Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/12
The optimist would look at the Buffalo Bills’ 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday and praise them for hanging tough on the road with one of the better teams in the AFC. The pessimist sees it as a loss that dropped the Bills to 3-6 on the season and may have erased any hope they had of reaching the postseason. From the sound of it, Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey is the optimist and Stevie Johnson is the pessimist. “Every week (Gailey is) saying that we have the effort … which is obvious,” Johnson said Tuesday morning on NFL AM, via Around the League. “At this point you can’t be a team that’s so-called turning the corner if you’re not winning games. We still have more work to do. We still have to learn how to finish these games.” Buffalo trailed by only three points at one point in the fourth quarter. Like many other teams have done this season, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company were able to carve up the Patriots’ porous defense and find a way to stay in the game. However, costly turnovers and an inability to stop New England’s offensive attack ultimately buried the Bills. “We just need to go to our bread and butter when we need to,” Johnson continued. “At that moment going against the New England Patriots, you know they’re going to go to (Rob) Gronkowski or Wes Welker. We have many weapons, C.J. (Spiller), me, Donald (Jones) and Scott Chandler. The four of us should have the opportunity at the end of that game.” Hanging around and not finishing games just isn’t cutting it for the Bills anymore. Last season, they were one of the hottest teams in the NFL to start the year before injuries and poor play derailed them. Despite signing Mario Williams, who seems to enjoy boos and is hearing plenty of them, Buffalo’s defense has been horrendous. It’s hard to blame Johnson for not taking any positives out of Sunday’s loss. Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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