The usually dominant Patriots have dropped a few close games early in the season and it seems as though the division is wide open.
Buffalo, which signed free-agent Mario Williams in the offseason, has displayed a willingness to compete for a playoff spot as early as this year. In landing Williams, the Bills beefed up a porous defensive line and made a statement to the rest of the league.
After three blowout losses, though, Williams and the team need to make another splash to be able to compete in their tough division. The Bills are down 192-137 in total season point differential and haven't shown the ability to match teams score for score.
When on the field and healthy, both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have been phenomenal. The running game is a legitimate threat and teams have played with more men in the box to counteract Spiller and Jackson.
Passing the ball has been the Bills' issue in 2012. Though Chan Gailey employs a high-powered spread attack, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled to get the ball to his below-average receiving corps.
Though he's thrown for 12 touchdowns (good for fifth in the NFL), Fitzpatrick has been erratic with just a 57.9 percent of his 183 pass attempts completed and the quarterback has also thrown eight interceptions.
Stevie Johnson, the team's current No. 1 wideout, has been solid this season and had an excellent showing against Arizona, but he's the only real above-average receiver on the team that opposing defenses need to worry about. The pass catcher sees a lot of double coverage and is usually almost neutralized in the pass game.
Enter Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe has caught 34 passes on the year for 423 yards and three touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, he's been the fifth-most targeted receiver in all of football this season. Add all of those numbers to a 6'3", 220-pound frame and it's easy to see that Dwayne Bowe is a bona fide, No. 1 wide receiver.
Buffalo fans saw just how good Bowe is when the receiver caught eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Bills. Though the Chiefs lost, Bowe flashed his elite potential.
If the Bills bring in Bowe, the team can better utilize Stevie Johnson. With two top-notch receivers, Chan Gailey can move both players all around his formations and find creative ways to get the two open. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the arm, he just needs another receiver.
Buffalo has the personnel for a playoff run and the team needs to do well down the stretch if it wants to garner a postseason berth. Adding Bowe would make it possible for the Bills to light up scoreboards and capture at least a wild-card berth.
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