Denver Broncos 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – When you start 6-0, you had better make the playoffs. However, that’s a memo that the ’09 Denver Broncos never got. Denver became the first team in NFL history to have that epic of a collapse in a season. HC Josh McDaniels created a lot of waves in his first season as a head coach, and the young buck is going to have his work cut out for him this year to try to replace some of the pieces of the puzzle that have left town.

Key Addition – WR Demaryius Thomas – The biggest problem that Thomas is going to have this season is that he has never really had to play in a “real offense.” The gimmicky offense at Georgia Tech saw Thomas be used as nothing more than a deep threat, but he turned that ability into becoming a first round draft choice. The wide receivers in Denver are now incredibly thin, and Thomas at least gives QB Kyle Orton (or QB Tim Tebow) a chance at survival.

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Key Losses – WR Brandon Marshall and TE Tony Scheffler – Both Marshall and Scheffler were suspended by McDaniels at the end of the ’09 season in the do or die game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos lost that day, and both players were sent out of town relatively quickly. Still, that’s over 150 receptions and over 2,000 receiving yards that just left the Mile High City, and trying to replace those two will be virtually impossible.

2010 Will Be a Success if… - The team doesn’t fall apart at the seams. McDaniels realizes that even though this is only his second season as a head coach, he is on arguably the hottest seat in the league. He absolutely has to find a way to control his team and win some games, or it could be a very, very long season in the Rockies.

The Crucial Game – A Monday nighter in San Diego could prove to be the demise of this team once and for all. McDaniels will be under a tight microscope at that point, and the team will probably be well under .500. A bad loss at Qualcomm is a possibility, but a win could change the whole direction that the team is going in.

Predictions – It won’t happen, though. The Denver Broncos Super Bowl odds are a likely insurmountable +6500. The Denver Broncos just have way too many tough games to try to endure, especially without DE Elvis Dumervil for at least the majority of the season if not its duration. A stretch of games against Indy, Tennessee, Baltimore, and New York will be its undoing. This is a double digit loss team in 2010, which will probably find McDaniels on the unemployment lines by the end of January 2011.

2010 Denver Broncos Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ JAC
9/19 vs. SEA
9/26 vs. IND
10/3 @ TEN
10/10 @ BAL
10/17 vs. NYJ
10/24 vs. OAK
10/31 @ SF
Bye
11/14 vs. KC
11/22 @ SD
11/28 vs. STL
12/5 @ KC
12/12 @ ARI
12/19 @ OAK
12/26 vs. HOU
1/2 vs. SD

 

Tennessee Titans 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – After losing six games by a huge margin and really being a non-competitive team, the Tennessee Titans made a huge change in their philosophy by benching QB Kerry Collins and turning to QB Vince Young. Young led the team to wins in eight of its final ten games and nearly all the way back to the playoffs. With Young the undisputed starter for this year’s team, hopes are high in Tennessee.

Key Addition – DE Derrick Morgan – Morgan was a great value pick for the Titans at #15 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. He will add to a pass rush that was woeful at times over the course of the last season. Without DE Kyle Vanden Bosch coming off the corner, Morgan is going to expected to immediately step into training camp and into a starting role.

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Key Loss – DE Kyle Vanden Bosch – Vanden Bosch came over from the Arizona Cardinals in 2005, and he immediately became a hero for the Tennessee pass rush. He racked up a dozen sacks in two of the L/5 seasons and has accounted for 38.5 sacks in that time. Vanden Bosch is now playing with the Detroit Lions after leaving via free agency. Replacing him in the lineup is going to be difficult, but Morgan should be able to step in and at least somewhat fill the void.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Young just continues to win games. It usually isn’t all that pretty when Young is under center, as his completion percentage is relatively low for a starting quarterback, and his TD/INT ratio is never all that impressive. However, there seems to be a point in every game where VY looks invincible, whether it be with a fantastic run or a ball on a rope. If that magic that we all grew to love at the University of Texas doesn’t disappear, the Titans will be fine.

The Crucial Game – A Monday Night Football game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 18th will be key. The eyes of the entire NFL betting world will be on the Titans and Jags that night, and the winner of that game will probably have the inside track towards the postseason in the crowded AFC South.

Predictions – The Tennessee Titans aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this year, especially after watching RB Chris Johnson run for 2,006 yards last year. The schedule is difficult all season long, which could ultimately catch up with them. Tennessee is probably going to be a borderline playoff team once again, but for the second straight season, we don’t see this squad ultimately making the second season. The Titans season wins total is 8.5.

