Patriots vs. Bills: Are the Bills "For Real?"

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Marcell Dareus #99 of the Buffalo Bills encourages the fans against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35.(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

One of the NFL's biggest surprise stories this year has been the strong play of the Buffalo Bills.  After a 41-7 trouncing of the Kansas City Chiefs in week one, the Bills followed that up with a huge comeback win over the Oakland Raiders.  A win where the team score touchdowns on all five of their second half possessions.  Impressive stuff.

That being said, I recently asked BuffaloRumblings.com's Brian Galliford if he thought that this Bills team was "for real," and if he thought this was a squad that could be in playoff contention come December:

I suppose that question is reliant on what your definition of "for real" is. I'm a guy that takes things one week at a time, but I think it's clear that the team is as competitive as they were last season, and they're significantly better in areas where they needed to improve. There are still overlying issues - health foremost among them - but they have the look of a team that can compete for a Wild Card spot.

I guess it is a little premature to declare this Bills team a "playoff contender."  But the way they've looked the first two weeks, it's clear that this isn't the same Bills team that has lost to the Patriots 15 straight times.

Maybe it's just me, but if the Patriots aren't careful, this game, on the road at Ralph Wilson Stadium, could represent a "trap" game for the Patriots.

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