Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/5/12
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The last time the Buffalo Bills entered Candlestick Park, the 2004 San Francisco 49ers started a struggling quarterback (not named Smith!) the day after Christmas on the way to a 2-14 season under then coach, Dennis Erickson.Drew Bledsoe played conservatively following a running game that pounded the Niners for 226 yards and a 41-7 score.Oh, how things change! In 2012, if you have yet to notice, these are not last decade’s 49ers. Fortunately, for San Francisco, these are the same Buffalo Bills.The Bills raised investments during the off-season.Though the team enters Week 5 with an even record, the returns on their expenditures have been minimal. On defense, the Bills rank 27th in total defense, 30th in points allowed, 27th against the run and 26th on 3rd down.Only the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs have allowed more points despite Buffalo's first four opponents holding a combined record of 5-11.To worsen their matters, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to play outs...
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