2010 Tennessee Titans Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. OAK
9/19 vs. PIT
9/26 @ NYG
10/3 vs. DEN
10/10 @ DAL
10/18 @ JAC
10/24 vs. PHI
10/31 @ SD
Bye
11/14 @ MIA
11/21 vs. WAS
11/28 @ HOU
12/5 vs. JAC
12/9 vs. IND
12/19 vs. HOU
12/26 @ KC
1/2 @ IND

 

Indianapolis Colts 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – After 14 wins to start the 2009 season, the Indianapolis Colts took their foot off the gas pedal. They lost both of their final two regular season contests, as they gave up their chance at the perfect season by playing a ton of reserves. It didn’t appear to hurt them during the playoffs either, as they came out of the blocks and played well in the AFC side of the postseason. However, losing Super Bowl XLIV was a painful defeat, as QB Peyton Manning was stopped for his quest for a second Lombardi Trophy.

Key Addition – LB Pat Angerer – Even though Angerer was the second round draft choice of the Colts this year, they were really set at defensive end, where they also added Jerry Hughes in the first round. Angerer, a product of Iowa, is a prototypical speedy Cover 2 linebacker. Indianapolis could probably use an upgrade at that position, which is why Angerer might find himself starting from Day 1 as an outside linebacker.

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Key Loss – DE Raheem Brock – The addition of Hughes in the draft really made Brock totally dispensable. However, he is the only major loss that this team has incurred from last year. Brock provided great depth off the end, racking up 3.5 sacks last year in eight starts. However, there was really no place for him, as he would’ve been the fourth defensive end option.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The Colts stay healthy and don’t beat themselves. There have been nothing but additions and very few subtractions for Indy, and as long as #18 stays upright and the rest of the team doesn’t incur a ton of losses, there is no reason for it not to return to the playoffs.

The Crucial Game – Any time the Colts and Patriots square off, it’s a big deal. On November 21st, the two juggernauts of the AFC will meet at Gillette Stadium. The good news for both teams is that this one tussle won’t be the difference between either one making the playoffs or not. However, the more crucial part of this game is that the winner of this game will hold the tiebreaker should the two end up with the same record. This could make the difference between the AFC Championship Game being played in New England and Indianapolis.

Predictions – Though the schedule is always brutal for the Indianapolis Colts, there is no reason not to win at least 10-11 games once again. Their NFL regular season wins total is 10.5. Peyton’s posse is just too strong to be dealt with on a regular basis, and though a few trips might come along the way, when the dust settles, this is going to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the NFL on a regular basis.

2010 Indianapolis Colts Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ HOU
9/19 vs. NYG
9/26 @ DEN
10/3 @ JAC
10/10 vs. KC
10/17 @ WAS
Bye
11/1 vs. HOU
11/7 @ PHI
11/14 vs. CIN
11/21 @ NE
11/28 vs. SD
12/5 vs. DAL
12/9 @ TEN
12/19 vs. JAC
12/26 @ OAK
1/2 vs. TEN

 

Jacksonville Jaguars 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – Once is a mistake. Twice is a trend. If there’s a third straight season below .500 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, there will be heads rolling on the ground. There are a ton of problems in the Jacksonville market as a whole, and if the team doesn’t start selling its games out on a regular basis, not only might this team be missing its head coach next year, but it might be in a whole new city.

Key Addition – LB Kirk Morrison – Morrison was exiled from Oakland after leading the Raiders in tackles last year, which suits the Jaguars just fine. Jacksonville has had a ton of problems trying to keep its front seven together in recent years, and the hope is that the addition of Morrison can bring a new leader to a defense that badly needs to find some solid options that aren’t in the secondary.

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Key Loss – WR Torry Holt – We knew that Holt was a temporary answer for the second receiver spot in Jacksonville when he came to town last year, but what we didn’t know is that there weren’t going to be any real options available to replace him once he left. Holt accounted for 51 catches and 722 yards last season. He has since moved on, but left to replace him is just second year make Mike Thomas and Troy Williamson.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – QB David Garrard proves that he is a starting quarterback in this league. We are beginning to doubt if Garrard, who has never thrown more than 18 TD passes in a season, is really capable of cutting it at this level. Yes, he has brought the Jags to the playoffs, but when you face the reality of the fact, Trent Dilfer did the same thing in Baltimore amongst many QBs with no talent to pull off similar stunts. Jacksonville needs to put together a strong passing game on a regular basis that produces points, not just yards, to be able to compete in arguably the toughest division in football.

