The Buffalo Bills: Is This the Year?
If I were a Buffalo Bills fan, the thoughts of two games a piece against Miami's defense, or a new look, Mark Sanchez led Jets, or even Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and the New England Patriots wouldn't scare me this year.
This year might indeed be the year there isn't a 7-9 record attached to these Bills.
Yes they play in the toughest division in the NFL where every team could finish at least 8-8, if not with a winning record, and yes their schedule is tough, but the Bills are built for this season.
With home games that should be won against Tampa Bay, the Saints, Cleveland, the Jets, and Miami, and games that should be winnable at Ralph Wilson against New England, Houston, and the Colts, a 5-3 or 6-2 record at home this season is feasible.
The road might prove to be a different mistress as no one likes to go to New England. Atlanta, Tennessee, and Carolina all play tough at home and had winning records last season, and no one can truly count Jacksonville out at home.
The Jets, Miami, and Kansas City, round out their road schedule and in my estimation, the 5-3 is possible, if not, then 4-4 certainly wouldn't be bad marks given the intensity of their opponents at their home stadiums.
In the offseason, the Bills added a lot of fire power for Trent Edwards, giving him probably the most complete receiving corps in the league.
Lee Evans is turning into a stud, and now with Terrell Owens if only a year, which is probably as long as Owens will stand being the number two wide-out on a team, they match up with any other team's top two wide-outs.
Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, and James Hardy complete the group, with any of the three capable of being a No. 2 receiver if need be.
Some experts expect Parrish or Reed to get moved for drafts picks sometime this year, but I suspect it won't happen until next offseason.
Dominic Rhodes joins Fred Jackson and the troubled Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, and if the woes of Lynch, or the inexperience of Jackson prove to be too much, Rhodes is capable of being a worthy substitution.
The Bills went primarily defensive in the 2009 draft selecting Aaron Maybin to team with Aaron Schobel as defensive ends, and Jairus Byrd, Nic Harris, and Cary Harris are all worthy cogs on a defense that suffered it's share of injuries over the past few seasons, primarily to linebackers.
Two rookies look to start on the offensive line this season with Andy Livitre and Eric Wood at the guard spots respectively.
Personally, if I were the Bills, I would take serious consideration into signing released Bengals guard Levi Jones. Jones sures up the line and makes Edwards life a lot easier in the long run.
The Bills are always going the be the enigma of the AFC. you never know which way their dominoes will fall, but I think this is the year their dominoes fall right into the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and Terrell Owens will be playing for the love of money and for a ring, so you can expect at-least one playoff victory, maybe more.
This season, the Bills become the Cardinals of last season. They have to. Owens' career depends on them succeeding. He might be one of the top 15 wideouts to ever touch a football, but without a ring, he's just another Donte Stallworth, a car wreck waiting to happen.
I predict the Bills win ten games. A hard, miserable 10-6 record that by no means will be pretty, but no one in Buffalo thinks anything should be done the easy way.
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