Inside The Bills

Painfully close to be fixed by consistency

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2013 – 5:45 pm

The Bills were again painfully close to a victory over the Patriots. In season openers the last three times Buffalo has faced New England it has been a tight game. Unfortunately New England has escaped with the victory in each of those contests.

In the past three season openers against New England, the Patriots have won all three games by a combined five points. Here’s a look at the results from the 2006, 2009 and 2013 openers.

2006     9/10      at New England   19-17 (L)

2009     9/14      at New England   25-24 (L)

2013     9/8        vs. New England   23-21(L)

“I think it is a league that’s close. I really do,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “I think there’s great parity in this league and I’ve always believed that. Some teams can’t hang in there long enough and I can’t speak for other teams, but the teams I’ve been on in this league it’s always close. It’s always those little things and you try to make bigger things out of it than it is.

“You look at all the statistics and everything like that, but there are always going to be those four or six or eight plays that are out there, that if you make this play and do this and do that you wind up second guessing what play would’ve sparked the win. But at the end of the day it’s the little things, doing all the little things right.

“When you have that structure and you can do all the little things right, then your consistency goes up quite a bit because there is talent on this team. We have to just get the consistency out of (the talent) and we (as coaches) have to do a better job too now.

“We’re going to get better. We’re going to push the heck out of this team and this team is going to push the heck out of us coaches. They rely on us and we rely on them.”

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