The Buffalo Bills have gotten off to a 3-0 start, with two thrilling, come-from-way-behind home wins over the Raiders and Patriots. The Bills now head to Cincinnati to play a Bengals team that Buffalo has beaten a whopping 10 straight times.
With the national media falling in love with the Bills, the table is set for a trap.
Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle lists the various national outlets that have either sent reporters to town or obtained time from the team’s players (including NBC SportsTalk, which interviewed receiver Stevie Johnson on Friday night).
“It feels good because we believe in ourselves and we know we can play on that level,” Johnson told Maiorana. “All that attention we’re getting, I think we are doing a good job at taking it all in.”
Coach Chan Gailey recognizes the risk. “It’s a double-edged sword,” Gailey said. “If you play great you get it, but you’ve got to learn how to handle it. If you can’t handle it, then it won’t be around long because you’ll not play the way you’re capable of playing. I’m talking a lot to these guys about handling all this stuff and making sure they don’t get away from what got us to where we are.”
Plenty of the players on the team understand that it can all fall apart. In 2008, the Bills won their first four games, before losing nine of the next 12. And so the Bills need to stay focused on taking care of business in blacked-out Paul Brown Stadium, which had fewer than 44,000 paying customers last Sunday, especially with the next two games against the Eagles and Giants.