While watching Jim Kelly grimacing in pain and holding his knee on Saturday against the Giants, I got that lump-in-throat, sour stomach feeling. Like Yogi Berra said, "it was deja-vu all over again." I was reminded of 1970 when Bob Lanier went down. St. Bonaventure beat Villanova to earn a trip to the Final Four, but somehow in our short-lived jubilation, we knew it was the end without Lanier. In basketball, the loss of a key player's dominance usually decides the outcomes of future games.
But this is football. There are several facets to an offense that can pick up the slack. There are also special teams and defense that can win games. Just look at the Bills' wins over the Raiders and Denver, and how they held the Giants after Jim went out.
This is probably the best Bills team ever, given the talent and maturity. They've broken the December jinx and the NFC mystique. Now they can fulfill their goal of winning the AFC East by beating Miami. This is the time for the other leaders to rise and get us the win.