Can the Buffalo Bills win the AFC East and make the playoffs?
With the team’s bold off-season moves, and new leadership under Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills seem to be transforming as an organization. With new owner Terry Pegula there will certainly no longer be any questions regarding financial willingness, and the team continues its gradual ascent from the bottom of the AFC East. In 2014, the team had its highest win total in a decade. Fans have responded and hopes soar for the Bills’ 2015 campaign. As a matter of fact, season ticket sales are on pace to break the all-time franchise record set back in 1992.
Vying for the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 1999, it’s hard to imagine a fan base hungrier than that of Buffalo. The longest such drought in the NFL has to end at some point, right? In a league with ever-increasing parity, and during a time which regularly sees last place teams jump into the playoffs from one season to the next, this could be the year.
With the Patriots weakened and Tom Brady presumably going to miss the first four games of the season, things are setting up quite nicely for Rex Ryan’s team. Acquisitions of LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassel, and an already solid supporting cast, could have the Bills in the running for a division title. The biggest question mark obviously resides in the area of starting quarterback. However, Rex Ryan’s run heavy offense, coupled with solid defensive play, should at least limit any below average contributions. After all, Rex has quite a bit of experience working with offensively limited quarterbacks.
2015 will be an exciting season for Buffalo Bills’ fans. Weeks two and eight of the regular season will be tremendous indicators of how the season may turn out. If the Bill’s can sweep both games against the Patriots, the division would surely be theirs for the taking.
The Buffalo Bills’ team this coming year should have an elite defense to go along with an adequate offense. Led by perhaps the best running back Rex Ryan has ever had, LeSean McCoy will get plenty of touches. Likewise, the ability to put immense pressure on opposing quarterbacks is of great importance in a league dominated by aerial assault. Fortunately, the Bills defensive line is one of the best in the NFL. Perhaps Rex Ryan’s first two years with the Bills will go something like those first couple he had while with the New York Jets, you never know.
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Landin Murphy covers the Buffalo Bills and NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness.