Gronk Given One Game Suspension for Hit on White

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit on Tre’Davious White.  The Buffalo native is appealing the league’s decision.  Gronk made the controversial hit after White intercepted a Tom Brady pass.  He has entered the concussion protocol as a precaution.  THE UNSPORTSMANLIKE PLAY COULD HAVE CAUSED WHITE SERIOUS INJURY.  GRONK SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR THIS REGRETTABLE LAPSE.  SHAKING OUR HEADS AT THE UNCHARACTERISTIC INFRACTION BY OUR NATIVE SON, WE ARE STUNNED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills were defeated by division rival New England 23 – 3.  It was a costly loss, with injuries to both Tyrod Taylor and Tre’Davious White.  Taylor  injured his knee in the first play of the game and eventually left in the fourth quarter.  He is under evaluation by the doctors.  White took a blow to the head on a cheap shot from Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and is in the concussion protocol.  It was a long afternoon on offense, with Taylor completing just  9 of 18 for 65 yards.  The only score came on a field goal by Stephen Hauschka.  THE BILLS CONTINUE THEIR DOWNWARD SPIRAL.  THEY HAVE NOW LOST 4 OF THE LAST 5 GAMES.  WITH PLAYOFF HOPES FADING, DIFFICULT DECISIONS WILL BE MADE CONCERNING WHICH QUARTERBACK TO START NEXT WEEK.  THIS MAY WELL BE THE END OF THE TYROD TAYLOR ERA.  REELING FROM ADVERSITY AND SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS,  WE MUST REGROUP AS 1BUFFALO.

The Patriots are 8.5 point favorites over the Bills.  The defending World Champions are in town for a key division matchup.  At age 40 Tom Brady is at the height of his game.  Fans can find consolation that the Bills are 4 – 1 at home.  They may pull off an upset.  IT WILL BE AN UPHILL BATTLE IN THE REGULAR SEASON HOMESTRETCH.  NEW ENGLAND IS ARGUABLY THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE AND A LONG-TIME NEMESIS.  LOOKING FOR SPIRITED ACTION AGAINST ALL ODDS, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills will host the red hot Patriots tomorrow at New Era Field.  New England has won 7 in a row and is looking to clinch the division championship.  The Bills will be without Kelvin Benjamin.  LeSean McCoy is listed as probable.  The game will be a homecoming for Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski.  Gronk is on fire, with 702 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns this season.  THE PATRIOTS ARE A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT.  THE BILLS FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE AS THEY COMPETE FOR A WILDCARD BERTH.  NEXT UP WILL BE 2 WINNABLE CONTESTS AGAINST THE COLTS AND DOLPHINS.  LOOKING FOR OUR GUYS TO PREVAIL AT HOME, WE ARE HOPEFUL AS 1BUFFALO.

Now that the Bills are in the hunt for a wildcard berth, attention turns to the prospects for a new stadium.  New Era Field is among the most antiquated venues in the NFL.  A new arena should be built downtown near Key Center and canalside.  It would complement the Pegulas other sports investments, including the Sabres and hockey center at Marriott Hotel.  THE STADIUM WILL BE A SOURCE OF RENEWED CIVIC PRIDE.  IT LIKELY WILL BE BUILT WITH A COMBINATION OF TEAM, GOVERNMENT, AND LEAGUE MONEY.  LOOKING FOR THE COOPERATION AND LEADERSHIP NEEDED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

The 6 – 3 Bills are preparing to host the 9 – 2 Patriots at New Era Field on Sunday.  New England has dominated the series 29 – 5 in the Bill Beichick era.  They have gone 26 – 3 under Tom Brady.  The Bills clearly have their work cut out.  After leading the AFC East back in September, they have stumbled badly.  A DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.  THEY ARE NECK AND NECK WITH THE CHARGERS AND RAVENS FOR A WILDCARD BERTH.  THEIR GREATEST ROADBLOCK IS THE PATRIOTS WHO THEY MEET TWICE IN THE HOMESTRETCH.  LOOKING FOR UPSETS AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD, WE STRIVE TO PREVAIL AS 1BUFFALO.

The resurgent Bills moved up in National Power Rankings following their clutch victory over the Chiefs.  National commentators now rank them between 14th and 19th overall in the league.  Bleacher Report sees them getting the sixth seed in the AFC.  Others cite the disastrous benching of Tyrod Taylor in Week 11 as the reason the team may miss the playoffs.  THE BILLS ARE ON THE MOVE FOLLOWING THEIR HORRENDOUS 3 GAME SLUMP.  THEY MUST FACE THE PATRIOTS TWICE IN THE HOME STRETCH.  LOOKING FOR UPSETS AND STANDOUT PERFORMANCES, WE OPTIMISTICALLY RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is sidelined with a torn meniscus in his knee.  Coach McDermott lists him as day-to-day.  Benjamin was acquired from the Panthers in late October.  He played 2 games before being injured in the Chargers matchup.  He did not travel to Kansas City last weekend.  Zay Jones has stepped in as his replacement, catching 3 of 10 for 32 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.  THE BILLS EMERGED FROM THEIR VICTORY WITH NO ADDITIONAL INJURIES.  A HEALTHY SQUAD IS NEEDED AS THEY PREPARE TO HOST THE DIVISION LEADING PATRIOTS.  LOOKING FOR OUR GUYS TO GIVE THEIR ALL, WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The Bills defeated the Chiefs 16 – 10 keeping their playoff hopes alive.  Tyrod Taylor had a solid day in his return to starter.  He threw for 183 yards and rushed for 27 for one touchdown and no turnovers.  Tre’Davious White had a big interception late in the fourth quarter which sealed the victory.  IT WAS A CONFIDENCE BUILDING WIN ON THE ROAD.  THE BILLS REMAIN IN THE PACK FOR A WILDCARD BERTH.  ATTENTION TURNS TO PREPARATION FOR HOSTING THE RED HOT PATRIOTS ON SUNDAY.  ENERGIZED BY THE RESURGENT BILLS, WE HAVE HOPE AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills take on the Chiefs today at Arrowhead Stadium.  It is a must-win game to keep the playoff hopes alive.  The oddsmakers favor the Bills with a +10 spread.  Facing the Patriots twice in the home stretch, they realistically have to win all 4 of the other remaining games to have a shot at a wildcard berth.  THIS IS A POTENTIALLY WINNABLE CONTEST BETWEEN 2 FALTERING TEAMS.  THE BILLS HAVE DROPPED THEIR LAST 3 MATCHUPS BY 80 POINTS.  HOPING THEY HAVE REGROUPED AND BRING HOME A VICTORY, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.


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