Karma. For some people, it is a Buddhist principle that they sneer at. For others, it is the second word in “Credit Karma,” a free way to obtain your credit report. For the Buffalo Bills, it is what happens when they release veteran punter Brian Moorman, the Patriots delivering a 52-28 karmic defeat.
So, how did karma humiliate the Buffalo Bills?
Red Zone Revenge
After a beautiful fumble recovery by Jairus Byrd, the Bills took over in Patriots territory near the end of the first quarter. My stomach did not feel so good, as the Bills fumbled shortly afterward, coughing up the pigskin on the one yard line, 1:25 left in the half. It was a lost opportunity that could have put the Bills up 21-7.
For the most part, the first half Gods favored the Bills. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed two field goals and the Bills defense held the Pats to seven points.
Buffalo even scored a great Fitzpatrick-to-Donald Jones, up-the-middle touchdown in the third quarter. Ahh, some Jim Kelly to Andre Reed nostalgia. In spite of Fitzpatrick’s four interceptions, the offense did not blow it this time.
Bills Defense Out to Lunch
To put it to you straight, the Bills defense was out to lunch, soiling the flower bed for the final 30 minutes of regulation. Yes, Stephon Gilmore saved a couple touchdowns with some hard hits and deflective hands. Yet, at the end of the day, the Patriots scored 45 points after halftime, Tom Brady stunning the Bills defense into paralysis.
Where were Mario Williams and Mark Anderson? Brady had too much time to throw. Didn’t those guys play on Tom Brady’s team? Much to my chagrin, Brady proved himself worthy of wearing his pleasant smelling Stetson cologne. However, the Bills defense should hose themselves off with some tomato juice, their skunky play embarrassing me and the city of Buffalo.
Somewhere along the line, the Bills defense lost their confidence, which seemed to float in the gutter after Tom Brady scrambled into the end zone, making it 21-14. The Bills resembled a high school football team distracted by the Pep band, with Buffalonian Rob Gronkowski making fools out of our cornerbacks.
Where is Billy Bob from “Varsity Blues” when you need a defensive fill-in?
This loss hurts. Our division record is now 2-12 under Chan Gailey. You cannot take the division by winning less than 50 percent of your divisional games. Without these victories, our playoff chances swirl down the drain.
For Bills fans, it is a turn-your-Bills-shirt-inside-out-and-eat-some-homemade-chicken-soup-week. The bright side? Maalox and Pepto Bismol will be flying off the shelves as Bills fans try to stomach this gruesome loss.
At least the Bills did not get pounced as badly as Bradford’s football team, losing their homecoming game to Dubois 84-6 this past weekend. Ugh. . .
The moral of the Bills’ story is: See what happens when you let go of Brian Moorman? Karma gives a bitter bite. Thank you, Brian, for all your great work as a Buffalo Bill. Dallas is lucky to have you.