The Buffalo Bills, a team that started the season as favorites to win the Super Bowl, lost in alarming fashion to the Minnesota Vikings for a second straight game on Sunday.
Sure, it took the Bills longer to lose to the one-loss Vikings, but they led that game by as much as 14 points, marking the second straight week that they squandered a double-digit lead (they lost to New York ). jets the week before).
That’s just one of the reasons FOX Sports’ Nick Wright is sounding the alarm at Buffalo, who go 6-3 into the back half of a schedule filled with .500-over AFC East rivals.
“Buffalo, you’re not a bad team. That’s a good goal: Don’t be a bad team,” Wright said Wednesday on First Things First. “Unfortunately, the standard for the Bills this year – oddly for a team that has never done anything – has been Super Bowl or Bust.
“We have no reason to believe that is theoretically achievable. You lost a 10-point lead in a row. They’re in a three-game stretch where they haven’t scored a single touchdown in the second half.”
A major catalyst for the Bills’ troubles in recent weeks has been sales. They had four against the Vikings in Week 10, including two interceptions from Josh Allen in the red zone, marking the third straight week Allen has thrown multiple interceptions in a game. Four of those six interceptions came in the red zone.
Sales were alarming for the Bills and Allen. Their 18 turnovers are the most in the league this season and nearly double their first nine games last season (10). Allen’s 10 interceptions also lead the league.
After not committing a single red-zone turnover in the first nine games of last season, the Bills have committed a league-high five red-zone turnovers this year. Allen is responsible for everyone (three interceptions and two fumbles).
Wright believes that while other competitors have a specialty, the Bills are notorious for throwing too much.
“What are the Buffalo Bills great at right now?” Wright asked. “I can tell you what [Kansas City] Chiefs are great at it. I can tell you what the [San Francisco] 49er…the [Miami] Dolphins…the [Baltimore] Ravens are great at it. there [are] many teams that I can say are not perfect, but at least they are great [at one thing].
“Buffalo, I think the answer would be to throw to your guys and the other team. You’re close to the top of the league on both counts.”
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With Allen continuing to play despite an elbow injury and several key defensive players being sidelined (Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre’Davious White), Wright believes there is legitimate concern in Buffalo.
“My question is, with a battered defense, a battered Josh Allen, being sixth in the conference and third in their division isn’t enough to worry you, what would worry you?” said Wright.
The Bills will host the Cleveland Browns (3-6) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET), weather permitting.
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