“Fresh Down the Stretch!” That Buffalo Bills goal is a key part of the message delivered in the visitors locker room after the club delivered a win for the third time in 12 days, demolishing the New England Patriots 24-10. It also happened to be the first Buffalo win in the AFC East in 2022.
But that is behind them now, and Bills head coach Sean McDermott – in crediting his team’s “character and leadership” for getting Buffalo through that game and to 9-3 – used his Thursday night visit with his players to emphasize the next step … with QB Josh Allen joining in to deliver the message.
Divisional dub!! 👏@FDSportsbook | #BUFvsNE pic.twitter.com/v6OPyliCUC
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) December 2, 2022
Part of what McDermott is saying here – without actually saying it – is that “three days off” can be an accidental invitation for players (and for that matter, for coaches and staffers and the rest of us) to make a mistake in behavioral judgment.
In other words: Keep your noses clean.
The Bills (after some enjoyed a Saturday night dinner with Odell Beckham Jr.) will almost certainly fill part of this time off with a Sunday football extravaganza featuring AFC East rivals in action, with the New York Jets playing at Minnesota in the early game and the Miami Dolphins up against the Bengals later … in a game scheduled for late afternoon, as is Chiefs vs. Niners.