NFL Season Preview: Buffalo Bills

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2008

The Bills are not immune to the offseason player troubles that have plagued the NFL so far.

Starting runningback Marshawn Lynch had his license revoked after a hit-and-run incident where his defense was, "I didn't know I hit anything."

I am going to use that next time I get a bad test grade.  "Test?  What test?"

On to the season preview.

Key Addition/Subtraction

Kawika Mitchell- From the Giants

Michael Gaines- To the Lions

Key Games

Sept. 21st, vs. Raiders- The Raiders are an up-and-coming team, if the Bills can hold them down, it will be a big win.

Oct. 26th, at Dolphins- You need to win the games you are supposed to win, winning those games in the division is even better.

Nov. 9th, at Patriots- The Pats are at the top of the division, bringing them down is big.

Nov. 17th, vs. Browns- These two teams could be vying for a Wild Card berth, which makes this game big.

Season Outlook

Lynch had a good season last year, and despite the troubles, he is likely going to improve to around 1,250 yards and eight-nine TD's.

Trent Edwards took over last season for J.P Losman and hasn't looked back, but if he struggles, there is going to be a lot of adversity at the QB position.  Losman had a better QB rating than Edwards last season.

Lee Evans is really good receiver who doesn't get as much respect as he deserves.  Despite a bad QB situation last year, he still had nearly 850 yards and averaged just over 15 yards per catch.

They strengthened their secondary by adding Leodis McKelvin in the Draft, who is going to join Ashton Youboty, who didn't get a lot of playing time due to injury, as a good young corner.

Paul Posluszny not only has the toughest last name to spell in the NFL, he also is likely to become a force in the NFL as a linebacker.

My Prediction

The Bills are good, and they are getting better, but the quarterback position is going to be their achilles heel this season.

They could finish anywhere from 5-11 to 9-7, and I am going to put my guess right around 8-8.

I'm Joe W.

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