Late night discussion: Memorable season openers

What are the most memorable season openers in Bills history?

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September 04, 2019 - 2:23 am

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Louie DiBiase
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The Buffalo Bills' season opener is always one of the most exciting days around Western New York. A new sense of hope and optimism fill the air (and the timeline) as the kickoff represents a fresh start at 0-0. 

Throughout the history of the franchise, there have been some memorable Week 1 moments. 

What are the season openers that are held nearest and dearest to the hearts of Bills fans? 

Fans on Twitter shared their favorite memories of the first football Sunday during Tuesday's late night discussion:

 

The blowout:

The New England Patriots have had the Bills' number for roughly two decades now. It is hard to find a team have more success against a division opponent that the Patriots have had against Buffalo. 

At least for one September day in 2003, that all changed. 

Not only did the Bills beat the Patriots, they blew them out 31-0. To add insult to injury, 340-pound defensive tackle Sam Adams had a famous interception returned for a touchdown. 

Makes sense this was the most popular choice throughout the discussion. 

 

Recent openers:

Although the 21st century has not been good to the Bills from a win-loss standpoint, many fans had fond memories of Week 1 throughout the 2000s. 

You gotta love a good Fitzmagic game, right? 

Thanks for that, Tyler......

At least for one day, J.P. Losman had the hearts of Bills fans. 

Awesome to see a personal memory remembered fondly despite the loss. This was also E.J. Manuel's debut and, much like Losman, he had Bills fans believing. Manuel threw for two touchdowns and completed 66% of his passes.

Revenge game.

 

Vintage openers:

Ah yes the game where fans pulled down the goal posts. Buffalo hadn't defeated the Miami Dolphins in a game for over 10 years until Week 1 of the 1980 season. The Bills won the game 17-7, overcoming Joe Ferguson's five interceptions. 

Some more great choices!

 

Author's choice:

The Rex Ryan era in Buffalo was disappointing to say the least. The hype before his first season as head coach in 2015, however had fans believing he was the missing piece, after going 9-7 in 2014 with one of the league's best defenses. 

The season and home opener against a highly thought of Indianapolis Colts team did not simmer the expectations as Buffalo got the 27-14 victory. New starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor had many thinking Buffalo found a diamond in the rough, flashing through the air and on the ground.

Taylor connected with wide receiver Percy Harvin on the game's biggest play, a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Running back LeSean McCoy also made his Bills debut after coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles in a blockbuster trade earlier that offseason. 

That game had the city buzzing with, what looked to be, an explosive offense that would no longer hold back the top-tier defense. 

 

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