The Buffalo Bills are coming to town Sunday and who knows what we’ll get from them? They can play you tough or completely fall apart at a moment’s notice. I’d take them lightly, but after the Minnesota game, I’m not inclined to rest easy for any opponent.
Still, it’s hard to talk about the Bills and keep a straight face or not change the subject to something more interesting. It doesn’t have to be much to be more, either.
The Bills have been mostly a POS since their glory days of being the only team in history to go to four straight Super Bowls. They lost them all, have a double murderer on their Fame Wall (if they have a Fame Wall), and I’m already wishing I could change the subject.
It’s been fashionable the last two years to tout the Bills as a rising power in the AFC East, proving this is a bad era for fashion. They won a few games to start the 2011 season, then fell apart. They’re 2-2 this year, beating KC and Cleveland (anybody know a good joke?) and getting destroyed by the Jets and Patriots. They have a fairly good offense and a fairly bad defense. And O.J. wants Obama to give him a pardon before his tear ducts run dry up in northern Nevada.
The Bills made a big Free Agency splash this past offseason, signing DE Mario Williams to a mega-contract. This was Williams’ second mega-contract, the first coming as the surprise first selection in the 2006 Draft. The guy knows mega-contracts, that’s for sure. To date, as a player, he’s been a good, but not superstar great player. And that was with the Texans. With the Bills, he’s been mostly invisible through four games. He blames a wrist owie for his piddling production. Fine, Mario. Whatever. You were supposed to make the Bills ferocious. Meow.
Fun fact: Buffalo, Detroit, and Cleveland have Lake Erie surrounded. Okay, maybe it’s not a fun fact. Maybe it just explains things. Three cities. Three losers. One lake.
If I had an Editor in Chief, I’d be turning to him/her now and saying, “Do I really have to do this piece? Can’t I go home and knit a sweater?”
The last time the 49ers played the Bills was 2008. Mike Singletary was the interim coach and it was a road game. In a thrilling game that put everyone to sleep in the second quarter, the 49ers won 10-3 — a rare pre-Jim Harbaugh road win and the beginning of the faux legend of Singletary, brilliant new Head Coach. Strong safety Donte Whitner was on that Bills team and was only too happy to switch teams in 2011.
Thankfully, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Rams Thursday night, providing the 49ers with an extra incentive to beat the Bills this week. First place in the NFC West beckons. If the team plays to form, the first half will be a conservative affair, the Niners should have a modest half time lead, and the second half should be a methodical beat down, with the 49ers winning easily.
Too bad, really. Buffalo took Bill over Bob, and that has made all the difference.