I realize it has been almost two weeks since I last wrote in this blog, which is a problem.
It took me forever to get to one of the Bills Backers bars in Brooklyn, called Bonnie’s Grill. It was a good time, I must say. Not quite as outwardly a Bills bar, as I had expected. The food, however, was pretty awesome. The wings were good, but still not as good as the wings I know and love back in WNY. However, let me get to the main idea of my blog this week: my bold predictions for the Bills this season.
I like how the ESPN people do this on NFL Live before every season (by the way, Chris Mortensen predicted the Bills to get to the playoffs this year), so I decided that I will follow suit, but specifically for the Bills, and only the Bills. Some of these will be less bold than others, but it’s all for fun. So here we go.
Soundtrack’s Bold Bills Predictions for 2012:
5) Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for over 4000 yards. He came pretty close to doing this last year. With a healthy offensive line, Fred Jackson, CJ’s emergence as a major weapon last year, and a new influx of receiving talent, this is the (first) year Fitz gets over 4,000 yards.
4) Shawne Merriman will get over 5 sacks. The reports from OTA’s and mini-camp are all pointing to Merriman being pretty darn close to “Lights Out” form. He is going to be a total wild card for opposing O-lines, since so much attention is going to be focused towards Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcel Dareus, and Mark Anderson, that it’s not out of the question to think that Merriman will go unnoticed, or be a last thought. I think he takes advantage of that, and show up in a big way this year.
3) Stevie Johnson will post a third straight 1000 yard receiving season. Last year Stevie became the only receiver is Bills history to post back-to-back 1000 yard seasons (I still have a hard time believing that none of the other prolific receivers the Bills have had did that). We all have seen what he can do to the best corners in the league (see: Bills at Jets, Stevie gets the only touchdown against Revis all season), and he was nursing a groin injury throughout the whole season! There’s no reason to think he won’t do the same this year.
2) CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson will both have over 1500 yards from scrimmage. We don’t really know who the feature back is going to be, or even if there will be a true number one back this year. What we do know, is that both Jackson and Spiller are major weapons in both the running, and passing games. I think they combine for some serious yardage this year, much to the delight of Bills fans and fantasy owners.
1) The Bills go undefeated at home. Let’s take a look at their home schedule: the Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Titans, Jaguars, and Rams. Does it really seem like an outlandish statement to say the Bills can’t win these eight games? I think not. En route to a winning season (and hopefully the playoffs), the Bills go undefeated at home for the first time in far too long.
Until next time, soundtrack out.