Had the Buffalo Bills been able to knock off powerhouse New England Sunday in Orchard Park, surely my mindset would be different. They’d have won five of seven games and I’d be all about them ending the season six for eight by handing the New York Jets a defeat to end the season, regardless of draft order consequence.
But after witnessing first-hand how far the Bills have to get in New England’s league, I’ll finally say something (at least publicly) I haven’t all season long.
I hope the Bills lose their last game.
Don’t get me wrong–there’s no way Chan Gailey won’t have his team going all out to win and given what the circumstances will be, a victory is a strong possibility. But to put on the hat of a Bills fan, there’s nothing to gain by “earning” their fifth win to finish 5-11 against what’s sure to be a collection of Jets backups, seeing they have nothing to play for after clinching a wild card spot.
As of this moment, the Bills are sitting fourth in the 2011 draft pecking order. A loss to New York assures them of no worse than fourth and depending on what Denver and Cincinnati do next Sunday, could pick as high as second.
A victory however, puts them into dangerous territory. Pretty much assured of losing any tiebreaker because the Bills have played the hardest schedule in the NFL, a win could push them all the way down to ninth on next year’s selection list.
Even if things go well for Buffalo around the league next Sunday, a win pretty much ensures they’ll pick sixth or seventh.
I’m sorry, I don’t possess a “Lay Down Larry” type of mentality, though many did weeks ago when the Bills were 0-8. The reason I’ve wanted to see Buffalo finish strong is obvious— it builds team confidence for the future and could possibly attract free agents to come to a team on the rise.
However, beating Mark Brunell and a bunch of Jets benchwarmers Sunday will do nothing to help either cause.
Regardless if the Bills pick second or fourth, they’re not getting Andrew Luck if he decides to come out unless they swing a deal with Carolina. Still, the difference between pick four and nine could loom large. You’re talking potentially the difference between the first or second defensive player on the board compared to the fifth or sixth.
If it weren’t already a foregone conclusion, anyone could see against New England the Bills front seven isn’t very good.
New England also heavily exploited Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’ll openly admit to wavering after what I saw. I don’t know if Fitzpatrick just had a terrible game or if he’s never been as good as I thought he was, but color me worried.
If Buddy Nix wants a quarterback early, he could probably have his pick of the liter after Luck if they finish 4-12. That wouldn’t be the case if San Francisco or Arizona jump ahead of them.
So, I won’t keep you guys longer because frankly, I’m not comfortable with publicly stating that I hope a Bills defeat is on the horizon. But it is what it is at this point, so just do what you been doing best for the last 11 years.
Just lose, baby.
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