With a 3-4 record heading into their Week 8 bye, the Buffalo Bills have certainly left fans with much to be desired so far this season.
A promising rushing attack has once again been slowed by injuries, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to live up to the lucrative, long-term contract the Bills gave him almost exactly one year ago and the defense—which was supposed to be vastly improved and a major strength for this team—has allowed more yards per game than any other team in the NFL through seven weeks.
And yet, there's hope. With the 4-3 New England Patriots so far unable to seize control of the AFC East like everyone expected them to and the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets having plenty of problems of their own, the Bills' season is still very much alive.
Buffalo's play coming out of the bye week, especially since the Bills will immediately face the AFC front-runner Houston Texans on the road, will be crucial. Here are three things the Bills must work on during their hiatus in order to keep themselves in the mix in the AFC East as the season's second half progresses.