2015 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Buffalo Bills enter the 2015 season trying to take the next step towards the franchise’s first playoff berth since 1999. The 2014 season saw the Bills win 9 games, falling just one game short of a playoff bid. The Bills put an emphasis on defense in the offseason, bringing in defensive guru Rex Ryan as the team’s head coach, as well as drafting ultra-talented corner back Ronald Darby with their first pick in the 2015 NFL draft. One of the biggest questions for the 2015 Buffalo Bills will be who takes over as the team’s quarterback. The job will either go to Matt Cassel or E. J. Manuel. Whichever quarterback wins the job, they will have the task of feeding Sammy Watkins the ball, one of the game’s best receivers. If the Bills can find decent play from one of their quarterbacks, they could be in contention for a wild card berth in 2015.
2014 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Bills are adding some big pieces to a young team, and they believe this is the year they can compete with the Patriots and whoever may stand in their way in the AFC East in 2014. The most high-profile addition was WR Sammy Watkins, who was taken No. 4 overall in the NFL draft. Watkins is of the same breed as A.J. Green, and could wreak havoc on opposing secondaries. The unknown is how E.J. Manuel will do in his second year as Bills QB. Manuel went through a few knee surgeries and will need to play better on the offensive line to make sure that won’t happen. A second round pick spend on OT Cyrus Kouandijio should help with that. The season kicks off in Chicago against the Bears, with the first home game being a Week 2 clash with the Dolphins. The Patriots come into Ralph Wilson in Week 6, and the Bills will face both the Packers and Broncos late in the season.
2013 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Bills underwent wholesale changes over the offseason. Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone was hired as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Ryan Fitzpatrick is no longer in the equation at quarterback, being replaced with former Arizona Cardinal Kevin Kolb. The NFL Draft was focused on offense for the Bills. In the first round Buffalo selected E.J. Manuel out of Florida State—the only quarterback to be taken in the first round. In the second and third rounds the Bills took wide receivers—Robert Woods from USC and Marquise Goodwin out of Texas. On the defensive side of the ball, Buffalo’s main prerogative was to keep their own free agents, placing the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd and resigning corner back Leodis McKelvin. The other two notable additions defensively were a trade for former Indianapolis Colt Jared Hughes and the selection of Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso in the second round of the draft. With big changes in the offseason, the Bills should be more productive in 2013.
2012 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
Falling flat after a 3-0 start in 2011, the Buffalo Bills have a lot to prove this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick went from hero to goat in the final nine games of the year, of which the Bills lost eight. Head coach Chan Gailey has been given another shot to get it done, and this could be his and Fitzpatrick’s last opportunity to prove themselves in Buffalo. Stevie Johnson will once again be the focal point of the passing attempt, as he was the first receiver in Bills history to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Gailey will county on third-year man Donald Jones to step up and be the play-making wide receiver on the other side of the field. Fred Jackson is the first-choice tailback once again after rushing for 934 yards in only 10 games before fracturing his fibula – putting him on IR for the rest of the season. The big moves were made on defense in the offseason, bringing in two-time All-Pro Mario Williams to terrorize quarterbacks from the defensive end position. The Bills also strengthened the defense in the draft, picking up South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore to play safety. The Bills begin the season at the Jets before the home opener in Week 2 against Kansas City. Two weeks later they’ll host the Patriots, and they’ll be at home for four of the final five games of the year.
2011 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Buffalo Bills have had a string of underachieving years, most likely due to being victims of circumstance. They play in the super-competitive AFC East, dominated by the Patriots and Jets for the past decade. However, they may have some hope for 2011, as they possess a number of young skilled players who could make a difference in battling the powerhouses in the conference and division. Perhaps the biggest hole in the Bills offense is at quarterback. The presumptive starter is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who showed flashes of potential last season, but also suffered from inconsistency. Luckily he is surrounded by some talented players who can pick up the slack. Receivers Steve Johnson and Lee Evans are both among the fastest players in the league, and running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have big play capability. The Bills will have to improve defensively if they want to compete with the likes of the Jets and the Patriots. But, they have some parts in place to shore up their defense, most notably in the form of linebacker Shawne Merriman, who will be beginning his first full season with the club. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin is also a strong player and return specialist.
2010 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Buffalo Bills have one of the most tortured fan bases in all of professional sports. The Bills have yet to win a Super Bowl and have not made it to the post-season in more than 10 years. However, it will be difficult for them to change their this year, as they lack the talent and play in the loaded AFC East. While Buffalo has the personnel to provide a high-scoring offense, they have not had much success as of late. Much of the problem has been at quarterback, and this year is no different. There is no definite starter, as Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick are all vying for the starting job. Lee Evans is one of the best playmakers in the league at wide receiver, but without a stable quarterback he is not much use. Rookie running back CJ Spiller and fourth-year man Marshawn Lynch provide a spark in the backfield. Regardless of the potential the offense has, it's nothing if the defense does not improve from last year. The Bills ranked 30th in rush defense by allowing over 156 yards per game. Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny will be an important factor in reducing that number.
2009 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The upside for the Buffalo Bills heading into 2009 is a talented, young nucleus of players that includes quarterback Trent Edwards and running back Marshawn Lynch. Then the Bills went out and shocked the football world by signing uber-talented wide receiver Terrell Owens. The talent is there for the Bills to make some serious noise in 2009. The downside for Buffalo heading into the new season? They still play in the AFC East, perhaps the most loaded division in the NFL. The Bills will be good this season, but will they be good enough to overcome the Dolphins, Jets & Pats?
2008 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
The Buffalo Bills are a tough team to beat in the AFC this coming season. They’re young and have managed to finish relatively strong in 2007. The Bills have proven themselves to be a team no one can ever write-off for any game. The team’s future looks bright with the promise of rookie QB Trent Edwards and a strong defense. Buffalo fans will look for their team to drop the losing mentality that has plagued them for years and make a big impact in 2008. Ralph Wilson Stadium will be out of control next season as the Bills try to make a big playoff run.