Bills win a long time coming

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The first time Chris Kelsay faced the New England Patriots way back in 2003, they hardly looked like a fearsome division foe.

The Bills won 31-0 that day in dominating fashion and it looked kind of easy. It has been a long time since, however, as the Patriots won 15-0 matchups in a row, using the Bills as doormats on their way to multiple AFC East titles.

It has been so long, in fact, that the Bills big defensive end asked his head coach, Chan Gailey, to waive the team's house rule of celebrating a win for 24 hours or less.

"I'm one of four guys left here from that (last win), so I went to coach Gailey after the game and said: 'I'm not a guy to ask for much, but that 24-hour rule, I might have to ask for a couple of more hours,'" Kelsay said.

"I knew it had to turn around at some point. This is the 17th time I've played them and only the second time I've won.

"It's the best feeling I've had after a Bills game."

Best of all, in Kelsay's mind, is that from the raw youngsters to jaded veterans, the Bills believe they are onto something good.

"In terms of record, you can't be any better," Kelsay said. "In terms of where we want to be at the end of the year, we can be a whole lot better. But if we can continue to create turnovers and get off the field on third downs, we're going to be tough to beat.

"Nobody in the world thought we would be 3-0, but let 'em think that. It's not going to slow us down."


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