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This is a blog where each weeks "A Few Thoughts about the game" and other random content will be stored.

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A Few Thoughts about the Playoffs Patriots Game, in no particular order

Indifference can be either a really good or bad thing.  I've had football Sunday's where I didn't realize I was watching a Bills game until well into the 2nd quarter.  Obviously, I'm watching the game, but it just feels like I'm watching any other program.  Typically, I wake up on a football Sunday and I'm already mentally planning my morning around pregame shows, food, and whatever else I have to do that day.  But some days, like Saturday, I was alarmingly non-nonchalant and didn't have a singl

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A Few Thoughts about the second Jets Game, in no particular order

© Jamie Germano / USA TODAY Sports   For the first time in years, I watched a Bills game without taking notes, and I'll be honest, my retention of the game went straight out the window. I had to wait and re-watch the game on Youtube, which was actually pretty cool to see without all the clock stoppages between plays. It's interesting the things you pick up a second time, but more so, you lose all real feel for the flow for the game. Fortunately, that part I remembered.   1 - Adjust

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A Few Thoughts about the Falcons Game, in no particular order

© Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports   I've played Madden for about 20 years now, and I'd like to think I'm pretty good at it. I was ranked in the top 5% for a bit and really have the most fun when I'm playing someone who knows football. It can be easy at times when you play someone who only runs the same plays over and over again but can't adjust to anything else. Sometimes, I will even mess around and try new plays when I'm up against someone who I can tell isn't on my skill level. In thos

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A Few Thoughts about the Patriots Game, in no particular order

© David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports   You know you have a problem when a Bills game becomes a memorable highlight of your Christmas weekend. That's not to say that Christmas weekend with the weekend wasn't fun, because it was. There's just something about a revenge game against the Hoodie that hits the right kind of way. Also, I have gotten sick the past few days, which is why this was late, and this will probably be a little short. My apologies.   1 - Allen - Before we ever draft

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A Few Thoughts About the Panthers Game, in no particular order

© Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports   My apologies for this lateness, but work and the upcoming holiday shifted my priorities a bit. Watching the games this weekend, the reality of this COVID world was ever apparent as teams were missing key players. Division games showed bizarre resorts as Marsha was smacked all over the field. The hapless Detroit Lions found a way to dominate the Cardinals, and multiple teams threw back up or third-string quarterbacks to the wolves. It's unfortunate to

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A Few Thoughts about the Bucs Game, in no particular order

© Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports   While this season is one of parody and week-to-week results, the Bills fell to one game over .500 in a game where they didn't look like they belonged on the same field for half the game. As I look back on this season versus my previous seasons writing these, it's hard for me to tell if it's harder to write during a season of blown expectations or during the drought. At least during the drought, we could focus on improvement and hope. In this season, i

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A Few Thoughts about the Patriots Game, in no particular order

© Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports   At this point, it's hard not to feel like a broken record when talking about the 2021 Bills. They aren't physical enough in the trenches. They have zero rushing attack. The Bills can't beat anyone with a winning record. As Bills fans, we try to make excuses and talk about any given Sunday. Still, after 12 games, it's time to start accepting that the Bills are not going to live up to the preseason expectations, and they are no longer the Superbowl favo

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A Few Thoughts About the Saints Game, in no particular order

© Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports   When I watch other games, I don't know who I'm rooting for until I start watching for a little bit. I don't know what makes me gravitate towards one team or the other, it just sort of happens. For those of you who watched the Lions game on Thanksgiving, I found myself as angry as if the Bills lost to the Jaguars again. The Bears only need one more first down to kill the clock and kick the game-winning field goal. The Bears line up with two receivers on

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A Few Thoughts about the Colts game, in no particular order

© Robert Scheer-USA TODAY Sports   Mariano Rivera is arguably the best MLB closer of all time. Beyond the numbers and championships, the thing that made him so great was that every hitter knew what pitch was coming. When you were down 0-2, the high cutter was coming your way. Posada would literally stand up behind the plate. As a viewer, it almost didn't make sense why these professional athletes couldn't hit a pitch that they knew the location and type, yet it just kept happe

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A Few Thoughts About the Jets Game, in no particular order

