TORONTO - Not good enough.
For the eighth consecutive game this season, the downtrodden Buffalo Bills have had that fact hammered into them and Sunday against the Chicago Bears it was no different.
A blocked extra-point conversion here, a fumble on third-and-inches there and poof, another game goes down the tubes dropping the Bills to 0-8.
For the third consecutive week the Bills came oh-so-close, again losing by three points, but in their 22-19 loss to the Bears they knew it was one that was there for the taking.
This loss didn't go into overtime like the previous two games but it was equally as deflating, maybe moreso.
"It's very, very difficult (the losing)," said wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, who caught seven passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. "It's just the little mistakes, it just gets aggravating watching the film and seeing that one little mistake over and over again. It's just tough right now, a tough situation. I don't care how close the game is, it don't mean anything at all.
"It's something you don't want to talk about (the losing) because it's so close. You just don't want to talk about those kind of games. It's hard to put those games behind you. It's something that we've just got to correct.
"But we can't be feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to be professionals. Losing hurts. Of course. We're all competitors. We've got to figure out what the problem is and move forward."
Turnovers were a big part of the torture for the Bills as a Fred Jackson fumble and Ryan Fitzpatrick interception — both in the second half — led to Chicago touchdowns.
"We've just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot," Jackson said. "It's frustrating in that we felt like we just gave this game away today. We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot more than any other game this year.
"Turnovers (were the turning point). Any time you have a turnover it's going to be a big part of the game. I had a big one giving them the ball back right there with a short field. Any time you make a play like that you're going to make it hard on your defence."
The first Chicago interception was a killer as it came with the Bills leading 19-14 and 9:16 left in the game.
On first and 10 at the Bills' 29, Bills receiver Steve Johnson had his man beat racing down the right sideline, but Ryan Fitzpatrick underthrew the ball and it was intercepted by Tim Jennings, who made a juggling catch and followed up with a nifty 39-yard return to put the ball on the Bills' 23. Six plays later, Jay Cutler tossed a two-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett to put the Bears ahead for good.
"I believe I had six" if the pass been on the money, Johnson said. "I probably would have had to break one tackle and then get it going. I don't know if it would have been too clean but it would have been a big play."
It was — for the Bears.
"We're not good enough to overcome turnovers right now," lamented Bills coach Chan Gailey. "That's the thing, we've got to be even or ahead in the turnover battle to give ourselves the best chance to win. I thought not being able to run (46 yards on 18 carries) and turning it over (two interceptions and one fumble) was the key to the ball game today."
Good teams do the little things that turn into wins, bad teams do the opposite.
For the Bills the losing doesn't get any easier to swallow.
"It feels like somebody kicked you in the stomach," Gailey said. "I've got to continue to work to get us over the hump and I haven't done that yet. It hurts."