Former Bills players made their presence felt early in the Patriots' season-opener Thursday night against the Chiefs, highlighted by running back Mike Gillislee's two first-half touchdowns.
NBC broadcaster Al Michaels noticed the trend and dealt Buffalo a low blow: "Sometimes I think the Patriots have better Buffalo players than Buffalo has," Michaels said in the second quarter.
Other prominent former Bills now on the Patriots include cornerback Stephon Gilmore and wide receiver Chris Hogan. Defensive lineman Alan Branch also spent one year in Buffalo.
Michaels' quip was noticed both near and far.
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_BN) September 8, 2017
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 8, 2017
Al Michaels: "Sometimes I think the Patriots have better Buffalo players than Buffalo has."
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) September 8, 2017
Al Michaels with a knee to the lower body.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) September 8, 2017
Al Michaels: "Sometimes I think New England has better Buffalo players than Buffalo does." #triggered
— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) September 8, 2017
No more chicken wings for you, ever again, good sir. https://t.co/ZHrSLBAJpt
— Buffalo Rumblings (@BuffRumblings) September 8, 2017
The radio broadcast wasn't any more kind:
Kevin Harlan on radio broadcast on what Buffalo is thinking:
"They're crying in their beer at the Anchor Bar tonight"#Bills
— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) September 8, 2017