The Buffalo Bills were a surprise playoff team last season, but aren’t projected to make a return to the postseason in a recent ESPN article.
Buffalo Bills fans are already well aware of the national perception of the team heading into the 2018 season.
Some analysts are going as far as saying the Bills will be among the worst teams in the NFL, while others are providing some sort of optimism.
A recent ESPN article went through and picked five potential new playoff teams in 2018, along with the team they could replace. The Bills were selected as a team that will be replaced. From the article:
"The Bills sent steady-but-unspectacular quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns as part of their maneuvering for Allen, leaving a void at the position in the short term. Whether Allen quickly takes the reins or the starting spot is held by AJ McCarron or Nathan Peterman this season, Buffalo’s offense will have to earn a label as anything more than bottom of the barrel in the league."
This should come as no surprise to Bills fans who have been keeping tabs on the news since Tyrod Taylor was traded away. That move is deemed to be a death sentence by many, even though the team invested the No. 7 overall pick in Josh Allen and signed AJ McCarron to hold down the fort in the meantime.
Then there is the surprising play of Nathan Peterman so far this offseason, although I’m not positive that he has what it takes to start Week 1. But I could always be way off on that.
Those who hold these opinions that the Bills will be awful won’t be swayed from their stance unless the team proves these predictions wrong on the field. If Allen wins the job he can get off to a fast start like Carson Wentz did and make his team a contender right away.
The same is true for McCarron, who could prove that he was meant to be a starter all along. There are also 21 other starters who have a say in how the team does this season. So much focus is on the quarterback position even after Taylor had an average season in 2017 and the team still broke the playoff drought.
This team doesn’t need any extra motivation but all this talk of the Bills being awful in 2018 has to get them riled up.