PFF makes a ridiculous reason why Buffalo Bills won't make playoffs in 2024

It looks like someone was not paying attention to the Buffalo Bills down the stretch in 2024.
AFC Divisional Playoffs - Kansas City Chiefs v Buffalo Bills
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We all know that the Buffalo Bills are going to look like a different team in 2024…or will they? Sure, they have different names on the roster and Josh Allen will not have the same receiving core that he has had since the 2020 season.

However, the second half of last season should have been a preview as to what the Bills’ offense could be in 2024 and beyond. After a 5-5 start, the Bills fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey and turned to Joe Brady for play-calling duties. Under Brady, the Bills offense took a step forward and remained consistent ultimately helping the Bills finish 6-1 down the stretch to clinch the AFC East.

Since then, the Bills let Gabe Davis walk in free agency and traded away Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans. They have signed wideouts Curtis Samuel, Mack Hollins, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Chase Claypool. In the NFL Draft, Brandon Beane drafted wide receiver Keon Coleman to revamp their wideout room. While there have been some changes, there is no doubt that the Bills are still at least competing for the AFC East. At the same, not everyone has the same thoughts about the Bills.

Gordon McGuinness from Pro Football Focus published an article on one reason why each AFC team will not make the playoffs next season. McGuinness said that when it came to Bills, the reason why they will not make the playoffs is because they need to show that they can play high level football without the presence of Stefon Diggs.

This could not be more wrong for the Buffalo Bills.

In the first six weeks of last season, Diggs was playing as a top receiver with five games of over 100+ receiving yards as well as five touchdowns. Then the offense went into a little bit of a slump from Week 7-Week 10 which caused the termination decision for Ken Dorsey. When Joe Brady was named as the interim offensive coordinator, there was a new type of offense in Buffalo that got multiple players involved in the game plan. When it came to Diggs’ production, it dropped big time. He would only have two games of double-digit targets but he never had more than 87 receiving yards in a game in the second half of the season. 

The Bills proved that they didn’t need Diggs to win down the stretch because they established a running game with James Cook and Ty Johnson, as well as got guys like Khalil Shakir and Dalton Kincaid more involved in the offense. It would have been a different story if Diggs played like the true number one receiver he was at the beginning of the season, but Buffalo showed that they did not need Diggs in big moments.

While Buffalo will have doubters going into the season, saying that they won’t make the playoffs because Diggs is not on the roster is a completely ridiculous reason.