NFL Team Previews: Buffalo Bills

Pigskin HeavenCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills looks on against the Tennessee Titans during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 9, 2009 in Canton, Ohio. The Titans defeated the Bills 21-18. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Pigskin Heaven's Sascha Bartels is breaking down every single team in the NFL prior to the season. Here is his analysis and forecast for the Buffalo Bills. Click on a team to read its preview.

AFC East: BUF | MIA | NE | NYJ

AFC North: BAL | CIN | CLE | PIT

AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN



NFC North: CHI | DET | GBA | MIN

NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA


What’s New?

You have to look no farther than "No. 81" to find an answer to that question.

It’s safe to say that Buffalo stunned the NFL community with the signing of oft-troubled wideout Terrell Owens, though you can’t deny being enticed by what he can bring to an offense.

Slightly less publicized are the signings of Dominic Rhodes and Drayton Florence.

Angelo Crowell was the only Bills’ free agent of not to not stay in Buffalo, and the J.P. Losman era has officially run into an iceberg, as Losman is out of Buffalo, and out of the NFL.

The Bills were movers in the draft, and helped themselves early, picking up Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin and Louisville center Eric Wood in the first round, the former of which may have been picked too high, and the latter cost them former franchise tackle Jason Peters.

Three Burning Questions

Can Terrell Owens co-exist with a fairly young, fairly inexperienced Quarterback?

Owens found Romo in Dallas at a point when Tony had about as much NFL experience as Trent Edwards does now.

While he didn’t finish off Romo, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort. Edwards is a smart guy, but will he be head-strong enough to deflect any attacks that may come from his receiver?

Is the offensive line ready to leap towards the front of the pack?

Last year, the one area I criticized the most while doing the Buffalo preview was the offensive line.

This year, the cornerstone of that line is missing. Yet, this year, I say the Bills are both better and better off without Peters.

They addressed the line early in the draft, in somewhat unconventional ways, drafting  Wood in the first round, and then nabbing a guard, Andy Levitre, in the second. They also added Geof Hangartner and Seth McKinney.

This line is not likely to be in the league’s top 10 this season, but they’re on the right track.

Is the defense ready to step up against the likes of New England?

Last year, they added run-stuffing tackle John Henderson. This year, they drafted a pass-rusher in Maybin.

The have the likes of Paul Posluzny and Keith Ellison roaming the middle and a solid secondary that includes Terrence McGee, Donte Whitner and Leodis McKelvin.

Last season Buffalo ranked 14th in total defense and scoring defense, and I think they can improve on that this year, threatening to make the top 10 in either category.

With New England on the schedule twice, as well as the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Houston and Indianapolis, the defense better be ready for the challenge.


For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.

This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.