The Buffalo Bills were one of the most exciting surprise stories in the first month of the National Football League season as they went from a team that was nothing more than a “go against” sports commodity into a team that was bringing better than expected board value.
Buffalo won 4 of their first 5 games with the season opening 41-7 blowout at Kansas City as 3.5 point road dogs setting the tone for the year. Harvard’s own Ryan Fitzpatrick has settled in at starting quarterback under the expert tutelage of head coach Chan Gailey. Fitzpatrick had a stellar 95.3 quarterback rating through 6 games with a 66% completion rate, 1477 yards, and a 12/6 TD/INT ratio.
Gailey has to be given credit for enhancing the Buffalo Bills sports betting credibility and appeal. It is also a wonderful personal story. Gailey had success as a head coach in the late 1990’s with the Dallas Cowboys despite the meddling of owner Jerry Jones, who eventually fired Gailey. Jones later admitted it was one of his biggest mistakes of his ownership.
Gailey went on to coach the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with moderate success as he would consistently lead them to bowl games and pull off stunning upsets yet lose to lesser teams and turn off Tech fans with his lack of outward emotion and passion. Gailey was considered too bland to take the Yellow Jackets to the Promised Land and was fired.
Next it was on to Kansas City in 2009 as new head coach Todd Haley hired Gailey as his offensive coordinator and fired him a month into training camp. Gailey looked to be done with football but then the Buffalo Bills job came up and when other candidates turned the Bills down thinking that it was a job with no chance at success Gailey accepted the challenge.
Gailey has expertly made the most of his talent as Fed Jackson has offered balance to the offense with 601 yards rushing and a 5.7 yards per carry average with 6 touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick works the short game to near perfection as the top 4 Buffalo receivers are all averaging around 11.5 yards per catch. With the combination of a strong running game and the west coast style of passing Buffalo is getting back into the sports betting black and covering for a weak defense that ranks 31st in the NFL.
With an upcoming two-game homestand against Washington and the New York Jets, Buffalo has a shot at a 6-2 start at the halfway point of the season.