The Crucial Game – The Jacksonville Jaguars have never had much luck playing at Reliant Stadium for whatever reason, but they are absolutely going to have to beat the Texans the last week of the regular season if they think they are making the playoffs. Odds have it, if Jacksonville is competing, these two teams are going to be separated by no more than a game in the standings at this point.

Predictions – Unfortunately for HC Jack Del Rio, we don’t think the games are going to mean much by then. We think Del Rio will be out the door by the time the Texans come up on the schedule the first time on November 14th. Even though this is a fourth place schedule, facing the AFC West, NFC East, and the others in the AFC South are just going to prove to be too much to take.

The NFL odds list the Jaguars season wins over/under as 7.5 games with most people taking the under which pays just -200.

2010 Jacksonville Jaguars Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. DEN
9/19 @ SD
9/26 vs. PHI
10/3 vs. IND
10/10 @ BUF
10/18 vs. TEN
10/24 @ KC
10/31 @ DAL
Bye
11/14 vs. HOU
11/21 vs. CLE
11/28 @ HYG
12/5 @ TEN
12/12 vs. OAK
12/19 @ IND
12/26 vs. WAS
1/2 @ HOU

 

Houston Texans 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – The 2009 campaign might have statistically been the best ever for the Houston Texans at 9-7, but that doesn’t mean that the season was viewed at as a success. This is still a franchise that has never made the playoffs, and though it came close last year, repeating the “close” process this season will get Gary Kubiak canned. It’s playoffs or bust in the Lone Star State.

Key Addition – RB Ben Tate – Tate is going to hopefully help out the worst red zone offense in the league from last year. The running back position has never been one that Houston has really ever had settled from one year to the next in its team’s history, and though Tate will be amongst a plethora of backs hoping to become the starter for Kubiak’s offense, eventually the hope is there that he will be able to be the #1 back for a long time for this team.

Houston Texans Cheerleader

Key Loss – DB Dunta Robinson – The other position that has always plagued this team is cornerback, and losing former first round draft pick Dunta Robinson won’t help that any. Robinson, a South Carolina product, became very disgruntled two years ago when GM Rick Smith wouldn’t give him a new contract. Now, he’ll be defending passes in Atlanta, while the Texans have to pick up the pieces to an already torn secondary.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The offense manages to get a bit of a balance. QB Matt Schaub became known as an elite passer after flirting with the 5,000 yard barrier last year and leading the game’s #1 rated passing attack. However, when push came to shove, a number of games were lost on the goal line. If just one of those three defeats (Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Arizona) goes the other direction, the Texans are in the playoffs last year. Consistency on the ground needs to be achieved, as ranking 30th in the NFL in rushing won’t cut it again.

The Crucial Game – Right off the bat, the Texans get to play host to the Indianapolis Colts, the big, bad wolves of the AFC South. Eventually, Houston has to figure out how to overcome QB Peyton Manning and the Colts if it ever hopes to win the division. Though winning at Lucas Oil Stadium isn’t a pre-requisite for making the playoffs, it’d be difficult to get swept by Indy and still have a winning record in the division.

Predictions – If Tate or another running back can step up and lead the charge for the Texans ground attack, they will be an incredibly dangerous team. This is a tough division and a tough conference overall to play in. Anything less than ten wins probably won’t get the job done for the playoffs, but there’s a realistic possibility that even 10-6 won’t get Houston in and the over/under on NFL regular season wins for the Texans is just 8.5. However, this is one of the better teams in the league as evidenced by their Super Bowl odds which sit at +1600. Like we said at the top, anything less than a postseason appearance will cost Kubiak his job.

2010 Houston Texans Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. IND
9/19 @ WAS
9/26 vs. DAL
10/3 @ OAK
10/10 vs. NYG
10/17 vs. KC
Bye
11/1 @ IND
11/7 vs. SD
11/14 @ JAC
11/21 @ NYJ
11/28 vs. TEN
12/2 @ PHI
12/13 vs. BAL
12/19 @ TEN
12/26 @ DEN
1/2 vs. JAC

 

Cleveland Browns 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – When GM Mike Holmgren took over the reins to the ship in Cleveland, things suddenly improved and improved drastically. From a team that was 1-11, the Browns rolled off four straight wins to end the season and enter this year with the longest winning streak in the game (tied with the Houston Texans). As a result, HC Eric Mangini kept his job, but there were other sweeping changes made in the offseason.

