Buffalo Bills lose on late New York Giants FG
For the second time in the past three weeks, the Buffalo Bills lost on a late field goal.
Lawrence Tynes kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:32 to play, as the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 27-24.
The Bills lost three weeks ago, on a field goal by Cincinnati, on the game’s final play.
While this certainly is a setback, it’s not the end of the world for the Bills.
Despite losing two of its last three games, Buffalo is still at 4-2, heading into the bye week and undefeated at home.
On the other hand, they’ve lost two games by a combined six points and this one will be difficult for Bills fans to stomach.
Ryan Fitzpatrick seemed to have his team in position to take the lead, late in the fourth quarter, before he threw an interception, down near the end zone.
The Giants drove the ball down the field, aided by penalties, and Tynes kicked the game-winning field goal.
The Bills defense didn’t play great, but they had their team in position to win, especially on the road. The biggest difference between this game and last week, against Philadelphia, was the defense didn’t cause one turnover. Last week, they forced five turnovers in the win over the Eagles.
As a Bills fan, if you had said before the season that after six weeks the team would be 4-2, I would have signed up instantly and most fans would have agreed.
But two losses by three points and each coming in a game that Buffalo could have won, is tough to deal with. You can’t afford to lose close games or give away games in the NFL, because wins are too difficult to accumulate.
If the Bills get to the end of the season and are on the outside of the playoffs, looking in, it will be these game they look back on.
Back to more positive notes. The Bills played well, despite an injury to one of their offensive lineman (while already playing without Demetrius Bell) and playing without Kyle Williams or Shawne Merriman.
The Bills also got more than 100 yards from Fred Jackson, who continues to establish himself as a premier runner in the league. Also, hometown boy, Naaman Roosevelt, made a terrific catch and run for a 60-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
The Bills have two weeks to get ready to play Washington, a home game that will be played in Toronto. With this result and two weeks to prepare for a struggling Redskins team, Buffalo will need to take another step forward in order to stay on the right track.