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The 2017 opener I think might be the most underrated one and my favorite one.  21-12 win versus the Jets.

 

While there was nothing hugely memorable about the actual game itself it was a solid W and the 1st win of the Mcdermott era.  So a new era so to speak.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Logic said:

Worst of all time, never to be defeated:

Bills vs Broncos, 2007. I was at this game.

The Broncos scrambled the field goal unit onto the field and Jason Elam kicked the game winning field goal JUST as the last second ticked off the clock, causing the Bills to lose a game they should've won.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY...Kevin Everett was paralyzed in this game. It's the most scary, horrific, deflating thing I've ever seen on a football field. All of the opening day excitement was sucked out of the crowd in an instant, replaced by a scared, hushed silence. All of the momentum and energy was sucked out of the team, as well. The loss was heartbreaking, but I didn't even care about the outcome of the game, because what we had just seen on the field with Everett made sports seem really insignificant in comparison.

I felt like the season was over after that game. The Bills would not recover. How could they? Just awful.

This is also my worst game. When he was laying there, I thought he may have been killed on the play . Just the thought of a player dying while watching football was too much. I never felt so uncomfortable at the Ralph in my life.

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8 hours ago, corta765 said:

1991: 35-31 win over Miami - Coming off the Super Bowl loss in 25 nothing felt better then squishing the fish to open the season as the Bills roared back from a 17-7 deficit early on.

 

Funny. I thought of this game, when I first viewed the thread title.

It was a beautiful, cool, crisp, sunny  September day, and this very exciting game could be considered a 'shootout' of that era.

A beer in the Stadium, was still $4, and I kept right on buying them, back in those days.

 

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Best: 1980 Dolphins.  2003 Patriots is close but the Bills lost the 1970's to the Dolphins.  The 2003 team was not good. The 1980 team was good enough to win the SB.

 

Worst - hard to choose.  I know this is recency bias, but last year was so deflating.  All the expectations of a SB run and they absolutely looked terrible. 

 

Baltimore in 2018 was an embarrassment as well.  If McD does not win a SB with Buffalo his Wikipedia page will be two lines - Failed to win a SB with Josh Allen and started Nathan Peterman in an NFL game - astonishingly more than once.  

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20 hours ago, Greg S said:

1980 - 17-7 win over the Dolphins tops the list.

2003 - 31-0 win over the Pats

 

Agree on this.  I was at both.  The Pats* game was sweet but the 1980 game was actually more satisfying to me and Rich Stadium went hysterical.   

19 hours ago, Freddie's Dead said:

 

On the series before the FG, Bills had 3rd and long, but running the football would at least force the Broncos to use their last TO.  Jauron dials up a bomb to Lee Evans, incomplete, and the Broncos said thank you.  If Jauron calls a running play, we win that game.  Idiot.

Correct.  The one time Jauron was not conservative and was a huge tactical error.  
 

This was a terrible home opener.  Losing was bad enough, the injury to Everett made it even worse.  

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20 hours ago, Buffalo Boy said:

   Personal Fav was 1988 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

    It was my first year of seasons as an 18 year old kid. We were home dogs and it was the beginning to a glorious season were we won all our home games and the East.

 

That's an underrated game, mostly because it was a low-scoring and fairly unexciting game. I think the final was 13-10 or something. But still, it was an awesome way to open the season, especially because the Vikings were considered a contender that year.

 

Some may recall that was the season Bruce Smith was suspended the first 4 games for substance use, and it happened right before the season started. There was a ton of excitement about the season, and that was a huge gut punch right before everything started. Leon Seals was asked to fill Bruce's role on the D-line, and although he was no Bruce, he did an excellent job.

 

If memory serves, it was Hal Garner #99 who crawled on his hands and knees to sack the Vikings QB and stop their comeback at the end of the game.

 

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Not mentioned yet, the 2000 season opener - the SNF revenge game against the Titans after Homejob Throwforward.  Also the first ever TBDAHOT. 

 

Bills D allows only 172 yards with 4 sacks and a turnover.  Bills O holds ball for over 33 minutes.

 

Tied at 13 with 1 minute left, AVP (replacing an injured Rob Johnson) hit Moulds for 36 yards to put us in FG range.  We took the lead on a Steve Christie FG with 31 seconds remaining and this time actually making a tackle on the ensuing kick return (after 52 hair-raising yards).  Tennessee tried a 60 yd FG with 4 seconds left which was no good.

 

Bills win 16-13.
 

 

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19 minutes ago, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

We took the lead on a Steve Christie FG with 31 seconds remaining and this time actually making a tackle on the ensuing kick return (after 52 hair-raising yards).  

Jeeziz, I remember that...I began to feel physically ill during the return.

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21 hours ago, Stank_Nasty said:

we actually got "lucky" our baby girl came 2 weeks early so we were able to leave her with my mom to go attend. her actual due date was just 3 days before the opener.... and we had reason to be confident. it was an aging team with a crap line that totally imploded down the stretch of 2020. Also i would argue the steelers were a legit bad squad last year. They were basically the football team version of weekend at bernies. Somehow stumbling their way to mediocre.  neither their offense or defense finished higher than 24th last year overall. We should have boat raced them.

Mistake leaving birth of a child to luck. 

 

My son was due opening weekend in 2001, I think his due date was Friday 9/7, opening game for the Bills was 9/9 and of course two days later 9/11 happened. I wanted no chance of missing the opener being stuck in the hospital so we had a planned C-section on 8/31. Yes, my wife, even not being a football fan, is a great sport! 

