1) Buffalo Bills
Rankings: Quarterback – 1st, Running Backs – 4th, Wide Receivers – 1st, Tight End – 1st, Offensive Line – 1st
Total Points – 8
If you expect the Buffalo Bills to stand on a mountain top and yell to the world that they are going to win the AFC East next season, well, keep dreaming. But now is the time for the Bills to step up and take charge in a new AFC East and make it known to the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Quarterback Josh Allen will be in his third year as leader of the offense, and each year he has taken great strides to improve his game and confidence. The Bills brass have helped him and armed him with the weapons needed to overtake New England as new division champs.
There wasn’t much action in the offseason when it came to offense. The biggest move was the trade for former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He brings speed and a toughness that was needed on the outside but he also makes this trio of receivers very dangerous. All of whom can stretch the field and utilize Josh Allen’s arm strength.
The team did lose Frank Gore this offseason but it was clear he was not a long term solution when he signed. He became a mentor for Devin Singletary and provide the veteran leadership that was missing in the locker room. So when he departed in free agency to the rival New York Jets, there seemed to be something missing.
In the NFL Draft, general manager Brandon Beane drafted a tough young running back out of Utah named Zack Moss. With his skills and tough running ability, he seems to be the perfect compliment to Singletary to provide a solid 1-2 punch. It’s the youth and lack of experience in the backfield that is a little concerning but very promising.
One thing that cannot be overlooked is how consistently healthy the Bills were last season at all positions on the roster, especially on the offensive line. If that trend can continue, that will go a long way in competing for a division title or a playoff spot. If the big guys up front can keep Josh Allen upright and open up lanes for the young running backs, defenses will have a tough time stopping this offensive attack.
The Bills have improved every season under head coach Sean McDermott and that continues with the addition of Stefon Diggs. New England is still going to be very good offensively and the Jets and Dolphins are coming around. But the Bills are better due to their position depth. That is what puts them in top spot on this list and in a prime position to be tops in a revamped AFC East.