The Buffalo Bills‘ 2020 magical season came to an end on Sunday, as the team lost the AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 38-24. The Bills’ Big 3 of Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Cole Beasley did all they could to compete with the mighty Chiefs, but Patrick Mahomes and Co. were too much for Buffalo.
Despite losing to Kansas City, the Bills have a bright future with their core intact and head coach Sean McDermott leading the way. The team will certainly be motivated next season to play the Chiefs again in the playoffs and come out on top.
Buffalo’s roster is made up of gritty players who have been doubted their entire life and play with a chip on their shoulder. Cole Beasley is the biggest embodiment of that culture.
Cole Beasley is one of the best slot receivers in the NFL
After playing the first seven years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, Cole Beasley signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Bills in March of 2019. He is one of the top slot receivers in the NFL and has developed a strong rapport with Josh Allen.
In two seasons with the Bills, Beasley has recorded 149 receptions for 1,745 yards. The 5-foot-8 playmaker has caught 10 touchdowns and possesses an array of moves in his arsenal. Beasley runs some of the best routes you’ll see a wideout run and has great hands for his small stature.
The Bills averaged 31.3 points per game during the 2020 regular season, which was good for second in the NFL. Allen and Stefon Diggs are the two workhorses of the offense, but Beasley is an elite x-factor who beats teams in the short and deep passing game.
To reach the AFC Championship Game, the Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. Cole Beasley shouldn’t have played in the playoffs, but there was no way the Texas native would let a serious injury prevent him from being out there with his teammates.
Cole Beasley broke his fibula in Week 16, but he still played for the Bills
In Week 16 against the New England Patriots, Cole Beasley broke his fibula. However, the 31-year-old took some medicine and gutted it out against the Colts, Ravens, and Chiefs. He finished this year’s postseason with 14 receptions for 145 yards.
It’s easy to see why Beasley is so adored by his Bills teammates. The veteran risked his long-term career and health by playing on a broken fibula because he didn’t want to let the organization down. It goes to show that the smallest guys in football have the biggest motors and hearts.
Beasley and the Bills should be proud of the season they had. They went 13-3 in the regular season and became the first Buffalo team to reach the AFC Championship Game since the 1993 squad. There’s no shame in losing to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL, so it’s not easy to defeat him at home in the postseason.
Cole Beasley will begin his offseason by resting his broken fibula so he can be at 100% by the time training camp starts. Bills mafia can’t wait to see the wide receiver back in action next season.
Bills fans greeted the team at 3 am at the airport
A massive crowd of Bills fans greeted the team at the airport at 3 am following the loss to the Chiefs. No matter what, Bills mafia is always going to support their players.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how Cole Beasley and the Bills respond to the loss to Kansas City. Most pundits expect the team to be title contenders again next season.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.