Last year was a magical season for Bills Mafia. After decades of watching the Patriots dominate the AFC East, Buffalo won their first division title since 1995. That means Bills fans that are younger than 25 have never seen their team win a division title. It wasn't a one-year fluke. The Buffalo Bills are here to stay, as they are most certainly Super Bowl contenders this season.
The Bills had a decent defense last season. Not too bad, not too good. Decent.
They need to get better at defending the run. They ranked 17th in run defense last season, which isn't terrible. It's certainly not where they want to be though. When you look at this defense, not much has changed. They bring back Ed Oliver, Jerry Hughes, and Star Lotulelei upfront. They added Gregory Rousseau in the first round, and we all expect AJ Epenesa to take another step forward in his second year. I think this group should be improved this season.
One of the main priorities for this defense was to make sure to bring back Matt Milano. Milano got paid this offseason receiving a four-year $44 million contract. The Bills are hoping to get Milano back for the full season, after missing some games last year due to injury. Milano will be joined by Tremaine Edmunds, as those two are going to be Buffalo's starting linebackers.
I like this secondary group. I think Jordan Poyer has been one of the more underrated safeties in the NFL. They also have shutdown corner Tre'Davious White, alongside other safety Micah Hyde.
Brian Daboll is a wizard. Buffalo's offensive coordinator put together one of the best and most exciting offenses in the NFL.
Josh Allen took a historic leap. The kid from Wyoming proved that he could be an elite NFL quarterback. It was never about talent. We all saw the athleticism and arm talent pop off the TV. It was all about putting it together. Credit to Allen and Daboll for putting in the work. Allen has become one of the most electric QBs in the league, and he's my pick to win MVP this season.
They are loaded at receiver. Stefon Diggs leads the charge after putting up monster numbers in his first year at Buffalo. Other than Tom Brady going to the Bucs, that was the best acquisition of the offseason last year. Cole Beasley returns in the slot. He's actually a pretty good football player when he's not arguing with people about the vaccine on Twitter. They lost John Brown but added Emmanuel Sanders. This unit should return as one of the best in the NFL again.
Running back seems like a bit of a question. Right now, they have Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, and Matt Brieda on the roster. Can we see a running back by committee or is one of those players going to emerge as the clear-cut starter? That's something to keep an eye on as we get closer to the season.
BEST VALUE FANTASY PLAYER
How about Dawson Knox? Hopefully, he can start all 17 games this season. He has flashed at times but seems like he never put it all together. There's a lot of mouths to feed in this offense, but I like Knox to emerge into a bigger role in the offense this year.
TOTAL WIN PREDICTION
The Bills are currently at 10.5 wins. I'm going with the over. Like I said earlier, this team is a Super Bowl contender. Although the AFC East got better this offseason, I still like the Bills to win the division and get close to 13 wins again.
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