Buffalo Bills: 4 realistic expectations for the Bills in 2018

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The team wins at least 8 games

The Buffalo Bills haven’t posted back-to-back winning seasons since 1998-1999. In fact, the team hasn’t won 10 games since 1999 and has gone 9-7 three times, including last year.

It is easy to get the Bills fever after the return to the playoffs and wish for an 11-5 or a 10-6 season. But 8-8 is a fair wish and one that exceeds the expectations of a lot of analysts out there.

I think it is fair to predict an 8-8 record for any team. If you look at awful teams from year to year there are usually several games on the schedule that are decided late, or by a few points and a few mistakes. 4-12 could easily be 8-8, as could 12-4.

The good teams find a way to pull out these close games and it remains to be seen how great this version of the Bills can be. Quarterback play may be the game-changer and right now we don’t know who will be the starter. Even when a starter is named, we still have to see how he performs over the first month of the season.

8-8 should not be hard to achieve and there is no reason why such a prediction would be deemed to be bold in any sense.