Last season, the AFC East seemed to be all locked-up as the New England Patriots were coming off a perfect regular season, but they fell short in the Super Bowl thanks to Eli Manning and a historical catch by receiver David Tyree.
They had the easiest schedule in the NFL and Brady was coming off a 50 touchdown year, but the Chiefs decided to share some misery with the Patriots as quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending injury in the first game.
This left the division wide open and the Patriots were dethroned by the most surprising team last year in the Miami Dolphins.
The Buffalo Bills started out like a house on fire, they were hot. The Bills were actually a good team last season, but a key element to making the playoffs is winning inside the division and the Bills went 0-6. They finished 7-9, but even if they won half their games in the division they might have seen a game in the playoffs.
The Bills know for the first time in at least three years who their quarterback will be, and that man is Trent Edwards. He led the Bills to a 4-0 start, he was accurate, and he did not make many mistakes. Then the Bills ran into a 17-41 loss to Arizona.
From then on Edwards was making more turnovers, though most were against his own division. He now is back and has a new receiver in Terrell Owens.
Terrell Owens is considered to be one of the best receivers in the game. He has good size and underestimated speed. Also, he seems to have stellar years in the first year with a new team. With TO on one side and receiver Lee Evans on the other, the Bills must be considered a threat offensively because of their ability to go deep.
The tight end position is yet to be determined because it’s a young group, but I feel out of Derek Fine and fourth round pick Shawn Nelson one will step up. Nelson has great size, but Fine has the hands and blocking that might give him the edge in the position battle.
The defense I would like to believe will be good this year, but I have yet to figure it out. The line should be one of the best with tackle Marcus Stroud, and ends Aaron Maybin and Aaron Schobel who needs to stay healthy.
These three can really get to the quarterback and that’s what the Bills will need now that Tom Brady is back and now that they face Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. The linebacker core is also strong starter wise with Mitchell and Posluszny who are very talented and have a nose for the ball.
The secondary will be could be an unbelievable success with members like corner Terrance McGee and corner Leodis McKelvin, or they could fail miserably because of their opponents. Either way, this year more than any in recent years the secondary will need to be great and safety Donte Whitner will also play a big part in that.
Marshawn Lynch is a vital part of the offense, especially since he is the key to keeping Pro Bowl quarterbacks off the field, but being suspended will not help. Lynch’s three game suspension could not have come at a worse time as the Bills face both the Patriots (Tom Brady) and the Saints (Drew Brees). The Bills now will have to rely on Fred Jackson for controlling the clock.
Terrell Owens is part of the Good, but he is also part of the Bad and everyone knows why. T.O. has a tendency to complain and goes public with problems he has with other teammates. This might not happen as it usually takes Owens more than a year to cause trouble, so the Bills might just get the Good part of this two-sided talent.
The offensive line is borderline. They traded Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters and did not replace him in either free agency or the draft. Instead, the Bills loaded up on interior linemen with players like Eric Wood and Geoff Hangartner. The Bills will be strong up the middle, but will the massive tackle Langston Walker be able to fill Peters’ shoes?
The Bills not only have to compete inside their own division which is considered by some the toughest in the NFL, they get the pleasure of facing the NFC South and the AFC South. They will face the top three and eight out of the top ten quarterbacks in the NFL. The defense will be beaten up this year and it could be an ugly season.
Trent Edwards is a No. 2 quarterback, but if he stays healthy his bolstered receiving core could push him to a No. 1 later in the year when they face the “softer” part of the schedule.
Marshawn Lynch is suspended for the first three games, but he is a No. 1 running back so if he’s available late second round grab him.
Terrell Owens is a No. 1 receiver, but do NOT take him in the first round. He is not a top five receiver fantasy wise, so to take him over Reggie Wayne or Andre Johnson would be a mistake.
DO NOT TAKE THE BILLS DEFENSE. The defense plays too many top offenses and if they are in the top twenty the year would be a success.
The sleeper is receiver Lee Evans. Owens will demand double coverage now with his size and speed, so Evans should see a lot of single coverage and sometimes there might only be one man on his side of the field because defenses might shift their safeties towards Owens.
Evans can still run the field and now he will have less obstacles in his way and could see the end zone more than Owens. Edwards might be young, but he does realize that single coverage on Evans is gold.