Dec 24, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Denver Broncos in the 4th quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeated the Broncos 40-14. Mandatory Credit: Luc Leclerc-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN's John Clayton Projects the Bills to Finish 9-7 in 2012

The wave of talking heads over at ESPN can get a little exhausting at times, but there’s a few guys at the “Worldwide Leader” whose opinions I usually value. One of those guys is NFL writer John Clayton, who is one of the few actual journalists in today’s “look at me” world of sports news. Clayton does some great reporting each ear, and when he gives his opinion it’s coming from a logical place.

Recently, Clayton unveiled his official predictions for the 2012 NFL season, giving his best guess for each team’s record. And where does he put our beloved Buffalo Bills?

In the playoffs, believe it or not, sneaking in at 9-7.

ESPN’s AFC East blogger James Walker agreed with Clayton, saying: “I agree with Clayton that nine is a good number for Buffalo. This is a good year for someone to surprise and make a move in the AFC East. The Patriots will be a juggernaut. But second place is wide open, and Buffalo has as good a chance as anyone.”

After a 2011 offseason that saw ESPN going out of its way to bash the Bills and seemingly every player on the roster (sadly that included Clayton), it’s nice to see the Bills getting a little mainstream love.


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