Which is the real Bills team? The one we saw against Cleveland? Or the one we saw the last two weeks against the Patriots and 49ers? As the Bills prepare this week in Arizona, they want to get back to where they were in Cleveland.
"The thing about this league, and I think sports in general, is winning cures all," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Now, it's how do we get back to playing good football and winning games? That's where you've got to make sure, in practice and film sessions, and times that you're meeting with guys. They understand the importance of this game. They understand that we need to get back on the right track.
Despite all the disappointments, Bills players are quick to point out that they're only one game away from a 500 record.
"Sure, we're not where we want to be, but we're not dead and out of it," said Fred Jackson. "As long as we can continue to progress and get better, we've got a shot at getting where we need to be."
Getting to where they need to be starts with playing better in the second half, specifically against the run. Chan Gailey is searching for a way to make that happen.
"You evaluate all of it. The thing about it is; a year ago, we played our best in the second half" the head coach pointed out. "So, I don't think as a coach you ever have the exact answer you're looking for. You're just looking to tweak something here or there to give yourself a chance to be better."
And so, for the third straight week, the Bills run defense could be the biggest factor in the game. And we will also find out on Sunday if the Bills gained an advantage by staying out here in Arizona for the entire week to prepare.
Sunday's kickoff is set for 4:05 PM.