They're 4-0...and nobody seems to really notice, but I have. The Buffalo Bills have started off to a 4-0 start for the first time since...that's right, 1992, the last time they reached the Superbowl. Now I'm not saying the Bills are going to the Superbowl, but their nine year playoff draught appears to be over.
It's hard to ignore the fact that Buffalo's first four opponents have a combined record of 4-11, but it's just as hard to ignore that they have defeated two teams who were in the playoffs last year. Sure, wins over Oakland and St. Louis don't sound so impressive, but the Bills are winning games that they are supposed to win, and games they aren't.
The Bills' fast 4-0 start may have a lot of you surprised, but not me. I actually predicted Buffalo to be in the playoffs this year. Last year the Bills set a franchise record with injuries, and still had a 7-9 record. Not too bad for a team who was starting fifth string Wide Receivers at Safety. With all of the injuries last season...a healthy squad couldn't do any worse than 7-9.
Not too many people know a lot about the undefeated Buffalo Bills, so I'm going to fill you in.
First thing you need to know is that they have a scary two-headed monster in Marshawn 'Beast Mode' Lynch and Fred 'Action' Jackson. While Marshawn is tiring out defenses with his incredible strength and speed, Action Jackson takes advantage of the tired defenses and abuses them for big gains.
Buffalo has been lining up Lynch and Jackson in the backfield together, defenses don't know who the ball is going too. Either way, it's going to be dangerous. It is also both backs' second year in the league, and they look deadly. So that's the scoop on the 1-2 punch entitled "Beast Action".
Second thing you need to know about the Bills is that they have the best Special Teams in football, without question. I know what you're thinking, "who cares about special teams?" Special Teams is actually very important. Good punting from Brian Moorman has been placing teams in poor field position, making it easier for the Bills' stingy defense to stop them.
Bills' Kicker Rian Lindell has been just about perfect every year, and he hit a game winner in the final seconds in Week three against Oakland. The best part of the Bills' Special Teams is the return game. Returners Terrence McGee, Roscoe Parrish, and Leodis McKelvin are basically unstoppable. Watch a Buffalo game, you'll see what I'm talking about.
Third thing you need to know is that Buffalo's passing game has improved greatly since last season. Second year Quarterback Trent Edwards is fifth in the league in completion percentage, has four touchdowns, and only two interceptions. Not bad for a second year man ehh?
Edwards shouldn't get all of the credit though, the Bills are loaded with talent at Wide Receiver. Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish are killing defenses with their speed, while Josh Reed is getting a lot of catches with those great hands. 'Big Game' James Hardy has already made an impact in his rookie year, catching a game winning Touchdown pass to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Roscoe Parrish is injured, but should return in a few weeks.
Fourth thing you need to know is that the Bills' Defense is healthy and has new additions. Free Agent acquisitions Marcus Stroud and Kawika Mitchell are already making huge impacts. The Bills have more talent on Defense than most teams in the league.
Aaron Schobel, Donte Whitner, Marcus Stroud, Paul Posluszny, Terrence McGee, Jabari Greer and KO Simpson have really stepped their game up. Starting OLB Angello Crowell is out for season, but Keith Ellison and John DiGiorgio have been filling in nicely.
The Final thing you need to know about the Bills is that they are for real. This team of youngins' isn't fooling around. They play hard, and they play fast. Don't worry about how young they are, or how inexperienced they are. Worry about your favorite team when they have to play Buffalo.
They have all of the tools to defeat any team in the league. I'm not saying they're the best team in football, but they can compete with the best teams. The Buffalo Bills look like a good team right now, and will be a force to reckon with come playoff time. And remember, nobody circles the wagon...like the Buffalo Bills.