Bills GM Buddy Nix in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550 was asked to assess whether the Bills have closed the gap on the Patriots and what they can rely on in their matchup with New England Sunday.
“I do think we’ve closed the gap, and if I sat here and told you we don’t look at where the Patriots are I’d be lying to you,” said Nix. “That’s where we want to be and if we haven’t closed the gap some in three years I’ve wasted some of my life here.”
Last season Buffalo depended on turnovers to post a comeback victory over New England in Week 3. Relying on turnovers is dangerous however, because when you don’t get them you won’t win. That’s part of what happened to Buffalo in the second half of the 2011 season. Nix doesn’t believe they need to do that anymore.
“We can’t depend on the turnovers like we did last time and I don’t think we have to this time,” he said. “I don’t know that this one game will either way will say we’ve arrived or we’re there, but I do think it’s a measuring stick. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and that’s where we want to go.”
As Nix sees it completely shutting down the Patriots offense is unlikely to happen, but he believes the Bills have the ability to slow Tom Brady and company down.
“We are better and I think that is why there is a little different feel this year than last year when we were undefeated at this time. Turnovers have a tendency to even out and we were winning on some of those which was great, but you’re probably not going to get them all the time. I think we’re definitely better in maybe all areas. Tom Brady is going to get their points and make their plays we’ve just got to limit them.”
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