Buffalo Bills / AFC East Record Predictions: Post-Draft

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Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) acknowledges the fans as he walks off the field after their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Buffalo Bills beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, the Bleacher Report came out with a record prediction for not only the Buffalo Bills but for the entire league.  This year was no different. Lets look to see where they put the Bills and the rest of the AFC East and if I agree or disagree.  I looked back at their report from last year as well as our writer that covered the prediction.  The Bleacher Report predicted the Bills would finish at the bottom of the AFC with a 2-14 record.  Yup, a 2-14 record.  They did win 4 more games and finished 6-10.  If you want to check out last years record prediction you can.

The Key Free Agent Acquisitions were left at just Brandon Spikes.  Although the Key Departures were Stevie Johnson, Jairus Byrd and Alex Carrington.  Key Rookie Signings were Sammy Watkins, Cyrus Kouandjio, Seantrel Henderson, Cyril Richardson, Ross Cockrell, and Preston Brown.  Ryan Riddle, the Bleacher Report article author projects the Bills to finish with a 7-9 record.

Here is what he had to say on his prediction.

Buffalo continues to make strides in its effort to become a more competitive team overall. Sammy Watkins will provide this offense with the explosive playmaking it’s lacked over the past few years.

E.J. Manuel is one year removed from his shaky rookie campaign and will look to stay healthy while establishing himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.

Eventually, Manuel will guide these Bills to the playoffs, but for now the drought continues.

My rebuttal.

I would consider Keith Rivers, Corey Graham, and Mike Williams all key free agents signings especially with Steve Johnson being traded. I also like the depth additions of Byrce Brown and Anthony Dixon to the running back spot, especially with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on their last years of their contracts.  Hind sight being 20/20 shows the Bills had a play for Stevie.  Key departures definitely included Jairus Byrd, I think that Watkins and Williams lessened the hit with Stevie being traded and I don’t know if I would consider Carrington a Key departure for the simple fact that he was injured all of last year, although he did have a very high upside out of training camp, the entire season is unknown.

I think with the rookies of Watkins and Kouandjio the Bills offense is night and day better.

EJ Manuel didn’t have a shaky season but more of a injury influenced season.  With the addition of a QB coach and a year under his belt, I expect to see a lot out of EJ.  I think that they make a run at the playoffs this year but I will agree with Mr. Riddle that the drought continues but they finish 9-7.

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  • theman

    The Pats will definitely win the division, no doubt in my mind. No one in the division can come close to competing with them. That said I agree it won’t be 14 and 2. I think more like 12 and 4 or maybe even as low as 11 and 5.
    The Dolphins look like a .500 team and should finish around 8 and 8, with a ton of luck maybe 9 and 7.. Not much new in Miami. They’re still trying to get over the fiasco on their offensive line.
    Then it’s Bills in third place at 6 and 10 or maybe with a little luck 7 and 9. Yes, another 6 and 10 season, what else is new? Nothing ever changes in Buffalo except the weather. The Bills have improved through the draft but so has everyone else. Same problems, NO QUARATERBACK and an average offensive line. Unless TWO rookie offensive lineman can step right in and play it will still be a problem. (Left Guard and Right Tackle). The defense will regress with the loss of Pettine. It was his innovative schemes that made the “D” look better than it actually was.
    Then there are the Jets who are so inconsistent. They either play above their heads or stink up the stadium. I think without a decent quarterback they will finish dead LAST. They did add great talent through free agency but without a signal caller it will only be a slight improvement. If Q.B, Smith all of sudden finds himself and plays like he did in college all bets are off. Other wise I see them winning 5 or 6 games.

  • NWBill

    I agree with the 9-7 mark, but I think with a couple of breaks, this team could find itself battling the Pats for the division down to the end of the season. I don’t think New England made enough improvements this offseason to position themselves as having not lost any ground on Buffalo; especially with their CBs. The key this year will be the Jets; with all of their changes, they could either bury Buffalo at the bottom of the division again, or be dysfunctional enough to end up at the bottom with the questionable Dolphins. Right now, the Bills are the up-and-coming team in the AFC East; their record over the past few years hasn’t shown it, but the talent upgrade is positioning them to be New England’s successors, as age catches up to Tom Brady. The BIG differences for Buffalo this coming season will be two things – the EJ/Watkins combo, and the vastly improved OL and running game …which will open up the offense in ways we haven’t seen in years. This will be a VERY dangerous team in the league, and Doug Marrone is creating a “no one wants to play them” kind of team that just needs good things to happen in order for them to return to the playoffs and surprise a lot of people. Look for them to knock off someone unexpected at some point this coming season ….Buffalo now has WAY too much overall talent for it to be otherwise.