Next up, the Billy Goats.
Buffalo sits about 6 years to the northeast of the Q, on the shore of a lake aptly named “Erie.” It’s a quaint town, Buffalo; which is to say, it’s generally bleak and more than likely, right now it’s snowing in one of its suburbs. And has been since June.
But … lo and behold, the white-and-blue-clad ungulates have made a statement in this early season. They sit at 2-0, on top of the AFC East. FootballBettingCenter.com, a site usually rich with little-known stats, reports that “Since 1980, the Bills have only five wins in 13 games against the Chargers and the last was in 2008 at home by 23-14.” So one could understand why Mario Williams and crew will come out pretty fired up to disrupt River’s passing efficiency. (Two NC State alumni, by the way.)
We’re not real concerned with the Chargers having a hangover from the win over last year’s Super Bowl Champions; after all, these guys are professionals. It’s their job to take the season one game at a time. Still, we need to hope that the guys who sat out of practices this week—other than Melvin Ingram who has been ruled out—did so only to rest, and not because they’re recovering. Big difference. And we’re looking right at you Keenan Allen. Stay tough, kid.
Boomer Esiason of SI.com is calling our matchup one of this weekend’s “most underrated games” in terms of divisional importance. We tend to think so too, especially when you consider how each of these franchises is wanting to make a statement.
Buffalo also brings a tough crowd. The people who sit in Ralph Wilson stadium are what you get when you exchange the white collars of Seattle’s twelfth man for blue ones, and then add a collective temperament that could only be derived from living nine months of the year in sub 50-degree cloud cover.
The pundits love the rookie Sammy Watkins, but ESPN is reporting that the darting wideout is still dealing with the after affects of a pre-season rib injury. Really? Did no one see what he did last week?
Nevertheless, we have an impressive rookie in the secondary in Jason Verrett and a pro-bowl safety backing him up. Let’s go Weddle, put that beard to work.
Anyway you slice the bison, it’s going to be good game. And by the way, Ralph Wilson fans can tailgate with the best of them. Because, what the hell else are you going to do up there with your free time?