In the offseason, we did a series of posts on whether each unit on the Bills would be better in 2016 than they were in 2015. Now’s let sum up those points and examine the team as a whole.
While we’ll look at the team holistically, let’s start by summarizing our previous opinions by offense, defense, and special teams before ultimately coming to our conclusion.
First, we will start off with the offense. Below is a quick summary of how we guessed each offensive unit would do in 2016 compared to 2015.
We predicted four of the six positions to be better heading into 2016. The Buffalo Bills should once again put up one of top rushing attacks in the league. They were the top rushing attack in the league last year and any improvement on those numbers would be a scary thought for Bills opponents.
Tyrod Taylor will do better in his second season as a starter after a full training camp of working with the first team. He has taken on a leadership role and commands the respect of not only the offensive but the defensive players as well. His passing over the middle should improve this year which is one of the reasons why the tight ends were expected to do better this year.
While the offensive line may regress since Seantrel Henderson is out of the lineup, they will still be able to run at will to the left side of the field behind Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn. The wide receivers might not be as talented as in 2015 but they could put up better stats with Taylor feeling more confident in his throwing capabilities this season.
For all these reasons the Buffalo Bills offense will be better than last season by a decent margin in my opinion. Next, let’s take a look at the defense.