Buffalo, Party Like It’s 1995!
The last time the Buffalo Bills won the division, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was all the rage and the first Toy Story just was released in theaters. Think about this: Josh Allen was still a year away from being born, Tremaine Edmunds was 3 years away from being born, Stefon Diggs was 2 years old and Tre’Davious White was a couple months old.
The Buffalo Bills won the AFC East for the first time in 25 years after manhandling the Denver Broncos. The scenario for the Bills to win the division and clinch a playoff spot was simple, win and you’re in.
Josh Allen played marveloulys once again in primetime and showed why he should be in the MVP consideration. Allen threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for another 2 TDs en route to a 4 TD night. Allen showed off all night whether it was a 3rd down pass to move the chains to Stefon Diggs while falling down or an absolute dime that traveled 59 yards in the air that fell perfectly into the hands of Diggs.
The offense was clicking all night. Even on the last possession, when Devin Singletary took a handoff from Matt Barkley for a 51 yard TD. Stefon Diggs set the Bills single season receptions record after his first catch of the game and is closing on the Bills record for most receiving yards in a season. Cole Beasley continues to have his best year in his career and is closing in on a 1,000 yard season himself. Beasley and Diggs both went over 100 yards receiving in the game. The last Bills wide receiver duo to do that was Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson.
The Bills defense has really turned it around over the last couple of weeks. Once thought about as a weakness for this team earlier in the season, this unit has turned it on. They held Broncos QB Drew Lock to 132 passing yards on 32 passing attempts. Broncos wide receivers were held to just 5 catches for 37 yards. Lock was never comfortable in the pocket and should have had a couple of his passes intercepted.
The Bills sacked Lock three times, including a strip sack from All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White which DE Jerry Hughes picked up for a 21 yard score. The special teams were solid once again outside the Andre Roberts fumble that led to the Broncos first TD. Rookie kicker Tyler Bass made both his field goals and all 6 of his extra points. Punter Corey Bojourquez had to punt just once for 63 yards.
The Bills are happy with this win. However, listening to the players and coaches talk afterwards this was just one of their goals. Just look at their AFC championship gear that says “Won Not Done”. This team is hungry and humble even after winning their 1st division title since 1995. The Bills players know their ultimate goal is to hoist the Lombardi trophy down in Tampa in February.
Josh Allen said this in the locker room to the team in the locker room, “This hat and shirt is fine and dandy, but I want the one that says f***ing Super Bowl champ on it”. And this team looks like they are one of the few contenders to do just that. Just ask the hundreds of #BillsMafia members that showed up to the airport to cheer on the 2020 AFC East Champs on a cold and snowy December night during a pandemic.
Go look at the Instagram stories of Dion Dawkins, Josh Allen, Dawson Knox and other Bills players. The city of Buffalo believes in this team and will be behind them no matter what. The Bills players recognize it and love all of what the Bills Mafia does for this team. This Bills team is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Good luck knocking them out in January.
As a Bills fan who suffered through the years of J.P Losman, Trent Edwards, E.J Manuel and Nathan Peterman, Saturday was something that all of #BillsMafia will remember for a long time. I think I speak for all of #BillsMafia when saying this, thank you Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott, Josh Allen, and most importantly thank you to this entire Bills Team.
As tough of a year as 2020 has been, this team has given Bills fans anywhere and everywhere an escape. What a night Saturday was for the entire city of Buffalo, the entire Bills organization and the entire #BillsMafia community.