The Buffalo Bills may not be going to the playoffs again, but Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers won't be shedding any tears.
In back-to-back games, the Bills defense has throttled two of the game's best quarterbacks, the latest coming on Sunday when they made Rodgers look very bad (34.3 rating) in a 21 to 13 win over the mighty Packers helped by two interceptions from their totally secret weapon Bacarri Rambo, signed off the street before the game.
What a shame that a team with a defense capable of stopping Manning and Rodgers probably won't make the playoffs, even if they win out over Oakland and New England for a 10 – 6 record.
The Bills started their season with E J Manuel struggling badly to look like an NFL quarterback and then turned to journeyman Kyle Orton to try and give them a chance to win. Orton did that but not much more. He didn't do much against the Packers on Sunday but he didn't need to as the defense did more than enough to overcome the poor offense and humble the mighty Packers.
So where does that leave the Bills? Well, they are slightly alive for the playoffs but will need to win out and get help to make it. Not likely. But they still need a quarterback down the road to become a legitimate playoff team and that is a problem for the front office.
But on defense, the Bills have made it. No matter what happens in the last two games, the Bills have eight wins for the first time since 2004. That credit goes to the defense and a terrific field goal kicker in Dan Carpenter, 4 for 4 against the Packers.
The Packers were rolling with five straight wins before they hit Buffalo's defense, and that was it. At the very least, the strong performances against two certain Hall of Famers has been great for the loyal fans who have suffered so long with this franchise. Let's hope they get lucky and make the playoffs because there's no telling how long they can hold this defense together. If they do make it, they now realize they can probably beat anybody even without much of an offense because their defense is so very good.
I wish the team luck in the final two games and hope for a playoff miracle. You never know what could happen, as they proved the last two weeks, by humbling two of the game's very best quarterbacks of all time. Finally, fans have a little something to cheer about.