NFL Team Previews: Buffalo Bills
AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN
AFC West: DEN | KAN | OAK | SDG
NFC North: CHI | DET | GBA | MIN
NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA
NFC West: ARI | STL | SFO | SEA
You have to look no farther than "No. 81" to find an answer to that question.
Slightly less publicized are the signings of Dominic Rhodes and Drayton Florence.
Angelo Crowell was the only Bills’ free agent of not to not stay in Buffalo, and the J.P. Losman era has officially run into an iceberg, as Losman is out of Buffalo, and out of the NFL.
The Bills were movers in the draft, and helped themselves early, picking up Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin and Louisville center Eric Wood in the first round, the former of which may have been picked too high, and the latter cost them former franchise tackle Jason Peters.
Three Burning Questions
Can Terrell Owens co-exist with a fairly young, fairly inexperienced Quarterback?
While he didn’t finish off Romo, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort. Edwards is a smart guy, but will he be head-strong enough to deflect any attacks that may come from his receiver?
Is the offensive line ready to leap towards the front of the pack?
Last year, the one area I criticized the most while doing the Buffalo preview was the offensive line.
This year, the cornerstone of that line is missing. Yet, this year, I say the Bills are both better and better off without Peters.
They addressed the line early in the draft, in somewhat unconventional ways, drafting Wood in the first round, and then nabbing a guard, Andy Levitre, in the second. They also added Geof Hangartner and Seth McKinney.
This line is not likely to be in the league’s top 10 this season, but they’re on the right track.
Is the defense ready to step up against the likes of New England?
Last year, they added run-stuffing tackle John Henderson. This year, they drafted a pass-rusher in Maybin.
The have the likes of Paul Posluzny and Keith Ellison roaming the middle and a solid secondary that includes Terrence McGee, Donte Whitner and Leodis McKelvin.
Last season Buffalo ranked 14th in total defense and scoring defense, and I think they can improve on that this year, threatening to make the top 10 in either category.
For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.
This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.
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