Key Addition – QB Jake Delhomme – Someone badly needed to take over as the starting quarterback for this team, and though Delhomme isn’t the long term answer, he has the potential to at least keep the ship afloat for awhile until a permanent replacement can be groomed. This also represents a second chance for the former Carolina Panther, as he was exiled from town for poor performances over the last few seasons.

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Key Loss – LB Kamerion Wimbley – Wimbley thought he earned a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ by getting out of Cleveland, but ultimately, he was only sent to Oakland. However, the Browns are losing one of their top tacklers from last season, as Wimbley picked up 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks on a team that had very little talent at the position to start off with. He’ll be sorely missed, but Holmgren knew that he had to try to implode this defense and start over.

2010 Will Be a Success if... – Some excitement returns to the Dawg Pound. For years, Cleveland fans have been dying for a winner. They know that this won’t be the year that the Browns are going to return to the playoffs, but a seven win campaign isn’t out of the question. Delhomme isn’t a flashy quarterback, but options like RB Jerome Harrison and WR Joshua Cribbs are.

The Crucial Game – The October 3rd game at home against Cincinnati might be a big, big game for the psyche of this team. Starting at 2-0 seems like a relative realistic prospect with the first two games coming against Tampa Bay and Kansas City, and a win at home against the Bengals could set the stage for some excitement into the winter. The Browns had better enjoy that game, as the next five after that are all almost certainly losses against Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New England, and New York.

Predictions – Cleveland is well on its way, but it just isn’t quite there yet. They are +850 in AFC North odds and +8500 in Super Bowl odds. There will probably be a bit of a quarterback rotation this season, especially if Delhomme falters early on, but there are certainly enough chances here to win enough games for Mangini to keep his job yet again. The Cleveland Browns have plenty to look forward to with Holmgren as their GM.

2010 Cleveland Browns Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ TB
9/19 vs. KC
9/26 @ BAL
10/3 vs. CIN
10/10 vs. ATL
10/17 @ PIT
10/24 @ NO
Bye
11/7 vs. NE
11/14 vs. NYJ
11/21 @ JAC
11/28 vs. CAR
12/5 @ MIA
12/12 @ BUF
12/19 @ CIN
12/26 vs. BAL
1/2 vs. PIT

 

Cincinnati Bengals 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – The Cincinnati Bengals were the real prized team in the 2009 NFL betting campaign, as they came out of nowhere to win the AFC North, a division in which they were supposed to finish in third place. There isn’t much more expected out of Cincinnati this year, especially considering the fact that QB Carson Palmer still doesn’t feel like he is up to stuff after a dismal 2009 season.

Key Additions – WR Terrell Owens, WR Antonio Bryant, and TE Jermaine Gresham – As we already stated, Palmer wasn’t at his best last year, throwing for just over 3,000 yards. Adding three key pieces to the puzzle are going to be huge for Palmer and the Bengals, even though it is going to be hard to see Owens, Bryant, and WR Chad Ochocinco all happy with the quantity of passes heading their way. Gresham, the team’s first round draft choice out of Oklahoma, is going to be the best pass catching tight end the team has had in decades.

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Key Loss – A 1st Place Schedule – Last year, the Bengals got to play a third place schedule and caught a bunch of teams napping. This season, things are going to be significantly different. No one is taking this team lightly, and having to play the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and San Diego Chargers instead of some of the lesser teams in the conference could be a swing of three games if everything else remains status quo.

2010 Will Be a Success if... – The defense plays out of its mind once again. Many don’t realize that the Bengals had the fourth ranked ‘D’ in the league last year under DC Mike Zimmer. This isn’t a unit that is full of names, but the 11 guys on the field in red and black really came together last season to make Cincinnati look fantastic.

The Crucial Game – Facing Baltimore at home in Week 2 is going to be critical. There is a legitimate chance for this team to start off 0-4 if this game is a defeat. Assuming that the Bengals lose at New England in Week 1, there is going to be a lot of pressure to avoid the 0-2 start. Parlay that with the fact that this is the home opener against the favorite to win the division, and the recipe is ripe for a must-win game.

Predictions – With this schedule, the Cincinnati Bengals just don’t stand a chance this year. The Bengals are +305 in odds to win the AFC North. Teams like Baltimore (-145) and Pittsburgh (+225) are just going to be too tough now that the Bengals aren’t playing the role of spoiler on a weekly basis, and with the oddsmakers still reliant on what they saw last year, this is going to be a tough team to bet on at the outset of the year as well.

