Buffalo Bills: 5 Reasons They Will Continue Their Electric Start
The Bills outplayed the Chiefs in every facet of the game. They ran better, they passed better, they played defense better and special teams better.
In Week 1, the Buffalo Bills looked like one of the most prepared teams in the NFL. They got off to the start they needed to after a long and bad season last year.
Here are five reasons why the Buffalo Bills will continue their electric start to the season.
5: Scott Chandler
The Bills had a more than solid passing offense last season, but they were lacking something important: Solid tight end play.
Every good pass attack needs a good tight end, and the Bills may finally have one. On Sunday, Scott Chandler caught five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. It was the best receiving day a Bills tight end has had in God knows how long.
With Scott Chandler giving the Bills a viable receiving option at tight end, Buffalo has yet another weapon on offense.
4: Improved Front Seven
The Bills front seven was greatly improved this off-season, and it showed on Sunday. The pass-rush was much better than last season, and so was the run defense.
With Marcell Dareus, Dwan Edwards and Kyle Williams up front, the Bills defensive line could be a dominant force all season. They also have nice depth on the line in Terrell Troup and Spencer Johnson.
The Bills linebackers are much improved from last season. They went from zero depth at inside linebacker to having four capable starters inside. With Nick Barnett, Kirk Morrison, Andra Davis, Arthur Moats and Kelvin Sheppard inside, the Bills will be tough to run on all season.
With Shawne Merriman rushing the outside, teams should be scared of Buffalo's front seven.
3: Jairus Byrd
Jairus Byrd just gets better and better.
While his interception numbers were down last season, he greatly improved as a tackler and in coverage. This season, he looks even better.
Byrd was all over the field on Sunday. He left people saying, "Is that Troy Polamalu?" No, it is not Polamalu. It is Byrd, and he has arrived.
If Byrd can be the force in the secondary that Buffalo needs him to be, they will be tough to beat all year.
2: Fred Jackson
Fred Jackson proved once again that he is a monster on Sunday. His power is too much for defenses and he brings decent speed along with it.
The Chiefs had no answer for Jackson. He would not stop running down their throats. Jackson finished the game with 20 carries for 112 yards and was the main reason for Buffalo's success.
If Buffalo can get that kind of production out of Jackson every week, teams are in serious trouble. With CJ Spiller changing the pace, the Bills have a very nice run attack.
Like people said all off-season; If Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to get better, the Bills will be just fine. Well, Fitzpatrick looked darn good on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick finished the game with 17 completions out of 25 attempts for 208 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 133.0. Yeah, the Bills will be just fine if he keeps it up.
With Fitzpatrick leading the helm, the Bills could be headed to the playoffs.