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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 2: The wait begins

Sept. 2, 1984 – A long season has to begin somewhere, right? This is where a particularly dreary year for the Buffalo Bills began.

The Bills opened their schedule in 1984 with a trip to New England. Right from the start, Buffalo was in trouble. Steve Grogan threw touchdown passes to Stephan Starring and Derrick Ramsey to make it a 14-0 lead for the Pats before the first period was over.

Tony Collins scored in the second quarter for New England to make it 21-0 before Joe Danelo kicked a 27-yard field goal to put the Bills back on the scoreboard.

The Patriots didn’t score for the rest of the game, but they didn’t have to do so in order to win. Danelo kicked another field goal, and Joe Ferguson threw touchdown passes to Preston Dennard and Tony Hunter – who is remembered as the tight end taken by the Bills before Jim Kelly in the NFL Draft.

But that was as close as the Bills came, losing by a score of 21-17. Greg Bell led Buffalo in rushing with 29 yards. Buffalo would have to wait more than two months more before earning its first win of the season.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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