The Buffalo Bills were the surprise of the NFL when they started their season with a 4-1 record. In both week two and week three, the Buffalo Bills came back from significant deficits to win with only minutes left in the game. The Bills even beat division rival New England -- a team that Buffalo had not beaten since 2003.

Since then, the Buffalo Bills have not been able to continue their dominance. The Bills have won two out of their last seven games. The biggest problem is the Bills have not been able to create turnovers. In the first five games, the Bills created 15 turnovers. But since week five, the Bills have flip-flopped, turning the ball over 15 times and only creating six turnovers.

The Bills have lost many starters due to injury. With all of the injuries, the Bills have struggled to fill their shoes with anybody else on the roster.

A team that started out looking like a playoff-caliber team, it has not found a way to win games since starting 4-1. With a 5-7 record, the Bills have as much of a chance of making the playoffs as I do winning the lottery.

As for the Buffalo Sabres, when you looked at their roster in the beginning of the season, you would have expected big things from them; but the Sabres have not lived up to the hype.

The Sabres seem lethargic at times; ever since Miller sustained his concussion at the hands of Boston's Milan Lucic. Since Miller is now back between the pipes, we will have to see how the team rallies around him.

Just like the Buffalo Bills, the Sabres have had their difficulties staying healthy. They have had a lot of new players coming in to play because of the injuries.

The Sabres have had many opportunities, but are not capitalizing on them. They seem to lack the motivation that they played with in the first six games of the season. They are not finishing plays and are just becoming lackadaisical, not only on defense but on offense, too.

With both Buffalo teams looking very good in their early games, both have struggled to get back to that early season form.


Keith Latta is a sophomore at Newfane High School.