© Chris Pedota-USA TODAY Sports   One of the toughest parts about writing these is not knowing what the Bills plan was going in. There are so many plays where you assume one player missed their assignment when maybe they were the one who reacted first to cover up for someone else. That thought typically keeps my perspective in check, and I try to focus only on the play's end results or a specific engagement between players. Regardless, it's tough not to give in to the eyeball

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A Few Thoughts about the Dolphins Game (part 2), in no particular order

© Jamie Germano / USA TODAY NETWORK   Somewhere between the drought and today, we all got a little spoiled. On some level, it's natural when you have the 2nd highest-paid QB in the league and made it to the AFC Championship game last year. But as we saw this week, where the Jets beat the Bengals, and the Chargers lost to the Patriots, every week presents new challenges which can be amplified within your division. Even on a seven-game winning streak against the Dolphins, they've playe

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A few thoughts about the Titans game, in no particular order

© Andrew Nelles / Tennessean.com / USA TODAY Sports   Statistics, trends, analytics, whatever you want to call them; they are great for planning and creating your overall strategy. However, once the game begins and new information arrives, you have to make adjustments based upon what you are seeing in the moment. If there's one thing I don't believe we did in this loss, it's to adjust to what was happening in the moment. There's going to be a lot of frustration and arguments as the B

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A Few Thoughts about the Chiefs Game, in no particular order

© Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports For those who've read these for a while, you'll know that I typically try to let some time pass after each game before writing these. My goal is to let the emotions, positive or negative, simmer down before attempting to put objective thoughts out there. However, as some of you may know, I couldn't relax heading into this game and had to put a few thoughts out there for a pre-game. While only week 5, as all the players reminded us after the game, I knew what

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A Few Thoughts about the Texans game, in no particular order

© Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports   One of the more well-known comments heard in the NFL is "On any given Given Sunday....", referring to the idea that any team can win any game at any time. Fans see upsets all the time, and this Sunday was no different as a NJ Jets team was able to pull a win out against the Titans. However, sometimes Goliath is just plain Goliath, and they smack David down with a force that makes them question if the NFL is really the right career choice for them

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A Few Thoughts about the Washington Game, in no particular order

© Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports   You know that feeling when you think you left your phone somewhere while out shopping? There's a little bit of panic and self-doubt as you wonder where you could have left it, and you start strategizing how you will track it, recover your photos, convince the store it was stolen, so you warranty covers it, yadda yadda yadda. After hours of internal self-scrutiny, you reach your hand into your other pocket and find it, realize that only a second has pas

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A Few Thoughts about the Dolphins Game, in no particular order

© BILL INGRAM/PALM BEACH POST - USA TODAY Sports   Everyone has the club in their golf bag.  You know the one I'm talking about (for me, it's the 7 wood).  You are hooking and slicing shots all day and can't quite figure out what's wrong.  Then you pull out that one club, crush it down the middle, and all of your clubs magically start to work again.  For the Bills and McD, that club is the Miami Dolphins.  After a 35-0 beating, one would think that all is right with the world, bu

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A Few Thoughts about the Steelers Game, in no particular order

© Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports For months, fans, radio announcers, and players have all talked about the Bills home opener as being the place to be.  Being at the game today, the fans did not disappoint.  The lots filled up early, traffic was heavy, and the music was loud.  In all my years attending games, that was easily the most electric of a tail gate experience as I can remember seeing.  The weather held off, the Bills are Super Bowl favorites, and they were favored by almost a touchdow

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A Few Thoughts about the Lions Game, in no particular order

Credit © Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press   As it's the preseason for the refs, camera crews, networks, alongside the players; it's also the preseason for me in terms of getting myself back in that writing rhythm and mindset.  Typically, I would write these late Sunday night or Monday at work, thinking I was meeting a solid 24 hour turn around.  These Friday games just mess me up heading into the weekend because I can never find the time.  Also, I've been very in my own head around what mo

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A Few Thoughts Intro

In deciding to put “Thoughts” out there on more social media platforms, I began to think about the endless amounts of content that is out there between fan and professional writers. To be very clear, I am a fan writer and have zero affiliation with the team or any other news outlet. I did receive my English degree and debating sports journalism for a short while, but then decided being able to eat and place a roof over my head was more important. With that being said, if you’re a first time read

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