How Good Are the Buffalo Bills? 10 Reasons Why They Are a Playoff Team

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How Good Are the Buffalo Bills? 10 Reasons Why They Are a Playoff Team
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With eight weeks completed on the 2011 NFL season, it is safe to say that the four surprise teams this year are the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.

Each of these teams has been able to reverse the stigma of a losing 2010 season, and turn their fortunes around in relatively short order. 

The Bills are the one team from the group that still isn't that well known, outside of the confines of Western New York and Toronto, Canada. Some of that lack of recognition is changing slowly but surely, but I believe their notoriety will take off if the Bills are able to defeat the New York Jets this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

So, we were wondering, just how good are the Buffalo Bills in 2011? Can they break their 11-year absence from the playoffs? If they reach the playoffs, how far can they go? You would think that the teams to qualify for the AFC playoffs are those teams with a winning record right now.

Out of those teams, in Chan Gailey's 23 games as the Bills' head coach, he has led the Bills to wins over New England, Oakland, Kansas City and Cincinnati.

They lost by three points to both Pittsburgh and Baltimore. They will have a chance to knock off the Jets this Sunday, and they face San Diego on December 11.

The only team that Gailey hasn't coached against is the Houston Texans. That should give the Bills a degree of confidence, assuming that they can reach the "second season."

We are going to go ahead and present the top 10 reasons why the Buffalo Bills are good enough to be a playoff team in 2011. 

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