When all is said and done for 2006, the Buffalo Bills will go down as one of the nicer stories of the season. They have won 5 of their last 7, and Sunday’s 21-0 shutout over the rival Dolphins just cements that this team has far from given up on the season. With a quarterback like J.P. Loseman struggling early in the season like he did, and with a rookie head coach and a banged up running back, it would have been easy for the Bills to just mail it in – give them credit that they didn’t.
Instead, Buffalo Sunday in the wind of Ralph Wilson Stadium used a defense that allowed just 212 net yards, most of which came after the game seemed well under control. They allowed just 100 yards passing, and just 20 of those 100 yards went to quarterback Joey Harrington, who was playing great ball before Sunday. He was just 5-of-17 with the 20 yards and two picks before being pulled for Cleo Lemon, who was for the most part also unable to produce much offense.
Losman threw three TD passes, and continues to show the fans and Bills organization why he should stay the starter well into the 2007 season. He was able to have a very efficent day, throwing for 13-of-19 passing for 200 yards. He hit Josh Reed for a 27-yard score that made it 14-0 halfway through the third quarter that seemed to put a nail in the Dolphins coffin.
It’s a win that defines what the Bills want to become as they wrap up the 2006 and head into the 2007 season, a team that has a tough defense and does not make mistakes and plays efficent on offense. The team has a lot of positives as they head into the final two weeks of the season, and with some solid offseason moves they can become a solid team once again can do damage in the AFC East.