This Was The Turning Point Of The Buffalo Bills Season
The Buffalo Bills are 10-6 with one game left in the 2021 regular season schedule. That game will be this Sunday at Highmark Stadium at 4:25 pm. If the Bills win, they will clinch the AFC East. They also clinch with a New England Patriots loss.
The Bills already clinched a postseason berth after this past Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium, 29-15. The game was not the typical Bills win over the past two seasons, as they ran the ball for over 200 yards combined, and scored all four touchdowns on the ground with running back Devin Singletary and quarterback, Josh Allen.
The Bills have now won three straight games -- home against the Carolina Panthers, at the New England Patriots, and home against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Bills previously lost two games in a row and three out of the last four -- two of those losses in brutal fashion. They fell to the Indianapolis Colts 41-15 the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then they lost to the Patriots in Orchard Park in a windstorm, as New England only attempted three passes in a 14-10 win.
But the turning point of the season for the Bills was during another loss. Yes, really, the Bills turned things around in a losing effort.
It was the road game in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers. More specifically, coming out of the half against Tampa.
The Bills were coming off a brutal loss to the Patriots on Monday night and they laid an egg in the first half against the Bucs -- trailing 24-3. However, the Bills were by far the better team in the second half, outscoring Tamps 24-3 in the second half on the back of quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen threw for over 300 yards 54 passes, including rushing for over 100 yards. That second half was the moment that Allen and the team decided enough was enough and they went back to the team we've grown to love since the start of 2020.
It reminded me of a game the Buffalo Sabres had in 2006. They had an average start to the 2005-2006 season, but then became an offensive juggernaut into early 2006. After going through a rough patch, losing five straight games but coming back to their old selves against the New York Rangers in a shootout loss.
If the Bills end up making the AFC Championship game again or win the entire thing altogether, we will all look back at the second half of the Tampa Bay loss at the turning point. If the Bills don't have that second half against Tom Brady and the Bucs, we might not be talking about a third straight playoff berth.