Bills and the 0-3 Start

Well here we are headed to the fourth week of the new season, and Buffalo is in a three game hole. It seems as though all hope may already be lost on the new season with half of the defensive starters injured and JP Losman out for at least a pair of games. But is there a chance for any improvement? Well, let’s take a look at what Bills history says.

The last time Buffalo started 0-3 was in 2004. They actually started out 0-4 by losing to Jacksonville, Oakland, New England, and the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets. The Jets were the fourth team they played that year, just like this year. What happened after that? They finished the season 9-3, just barely missing a shot at the playoffs when they lost to Pittsburgh. That’s an encouraging thought, although they were healthy that year and their schedule was among the easiest in the league. This year they have a heavily depleted roster and one of the toughest schedules in the league.

I did see a stat thrown up during Monday’s game that was kind of cool. There have only been a handful of teams to make it into the playoffs after starting the season with three straight losses, the last one being the one and only Buffalo Bills back in 1998. That was back when the AFC East was stacked. All four current teams in the division made the playoffs and the 3-13 Colts were left out. Things have changed a bit since then. But the Bills have done it before. The chances of it happening this year are pretty slim, but, as Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games!” Go Bills!