What is your opinion of the Buffalo Bills at this point in the season?
The Buffalo Bills are in a very interesting position at this point in the season. Sometimes they look pretty terrible, other times they look decent. This is a team that I could see going 9-7, but I also could very easily see going 6-10. We still haven’t figured out exactly what they are.
What were the expectations for the Bills from the fans and media before the start of the season?
Going into the season the Bills were at least expected to compete for a playoff spot. Besides the losses to the Jets and Titans, the season has for the most part gone as planned when it comes to wins and losses. On the field the major discrepincy between expectations and actual play is the play of the defense, which was supposed to be much stronger this season with the additions of Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, and Stephon Gilmore. Although they have played a bit better in recent weeks (especially Mario, who underwent a wrist procedure) they are still far from where they were hoping to be.
C.J. Spiller is having an amazing year. what are your impressions of the impressive Buffalo running game?
Spiller has easily become the most electrifying member of this Bills team. He is the reason they will have success, and if he isn’t getting as many touches as he should the team normally loses. Fred Jackson will be back in this week after missing the Miami game with a concussion, but Chan Gailey has already named Spiller the starter. If he has momentum, C.J. is very hard to stop.
The New England Patriots barely beat the Bills in week 10, then beat down the Colts in week 11. The Bills seem to always play the Pats close, but have a tendency to fall a bit short. What do you attribute this to, and what could the Bills do to get over the hump?
The Bills took advantage of the Patriots defense in their last matchup in a way that the Colts weren’t able to. When it came down to it the Bills defense had a very difficult time stopping Tom Brady and the New England offense, giving up 37 points. The offensive unit has weapons that can take advantage of mediocre defenses.
What are you expecting from the Bills for the remainder of this season?
I’m expecting the Bills to at least win a few more games. Every game left on the schedule is somewhat winnable. I’d say that the Colts are arguably the hardest matchup. Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle, Miami, and the Jets are all teams that Buffalo could beat. I won’t say I’m betting they go 9-7 or better, but I wouldn’t be surprised by it.