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Les Carpenter
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Les Carpenter

Yahoo! Sports reporter and former NFL writer for The Washington Post.

Got to Believe in the Bills

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It's so easy to forget about the Buffalo Bills. Their run of Super Bowl losses is now almost two decades old and save for the occasional appearance of a Doug Flutie, Buffalo tends to slip out of people's minds. In fact, the Bills seem to be slipping out of Buffalo -- period -- beginning a slow (some believe inevitable) migration to Toronto.

But before they roll over the border they may well roll over the AFC East first. Very slowly, Buffalo has been building a solid team, one filled with good young defensive players, talented receivers and a quarterback who could soon be a star in the league in Trent Edwards. Not to mention one of the NFL's most dependable kickers in Rian Lindell. Yet because the Bills have played in the same division as the New England Patriots, they have escaped notice.

They may be invisible no more. Sunday's fourth-quarter victory over Oakland might have been exciting and the kind of game Buffalo didn't always win in the past, but more impressive was the victory the week before in Jacksonville when they drove in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars and pulled out a 24-16 win. Games in the NFL are often such dreary three-quarter affairs to be won in the final moments. The team that can do that most often is usually the team that goes far in January.

With New England reeling, watch out for the Bills.

By Les Carpenter  |  September 22, 2008; 11:28 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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