Michael Irvin, onetime Buffalo Bills nemesis and current NFL Network analyst, wanted to know whether Buffalo was the real deal after the team got off to a 5-2 start.
After the Bills’ dismal performance in Thursday night’s loss against the New York Jets, Irvin seems to have gotten his answer, based on his postgame analysis.
“Buffalo was not [ready to play],” said Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who won two Super Bowls against the Bills. “We wanted to see: can you handle this stage … and beat the teams you’re supposed to beat? … And Buffalo said, ‘No, we’re not ready.’ ”
NFL Network host Rich Eisen, noting that the Jets sacked Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor seven times, quipped, “They might have, for good reason, sacked Tyrod Taylor on his way to the locker room, as well.”
“The only people that are happy among people associated with the Bills are people who have Tyrod Taylor on their fantasy team,” Eisen said, adding that most of Taylor’s production came in “garbage time.”
Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson – who spent part of his career with the Jets – noted that the Bills “had nobody to make plays for them.”
“We see why they got Kelvin Benjamin,” the wide receiver the Bills acquired from Carolina in a trade this week, Tomlinson said. (Benjamin didn’t play Thursday.)
After Sunday’s win against Oakland, a lot of hype has surrounded the Bills this week. Eisen, though, dealt fans a dose of reality after Thursday’s game. It was the Jets, the team that came into the game with five losses and low expectations, who left the field with the victory.
“[The Jets] looked like the team with playoff aspirations this year, not the Bills,” Eisen said.