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The addition of Terrell Owens means more to this team than people realize.
As people around the game always say, it’s about matchups in the NFL: A great corner against a solid receiver, the corner wins. A Pro Bowl left tackle against a mediocre pass rusher, left tackle wins.
Before TO arrived, the Bills were looking at Lee Evans as their only receiver, who is a definite No. 1 receiver and a playmaker, so they were set there.
Then, they had Josh Reed or Roscoe Parrish as their No. 2 receiver. Both guys are very sub-par No. 2 guys because of the fact that they can rarely go out and run a route, break away from a defender, or make a play in order to get open for the quarterback.
That’s a huge mismatch for the Bills, which would have caused Edwards to get sacked more, Evans to get double covered, and more players in the box.
However, insert TO, who can get open, and now you have a mismatch in your favor. Evans and TO get take on any cornerback tandem in the league, so more help is needed by the secondary.
And, with Reed or Parrish in the slot, where they can use their hands and speed to their benefit easier, they can get down the field and be more effective, causing even more pressure on the secondary.
Edwards has more receivers open, the linebackers have to help in coverage, and the offense runs that much smoother. With that offense picking up drastically, the Jets having little offense, and the Dolphins having questions at receiver and enough firepower to compete regularly, the Bills could finish 8-8 or 9-7 and battle for a wild card spot ahead of those two teams.