco had been fired. There were plenty of reasons to expect those who remained would come out firing. We’ve seen the positive bump from similar moves by other teams as recently as this season, as well in the past.

So, I’ll simply say that I’m thankful the Bills didn’t become another statistic to bolster such theories. As for you — what did last weekend’s win reveal to you?


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