Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wood: Bills trying to avoid 'here we go again' attitude


Buffalo Bills fans are certainly thinking it, but the players are trying not to.

"I do not know if people are thinking about it and thinking 'here we go again,' but at some point you have to put your foot down and say enough is enough," Bills center Eric Wood told reporters Monday.

With big-contract signings and extensions to "franchise" players occupying Buffalo headlines over the last 12 months, the Bills entered the 2012 season with high hopes. But so far, they're looking like the same old Bills. They set multiple records last week for all the wrong reasons in surrendering 614 yards to the San Francisco 49ers in a 45-3 loss, which dropped them to 2-3 on the year.

Buffalo is giving up more than 35 points a game, including 48 in Week 1 against the New York Jets and 52 against the New England Patriots two weeks ago. With that, the Bills are also 0-2 in the division.

Buffalo is staying out west this week in preparation for its road bout with the Arizona Cardinals.

"Hopefully this is a week we come out and natural progression would be for us to put a lot of pressure on ourselves and say ‘Hey we have to get a win. We have to get a win to get back on track and get our mind right,’" Wood said. "But if you put too much pressure on yourself and start playing tight, you are going to get beat again.

"We have to come out loose and play desperate football, but I feel like we are playing desperate football every week. We have to get a lot of wins to get in the playoffs so we have to come out strong this week."

The Bills have just one winning record over the past 12 years and have finished in the top half in the division only once in that span.

With the Patriots and Dolphins picking up steam and the Jets' early edge within the division, Buffalo, a popular preseason Wildcard pick, better get it figured out fast.

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