Message to Bills fans: take it one game at a time

Kruszka's commentary

Andrew Kruszka, Staff Writer

As the Buffalo Bills continue to get ready for their season opener in Baltimore, they still might struggle to reach expectations for the upcoming year.

Some might say that the goals for the upcoming 2016-2017 season are to go to the playoffs and end the now 17-year drought of not making the playoffs.

I think Bills fans should take a different angle this year. Maybe we as Buffalo fans are putting too much pressure on the Bills. So I say we should not look ahead to the end of the season but take it one game at a time.

To think that the first three or four games to start the season are the most important is probably a long shot but in my eyes they face an uphill battle. Starting off playing the Baltimore Ravens is a big game because Baltimore is always a team to compete with for the wild card.

Following that, a short week is the home opener for Buffalo playing the division rival New York Jets on Thursday night. This will be an especially big game for second-year head coach Rex Ryan, as he coached New York for six seasons.

Ryan and the Bills won both meetings against the Jets in 2015, including the last game of the season where the Bills knocked the Jets from playoff contention.

Next, it’s off to Foxborough, Massachusetts where the Bills will clash with the division champs from last year, the New England Patriots.

I’m saying that if the Bills will all three of those games, they will get off on a great foot and hopefully take off from there.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor will begin his second season with the Bills and hopefully will stay healthy for all 16 games. Taylor, I think could be the quarterback to take us back to the playoffs; he just needs the tools around him to step up.

If Rex Ryan’s defense can step up to the challenge, I can see the defense creating turnovers to help Taylor and the offense. It could very well create a good recipe for a Bills winning season.

In week one, the Buffalo Bills will have their first fight as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. In a big first game, the Bills will hope to live up to expectations and have a good season.

My prediction for game one is a Bills win, 27-20 over Baltimore, as running back LeSean McCoy runs for a touchdown and the defense secures the team’s victory. GO BILLS!