As we sit here on this, the first day of the 2016 NFL season, it has been 6,088 days since the Buffalo Bills last played in a postseason game.
January 8, 2000 was the last time the Bills made an appearance in the playoffs. You may remember that game as the one that gave us the Music City Miracle.
It’s been a long 16 years since then, 16 years during which the Bills have compiled a 105-151 record, sixth-worst in the NFL. They’ve finished above .500 in just two of those 16 seasons, and at exactly .500 in three. Only twice have they finished as one of the top two teams in the AFC East.
And yet, Bills guard Richie Incognito says that playoffs are a mandate for the team this coming season. “That’s the unspoken rule around here, that it’s playoffs or bust for us,” Incognito said, per NewYorkUpstate.com. “We have to get there and this is the first step in the journey.”
It’s always good to have goals, but the Bills certainly face an uphill climb to get to the postseason. Even without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, the Patriots are the overwhelming AFC East favorites. Assuming they take the division crown (a fairly safe assumption), that leaves Buffalo to fight it out with 11 other teams (minus the AFC North, South, and West champs) for two wild-card spots.
Buffalo has some nice pieces on offense and has the look of a team that could make some noise with a step forward from Tyrod Taylor, but the defense has been falling apart all offseason. Injuries and suspensions have decimated what just two seasons ago was one of the top units in the league. Unless Greg Roman’s unit explodes to become a top-10 group, it’s tough to see Buffalo playing in January.
Source: CBS Sports / Player from team that hasn’t made playoffs since 1999 says it’s ‘playoffs or bust’