Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Buffalo Bills In Toronto

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Buffalo Bills Toronto Series
The Buffalo Bills in Toronto has turned out to be a nightmare for Bills fans everywhere.  Ralph Wilson signed an agreement with Rogers Communication so the Buffalo Bills will play games in Toronto for the next 10 years.  I thought that it would be a great idea to take a look at the history of the Buffalo Bills in Toronto

The Toronto Series started back in 2008.  Ralph Wilson wanted to expand his market in order to make more revenue so the Bills could afford to compete with other teams in the NFL.  Most of us fans thought this was a bad idea, and it brought out Buffalo Bills rumors of moving to Canada.  So far the Bills have made no move in that direction or even hinted toward a move. However it is known that the Buffalo Bills will be sold upon Mr. Wilson's death.   Not sure what kind of impact this could have on the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

The History of The Toronto Series

The Bills started out with 2 games played in Toronto in 2008.  The first opponent happened to be the Pittsburgh Steelers in August of 2008.  The Steelers defeated the Bills 24-21.  This sort of set the tone for the series.  It seems that fans in other countries really are not fans at all.  During the regular season the Buffalo Bills played host to Miami Dolphins.  Once again the visiting team defeated the Bills 16-3.  Not a good start to the series for the Buffalo Bills. 

In 2009 lost to the New York Jets 19-13.  This was the third loss in as many games for the Bills in Toronto.  This series was really starting to eat away at the fans.  In fact Rogers Communications decided to lower the price for tickets because attendance was dropping for these games.  In fact they even offered 11,000 seats for less than $99 Canadian. There was only one game played in Rogers Stadium in 2009. 

Back to Toronto in 2010.  The Bills enjoyed their first win in Toronto defeating the 34-21.  This gave fans hope that they might actually start to win in Canada.  However this hope was short lived since the Bills gave up a lead in the 4th Qtr to the Chicago Bears.  They lost 22-19 in a fashion that is all to familiar to the fans these days. 

In 2011 the Buffalo Bills recorded their first regular season win in Toronto.  They played host to the Washington Redskins which they played 20 years prior in the second of their four Superbowl appearances.  The Buffalo Bills defeated the Redskins 23-0 to start their season with a record of 5-2.  After that however they collapsed and fell out of the playoffs for the 12th straight season. 

This brings us to the 2012 season.  Fans had high expectations for their team.  A key Free Agent signing had fans talking playoffs and hoping for a huge season.  However after some very high school like play by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and some very sloppy play calling by the Coach Chan Gailey the Bills season was another one for the garbage can.  The Buffalo Bills in Toronto this year was the worse of all.  They got routed by the Seattle Seahawks 50-17.  Fans are calling for the head of the QB and Coaching staff. 

To think there are many years left for the Bills in Toronto and it only proves to be a very bad decision by all those involved. 

Now as you can see the Bills record in Toronto is a terrible 1-4  So, why would they want to keep it going.  The fans in the United States really do not want the Toronto series but some feel that if it will ensure that the Buffalo Bills do not become the LA Bills then they will take it.  Til next time.  Go Bills!

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