There are no promises in football and injuries play such a vital role in the success or failure of a team. No team can withstand a large scale injury report. The Buffalo Bills, maybe more than any other team, need to stay healthy to have any chance at success this season.
Let me first define success for this team: Making the playoffs. I think anything less than a wildcard spot is failure this season. For this to happen, three things must have the alignment of the stars.
- EJ Manuel must not be injured. I think the draft showed us that the Doug and Doug know this to be the case too. They drafted three offensive linemen to make sure this doesn’t happen. This is quite an investment. In addition the Sammy Watkins deal was made to help the receivers get open—stretch the field if you will. If Manuel misses an extended period of time, I have no confidence in Thad Lewis to make this a successful season.
- Someone has to step up and take control opposite Aaron Williams. The safety position was vacated by Jairus Byrd and is a huge hole in the defense. Doug Marrone has declared it an open competition. Who will step up to the plate and can he remotely fill the void left by Byrd? We should know the answer to this question by halftime of the Bears game.
- The Bills MUST enter the month of December with 9 wins. The December schedule is absolutely brutal. They travel to Denver, Oakland and New England with a home game against Green Bay sprinkled in. There is hope in beating Oakland and in that New England might not have much to play for in the final game of the season. The Bills must be ready to win from day one.
What say you Buffalo?