There is a new sheriff in town, along with a new D.A., twenty something newcomers on the field, new coordinators and new systems playing under a bunch of new laws, philosophies and culture.
And none of that is fake news.
There was trouble in Billsville the last couple years when Insane Clown Posse was running the team and ingrates running the asylum.
It hasn’t taken long to reverse field and flip the script, as evidenced by the Bills second straight quality win over a previously undefeated powerhouse, this time 23-17 on the road against the high flyin’, high falutin’ Falcons down in previously Hot ‘Lanta.
The Bills are trending on social media and in NFL circles for their league leading defense, opportune offense, and solid coaching by first timer, Richie Cunningham.
What has Bills fans perplexed is whether or not this trending is an actual trend or aberration? We have been fooled before by quick starts only to return to Earth and turf in the most Billsy of ways.
But this feels and looks different.
We may not keep this pace and go 12-4 but there is a lot to like about the new guys at New Era.
And notice how it’s we, and our, now that we are winning?
We are well prepared and don’t make a lot of mistakes. Role players, get this, play their roles. Crazy, huh? Tyrod Taylor’s first drive of the year ended on an INT (right through the hands of Chuck Clay) and TT hasn’t had one turnover since.
Our new kicker is burning down the Houschka, making 55 yarders like they are going IN style, and making all his extra points to boot. We are not blocking in the back every return, which I didn’t think was even allowed. Players are using their heads instead of losing them. The defense started off quickly and then turned it up a notch.
Now, granted, the NewBills have had luck with injuries for the first time in, well, forever. We haven’t had many, and it helped that Julio Jones and Manu Manu went out with injuries in the first half.
But no self-loathing Bills fan can have any sympathy for the Falcons after all the boo boos we have had the last decade, especially to our WR corps. And besides, our top guy Jordan Matthews went out, too, leaving us with, well, no one, except a rookie second rounder with the chronic yips.
Although we did re-sign Philly Cheesesteak this week, which scares, well, no one.
The NewBills are also benefitting from fortunate calls by the referees, although since we followed the “you make your own luck” syndrome when we were bad, and got no luck and no calls, it only makes sense that they are going our way now, when we are playing confident, mostly mistake free football.
And not only are these non-Billsy Bills not making bonehead plays, they are actually making head-scratching, mind-boggling ones, too. The good kind. Both of the Tyrod to Clay long balls were heroic catches on insane throws.
Micah Hyde’s two interceptions were highlight reel thievery, one leaping as high as he could and one diving as low as he could. The Bills five or six new DBs are the least Billsy of all, taking turns having stud games, and are only good to great in their other ones.
The Bills gave up their lone TD pass of the season against Matty Ice on a short bullet. We are leading the league in least points allowed. And the bend but don’t break defensive strategy is… wait for it… bending but not breaking.
The old Bills under Dinosaur Rex played the “bend but then break anyway” style.
For the second straight week, the Bills new coaches have the team clicking on all cylinders in all three phases of the game. That rarely happened before and suddenly it’s twice in a row and trending.
So while we are enjoying it while it lasts, this week the Bills Bandwagon travels to the Cincinnati Zoo, which houses the rarest of wild, dangerous animals, Vontaze Burfict. The Bengals, after a pussywillow start, have had a re-birth of their own, especially a 31-0 whitewashing of the Browns last week.
Ginger Dalton has seemingly regained his lost touch after the Great Zampese was fired and replaced by some futuristic Bill Lazor.
So come on down to the madhouse on Santa Monica Boulevard for some adult beverages, free wings at halftime, cold Blues and Hot Takes on the New Era Bills.
Put your trendy New Era rally caps on. It’s Big Game hunting against the Bengals.
By Pete Rosen