Niagara Gazette


October 11, 2012

MENDOLA: Reality awaits Bills on Sunday


Niagara Gazette — It's time for the story lines to go prime time. Bills owner Ralph Wilson allowed the splashing of cash on the retention of old players and the signing of big names like Mario Williams. This was to be the year the Bills pass rush made their green secondary better; Their secondary's play would allow their adequate at best linebacking corps to play more aggressive. Instead, the pass rush has stalled, the secondary is being burnt and the linebackers may or may not have played in a few weeks (I'm sure someone's watching "the tape").

Perhaps most troubling were the words of Fitzpatrick after Sunday's onslaught in San Francisco when asked — I'm paraphrasing here — how San Francisco was able to make the Bills offense look Pop Warner?

"They didn't do anything that fooled us defensively," Fitzpatrick said. "There was no fancy stuff out there. They are who they are and they played better than us today."

Well, then the offense isn't good enough. The playoffs would be a great step for the Bills, but a spot in the postseason would just be one move in the right direction. Buffalo needs to be a team worth fearing. Given the money they've spent on their players, they need to be a team that can do some damage, and not to themselves.

So far this year, the Bills have done what a computer would've predicted: beat the bad teams and get slaughtered by better teams. Well, Sunday in Arizona brings a chance to beat a Cardinals team trying to make the same claims as Buffalo, that they are for real.

So what is reality, boys?

Respond to contributor Nick Mendola via or follow him on Twitter @NicholasMendola

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