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The Kevin Everett game against Denver. The fg team scrambled onto the field and got set in like 7 seconds and Jason Elam (I believe) sent us all into even more shock by winning the game with a 50+ yard game winning kick. 

Later that evening, the band that used to open for my band won Best New Artist on the MTV Video Music Awards. Top 5 worst days of my life 🤣

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3 hours ago, Bob in STL said:

The one time Jauron was not conservative and was a huge tactical error.  

 

This is the first time in human history the words Jauron was not conservative have ever been spoken or typed.

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I'm sure someone has already mentioned the 1989 opener in Miami, right? The one where Miami, with the lead late in the 4th quarter, inexplicably decides to throw the ball, and the Bills intercept Marino? And Jimbo runs the QB sneak on the final play to score the TD and win it?

 

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1 hour ago, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

Not mentioned yet, the 2000 season opener - the SNF revenge game against the Titans after Homejob Throwforward.  Also the first ever TBDAHOT. 

 

Bills D allows only 172 yards with 4 sacks and a turnover.  Bills O holds ball for over 33 minutes.

 

Tied at 13 with 1 minute left, AVP (replacing an injured Rob Johnson) hit Moulds for 36 yards to put us in FG range.  We took the lead on a Steve Christie FG with 31 seconds remaining and this time actually making a tackle on the ensuing kick return (after 52 hair-raising yards).  Tennessee tried a 60 yd FG with 4 seconds left which was no good.

 

Bills win 16-13.
 

 

 

 

I came here to say this!  This game was huge win in prime time.

 

As for worst?  Two years prior in 1998 - not a season opener, but a home opener: BIlls were up 28-10 in the 3rd Quarter AND 31-20 in the 4th Quarter but ended up losing 34-33 to the Tony Banks lead Rams.  To make matters worse, it was so brutally hot that day. That Rams team was largely the same as the one that won the super bowl a year later, with one smaaall difference; the miracle of Kurt Warner.

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2004 Earnest Wilford TD was very difficult, I recall being pretty emotional on that one. 

 

2003 opener was bliss. It was actually the only time I met a fellow TBD member for a game, out in a bar in Kalamazoo, MI of all places.

 

For me a lot of this depends on the era. I think we feel more of the game in our teens and early 20's. Life takes over more as time progresses. As an example as bad as the KC playoff game was was anybody over the age of 35 stunned? After 4 SB losses, just give it to um, HR throwback, almost 20 years of no playoffs,  you eventually get numb to some of this stuff.   

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8 hours ago, The Firebaugh Kid said:

The Kevin Everett game against Denver. The fg team scrambled onto the field and got set in like 7 seconds and Jason Elam (I believe) sent us all into even more shock by winning the game with a 50+ yard game winning kick. 

Later that evening, the band that used to open for my band won Best New Artist on the MTV Video Music Awards. Top 5 worst days of my life 🤣

Out of curiosity who was the band, Gym Class Heroes? They were from Geneva i think so would be a good guess. Well if its any consolation the BILLS are good now, scary good :P

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On 6/29/2022 at 4:56 PM, brianthomas said:

Worst for me was September 9, 2001 New Orleans Saints here for our home opener.

It was hot as hell, down on the field about 100-110.

Aaron Brooks, Joe Horn, Ricky Williams & their D dominated us all day as Rob Johnson threw 3 int's & our offense had no life whatsover.

So naturally we all drank a ton. Nothing worse in the heat either.

1 of my friends we were with brought some illicit substances as a pick me up. I dont condone it, we were young & liked to party. Well turned out to be the exact opposite: ketamine.

If anyone knows what that is, you can imagine... it's not the kind of experience you'd want in the heat & in front of thousands of angry BILLS fans let me tell ya. 1 guy locked himself in the bathroom stall & passed out for the entire 2nd half, until security was alerted & removed him. Another got sick in the stands, it was just a nightmare. And we lost 24-6. And no we never hung out with that guy again. Worst experience ever.

I remember that game as well -  I was there.  Dubya on the Jumbotron wishing everyone a happy opening day right before kickoff (they played the clip at every game that day I’m 99.9% sure).  Two days later, 9/11 happened.

 

Someone threw a beer bottle at me when I was walking up Milestrip to meet my dad at Quaker Crossing plaza after the game.  I was 14 years old.   Good times…😂

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11 hours ago, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

Not mentioned yet, the 2000 season opener - the SNF revenge game against the Titans after Homejob Throwforward.  Also the first ever TBDAHOT. 

 

Bills D allows only 172 yards with 4 sacks and a turnover.  Bills O holds ball for over 33 minutes.

 

Tied at 13 with 1 minute left, AVP (replacing an injured Rob Johnson) hit Moulds for 36 yards to put us in FG range.  We took the lead on a Steve Christie FG with 31 seconds remaining and this time actually making a tackle on the ensuing kick return (after 52 hair-raising yards).  Tennessee tried a 60 yd FG with 4 seconds left which was no good.

 

Bills win 16-13.
 

 

Great choice. 

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51 minutes ago, brianthomas said:

Out of curiosity who was the band, Gym Class Heroes? They were from Geneva i think so would be a good guess. Well if its any consolation the BILLS are good now, scary good :P

Yes sir! It's all love now, but at time it was hard to swallow. Looking back, they definitely had more potential than us haha. We just had the crowd. 

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