Buffalo Bills 2009 Preview

Brandon KabelCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 28:  Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills looks for a receiver during the game against the New England Patriots on December 28, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Looking back on the 2008 NFL season, we can see many aspects of an emerging Bills team that can give fans hope for 2009 and beyond.

This starts at the position where all eyes go to on every team, quarterback. Trent Edwards performed very well for the Bills at the beginning of the season, albeit against suspect defenses.

His performance took a dive following a week seven win against San Diego in Buffalo, and he only recorded a passer rating above 80 twice more the rest of the season.

His injury near the end of the season also raises some concerns about his durability, which Stanford fans will know is suspect. All in all, I see a developing player who has the potential to be a very good athlete. At times, he has shown us his potential, but has yet to stay consistent over an entire season.

Despite Marshawn Lynch's three game suspension, the rest of the offense should be in good shape. Lynch dominated in a few games last year, often running right over and through opposing defenders.

At times, he had no trouble breaking tackles and managed to score nine touchdowns. However, the Bills will have to give him some extra help if they want to succeed.

Fred Jackson should emerge even more as a second back than he did in 2009. The addition of Terrell Owens will also be a huge benefit for the Bills offense, as it will take some of the pressure off of Lee Evans.

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While the offense looks more promising, the defensive side of the ball is a bit more uncertain for the Bills. While last year's defense showed promise in many ways, there were times where they struggled.

In games against the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Jets, they surrendered fourth quarter leads, which eventually led to a Buffalo loss. But don't get too down on this defense. They lost several close games and held opponents to low point totals, but the offense couldn't get it done.

Third down conversions should be looked at as a good barometer of how a defense can handle pressure situations. In this category, the Bills finished ninth when compared to the rest of the teams in the NFL.

The addition of the pass rusher Aaron Maybin will only help them in this area, while their other defensive draft picks will provide some much needed depth.

Overall, the Bills should have some decent expectations next year. I give them a good shot at being at least 8-8 or 9-7, with the possibility of more wins and a playoff berth, depending on how well the offense can click. This should be a good year in Buffalo Bills football.


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