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32 Teams in 32 Days: Buffalo Bills

Key Additions

Sean McDermott: As the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers for the last few seasons, Sean McDermott was hired to be the head coach of the Bills this season. His defensive approach gives this team a fresh new look.

Patrick DiMarco: Although a fullback is typically not a large part of any offense, DiMarco will be an offensive weapon for the Bills this year. With Atlanta, DiMarco was a stout blocker for Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, as well as a decent receiver for Matt Ryan. Look for him to help out Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy.

Micah Hyde: Formerly of the Green Bay Packers, Hyde has been a quiet, yet productive safety throughout his career. Now in Buffalo, Hyde can become a starting safety and be a leader in this young secondary.

The Offense

Overall, the Bills offense is solid. They have a serviceable QB in Tyrod Taylor, a stud RB in Lesean McCoy, and a clear number one receiver in Sammy Watkins. Their offensive line is underrated, as lineman such as Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito and Eric Wood are among the best in their positions. The addition of Patrick DiMarco can fortify this offense as a whole.

The Defense

The Bills defense has talent at all three levels, but has an issue with the age of their players. Veterans such as Kyle Williams, Marcel Dareus and Jerry Hughes can be productive, but with age comes the possibility of injury. Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White can make an impact immediately, but will have to fill the big shoes of Stephon Gillmore, now with the New England Patriots.

Team Schedule and Season Outlook 

Best Case Scenario: (8-8)

Although the Bills are a team with playoff contention potential, their schedule is too tough to win.

Playing in the AFC East, they’ll have to play the Patriots–twice. So, two losses there. The Dolphins are competitive, but I think they’ll split with them. The Jets plan to tank, so give them two wins there.

The Bills also play the rising NFC South, the competitive AFC West, and both decent teams in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

The Bills will go 8-8 is if they can stay in the more competitive games, as well as win a few games outside of the division.

Worst Case Scenario: (5-11)

As mentioned before, the Bills have a tough schedule. Although their roster is good on paper, implementing a game plan to beat some of the harder opponents with a rookie head coach will prove to be difficult.

The Bills will go 5-11 if the close games don’t go their way and they lose to the teams on the brink of playoff contention.

My Predictions

Week 1: vs. NY Jets

Result: (1-0)

Week 2: @ Carolina

Result: (1-1)

Week 3: vs. Denver

Result: W (2-1)

Week 4: @ Atlanta

Result: (2-2)

Week 5: @ Cincinnati

Result: (3-2)

Week 6: Bye Week

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay

Result: (3-3)

Week 8: vs. Oakland

Result: (3-4)

Week 9: @ NY Jets

Result: (4-4)

Week 10: vs. New Orleans

Result: W (5-4)

Week 11: @ LA Chargers

Result: (5-5)

Week 12: @ Kansas City

Result: (5-6)

Week 13: vs. New England

Result: (5-7)

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis

Result: (5-8)

Week 15: vs. Miami

Result: (5-9)

Week 16: @ Patriots

Result: (5-10)

Week 17: @ Miami

Result: (6-10)

In conclusion, the Bills will fail to make the playoffs and may have a top ten pick in the draft. With the Kansas City Chiefs giving them their 2018 draft pick because they traded up to select Patrick Mahomes II, the Bills will have another pick as well. They need to find their chemistry with new head coach Sean McDermott before they become a playoff contender.

 

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