ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Losing is a habit, like smoking or biting your nails. Once you start engaging in such recurring activity it can be difficult to stop. You do it without even noticing, just ask the Red Sox, our own Loss Boys.
But the Patriots have been habitual winners for more than a decade. Losing, to them, feels like quitting victory cold turkey — it just fuels the craving. That was the case on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, as the Patriots appeared to be on the precipice of defeat for the third straight week — and sending our region into a frenzy. Then they lit up the Bills, habitual have-nots, like a chain smoker does a pack of Marlboros for 45 second-half points on their way to the usual romp at Ralph Wilson Stadium, this one 52-28.