The regular season is upon us, so now all of the fan’s hopes and worries about the team can truly be justified in meaningful games. With that said, here are 5 bold Buffalo Bills predictions I have for the upcoming season.
1.) The Bills Win More Than Six Games
Vegas, and most media outlets, has the Bills pinned for six wins. It’s the same amount they have won each of the past three years. This season I think they do more. Finishing .500 in the division spots the team three wins and from there it only requires four more wins facing teams like the Lions, Vikings, Raiders and Texans. Do they make the playoffs? I’m not sure, but anything more than six wins puts the team in the wildcard hunt in December.
2.) The Bills Will Have a Top 10 Run Defense
Nigel Bradham has been playing well in his role replacing the injured Kiko Alonso, and Brandon Spikes is one of the highest rated run stuffers in the league. Between the linebackers and the defensive line getting penetration, running against this team will be difficult. The last time the Bills had a top 10 run defense was back in 2004 where they finished 7th in the league.
3.) Buffalo Will Have a 1,000 Yard Rusher, 1,000 Yard Receiver and 3,000 Yard Passer
The Buffalo Bills had this happen in 2012 with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing, C.J. Spiller running and Stevie Johnson catching, which seems not long ago, but this is a difficult feat for a team to pull off. Before 2012 you have to go back to 2002 with Drew Bledsoe, Travis Henry and both Eric Moulds and Peerless Price eclipsing this threshold. This time around Spiller should be joined by quarterback EJ Manuel and rookie Sammy Watkins.
4.) Nathaniel Hackett Keeps His Job, Barely
There has been a lot written about the Bills offensive struggles in the preseason and how those struggles should fall on head coach Doug Marrone, but what people should be talking about is how poorly of a job offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has done. He didn’t develop Manuel far enough his rookie season so Marrone had to bring in a quarterbacks coach. Thus far Hackett has only one game, against the Jets in Orchard Park, which he can definitely say was a play calling masterpiece. Otherwise, Hackett has been conservative, not very imaginative, and outwitted many times. The offense will improve despite Hackett’s missteps and he holds onto his job through the season. That said, don’t be surprised if Marrone looks elsewhere to improve his coaching staff if the offense, and Manuel to a point, fails to make the necessary progression.
5.) Terry Pegula is Named the New Bills Owner in October
Every fan knows that the Bills are Terry Pegula’s to lose, especially now that he is one of three finalists, so the bold prediction is that it’s completed by the owners meeting on October 7th & 8th. The Wilson estate wants to have this completed by the end of the year to avoid the massive estate tax coming their way. In order for that to happen, the sale needs to be completed, and the owner confirmed, by the league as soon as possible, which means the only meeting to do all of this is during the fall meetings.
One to grow on – The Bills beat the Chiefs on Nov 9th.
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