NFL Week 4: 5 Reasons the Buffalo Bills Are For Real

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIISeptember 27, 2011

NFL Week 4: 5 Reasons the Buffalo Bills Are For Real

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    The Buffalo Bills are now 3-0 and could quite possibly be an unprecedented 4-0 after Week 4, as they are slated to play the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.

    Fans gleaned positives here and there from last year's disappointing season, but no one could have expected Buffalo to run out of the starting gate like they have here.

    Many things have contributed to Buffalo's first three wins, and I've narrowed down five that could signal that these upstart Bills are for real.

    Here are five reasons that the Buffalo Bills are a playoff team.

The Passing Offense Has Arrived

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    After losing Lee Evans in the offseason, prognosticators predicted that the Bills passing offense would take a nosedive after its encouraging 2010 campaign.

    Rather, the opposite occurred, as Ryan Fitzpatrick has been utilizing every weapon in his receiving corps to wreak havoc on opposing secondaries.

    Fitzpatrick has thrown for nine touchdowns to just three interceptions, as well as a 64.9 completion percentage and a 103.5 quarterback rating.

The Running Game Has Been More Than Solid

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    Quietly, Fred Jackson has the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL, as well as a league-high (min. 35 carries) 6.4 YPC.

    Jackson has kept defenses on their toes and given the Bills a legitimate, two-way threat offense.

    With a more-than-solid running game, the Bills have been able to pass the ball and put up over 30 points in each game.

The Secondary Is Playing Up

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    When a team picks off Tom Brady four times in a game, something must be going really well in the secondary.

    Brady was unable to keep the ball in his own team's hands, as he threw, in one game against Buffalo, as many interceptions as he threw all of last year.

    After holding Kansas City to just three points in the first game, the defensive backfield is looking stronger than ever.

The Front Seven Is Much Improved

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    It's not as though the defense is one of the best of the league—in fact, their rushing defense is 24th in the league.

    Don't forget, though, the Bills we're 32nd in the NFL in rushing defense, and they've moved up eight spots, which is an improvement.

    If the Bills can just hold opposing rushers to reasonable totals, this team can rally around their other team's parts.

The Bills Have Heart

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    This may be all that this slideshow comes down to—the Buffalo Bills have enough heart to win any game, no matter the situation.

    After overcoming a 21-3 deficit against the Oakland Raiders and winning 38-35 in the last minute, the Bills overcame a 21-0 Patriot lead to win the game as time expired.

    The Bills can overcome adversity and conquer deficits with the heart they've shown so far—look for this team to continue playing with confidence on their way to the playoffs.