NFL Predictions: Odds of Buffalo Bills Exorcising Demons, Winning Super Bowl
After four weeks, the Buffalo Bills are tied for the best record in the AFC and are in first place in the AFC East. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Buffalo is obviously improved, but are they good enough to do it all? Are the Bills ready to take the plunge and do what no Bills team has done in the past? Are the Bills good enough to do the unthinkable?
Can the Bills win Super Bowl XLVI?
Let's take a look.
Can They Run the Football?
You have to be able to run the football in order to succeed, and Buffalo can definitely run the football.
Fred Jackson has been one of the best running backs in football up to this point, and the Bills offense runs through him.
Can They Pass?
The NFL is becoming a pass-happy league. If you cannot throw the ball, you will not be successful. Can Buffalo throw the ball? For the first time in a long time...
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league thus far, and Buffalo would not be 3-1 without him. He is leading the NFL's fourth-highest scoring offense, and the players rally around him. He has had two big comebacks and has proved he can play in the big situation.
How Is Their Offensive Line?
How has Buffalo's offensive line played through four weeks? Surprisingly well. Don't believe me? Ask Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has only been sacked twice so far, and Fred Jackson, who is having a career year.
Do They Have Playmakers?
To go all the way, you need players who can change the game in one play. Between Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Brad Smith, Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Donald Jones, Buffalo has a truckload of game-breaking playmakers.
Can They Stop the Run?
Buffalo is much improved from last season against the run, but there are still improvements to be made.
Marcell Dareus has been solid, and Kyle Williams is being Kyle Williams. Shawne Merriman has done a nice job containing the edges, and Nick Barnett has been outstanding at inside linebacker.
Buffalo is still struggling to stop the run, though. That will change with time.
Can They Rush the Passer?
Buffalo has been struggling to get to the quarterback. There is no blame on any individual players in particular, but the Bills need more pressure on the QB.
Merriman is improving each week and is getting closer and closer to the quarterback. Not to mention, he is getting held quite a bit.
Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are getting decent pressure up the middle, but defensive coordinator George Edwards needs to design some better blitz packages. So far, nothing has worked.
How Is Their Pass Coverage?
Buffalo's pass coverage has been their weakest link of the team. There have been some bright spots, but overall as a unit, the secondary is not playing well.
Drayton Florence has been solid, Jairus Byrd has been fantastic and Bryan Scott has made a lot of nice plays. However, Terrence McGee has yet to see any action since Week 1, and George Wilson has been inconsistent.
Leodis McKelvin has struggled more than anyone on the Bills so far. His ability to play the ball, or lack thereof, is really being exploited. Teams attack him week after week, and he is not getting any better. McKelvin needs to step up, or Buffalo is going to have to find another cornerback.
Can They Win the Super Bowl?
Can Buffalo win the big one? It is possible, but they have to improve.
Beating the New England Patriots proved that Buffalo can hang with the big boys, but now they have to continue to do that. They have to beat teams like the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Jets and Chargers to prove they can do this.
Buffalo needs to make some improvements on defense, both against the pass and the run, in order to win it all. It is definitely possible, but they are not ready yet. But remember...
NOBODY circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills!