The 2011 Buffalo Bills started 4-1. Then they lost seven of their next eight games.
The 2008 Bills began 5-1. Then they lost seven of their next eight games.
The 2003 Bills opened with a 31-0 shellacking of the New England Patriots, scrapped to a 4-3 record and then lost seven of their last nine games.
Goes without saying, all of those teams failed to reach the playoffs.
Wednesday on "The Tim Graham Show," we delved into the Bills' surprising start this year. Special guest Brad Riter joined Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, ESPN's Mike Rodak and me at Sports Radio 1270 The Fan.
They are 3-1, will face the beatable Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, go on their bye week and play three of their next four games at New Era Field.
But scarred Bills fans — and those who've covered the team — surely remember those false starts in previous seasons and are conflicted about whether to buy in now.
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00:00-16:00: What can we compare this Bills season to? ’87-88? The ’05-06 Sabres?
19:45-33:45: Are the Bills for real? Comparisons to 2011.
38:30-57:15: Sully sticks around to continue Bills discussion with Brad
1:02:15-1:18:45: Reaction to Jack Eichel’s extension. Should the Sabres put the “C” on him?
1:22:45-1:30:45: How much have lucky breaks and Stephen Hauschka contributed to Bills' success?
1:34:30-1:57:15: E.J. Gaines passes up on glorious opportunity to get Tim Graham Show Bump; Joel Staniszewski calls in from Las Vegas