2010 Cincinnati Bengals Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ NE
9/19 vs. BAL
9/26 @ CAR
10/3 @ CLE
10/10 vs. TB
Bye
10/24 @ ATL
10/31 vs. MIA
11/8 vs. PIT
11/14 @ IND
11/21 vs. BUF
11/25 @ NYJ
12/5 vs. NO
12/12 @ PIT
12/19 vs. CLE
12/26 vs. SD
1/2 @ BAL

 

A Look Back – Once again, the Baltimore Ravens proved that they are one of the elite franchises in the NFL last season by making yet another trip to the playoffs. However, the illustrious Super Bowl has still evaded this team for years, and that’s the only goal in mind for the purple and black in 2010 with plenty of new pieces to the puzzle that could make this the scariest team in the league.

Key Addition – WR Anquan Boldin – Finally, the Ravens have a #2 wide receiver to complement Derrick Mason! Baltimore made it a point to go find another huge name to stick opposite one of the best receivers this franchise has ever had by acquiring WR Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason. There are two great things about Boldin that QB Joe Flacco will love. First of all, he is seemingly good for 65+ receptions and 1,000+ yards every single season. The second is that you know he doesn’t have a huge ego having played second fiddle to WR Larry Fitzgerald for years in the desert.

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Key Loss – DB Dominique Foxworth – Foxworth is still a Raven, but his ACL tear suffered last week will cost him his 2010 season. The secondary is probably the only piece to this defense that is thin, and losing the team’s top INT man from a year ago isn’t going to help matters at all. Unless either S Dawan Landry or Tom Zbikowski is shifting to corner, there could be a huge gap in the Baltimore ‘D’.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The front seven stays healthy and continues to harass opposing quarterbacks. That’s certainly one way to make your secondary look great. Though LB Ray Lewis is clearly up there in age at this point in his career, there is no doubting the fact that he is still one of the best in the biz. Add a new protégé in the mix in the form of LB Sergio Kindle and the recipe is ripe for Baltimore to be lethal for a number of years.

The Crucial Game – The trip to Pittsburgh in Week 4 could effectively put the division away for the Ravens early on. The Steelers appear to be the only team between Baltimore and an AFC North title this year, and a win in Steeltown without QB Ben Roethlisberger in the fold due to suspension would be massive.

Predictions – Baltimore’s only glaring problem on the entire roster is that secondary. The offense could put up 6,500 yards this year if it really needs to, and the defense will still be feared. Anything less than a dozen wins and an AFC North title would be devastating this season. The oddsmakers have them at -140 in AFC North odds and +900 to win the Super Bowl.

2010 Baltimore Ravens Regular Season Schedule

9/13 @ NYJ
9/19 @ CIN
9/26 vs. CLE
10/3 @ PIT
10/10 vs. DEN
10/17 @ NE
10/24 vs. BUF
Bye
11/7 vs. MIA
11/11 @ ATL
11/21 @ CAR
11/28 vs. TB
12/5 vs. PIT
12/13 @ HOU
12/19 vs. NO
12/26 @ CLE
1/2 vs. CIN

 

A Look Back – Losing SS Troy Polamalu for a good chunk of the 2009 season really destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. However, the offense had very little excuse not to perform at the highest level. A five game losing streak, including defeats to both Cleveland, Kansas City, and Oakland ended any chances of making the playoffs. The black and gold have plenty of work to do to improve this year.

Key Addition – OL Maurkice Pouncey – It was fairly clear that the Steelers badly needed some offensive line help, especially after OT Willie Colon was lost for the season before training camp. Pouncey was the most versatile option on the board when Pittsburgh’s name came on the board, and he was the clear selection to make. He should fit well right in the middle of the OL either at guard or center.

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Key Loss – WR Santonio Holmes – Holmes quickly became the top target for QB Ben Roethlisberger to throw to last year when he accounted for 79 catches, 1,248 yards, and five TDs. However, all of that went up in smoke for the former Ohio State Buckeye in the offseason when he ran into some off the field problems. The Steelers were determined to get rid of their team cancer and essentially sent him to the New York Jets for a song and a dance. Holmes probably wasn’t getting another contract after this season anyway, but at least for 2010, the QBs for the Steelers are going to have their work cut out for them.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The Steelers hold it together while Roethlisberger serves his suspension. Big Ben would be lucky to only serve a four game suspension, but six is possible. There is a big question about who will replace him, but regardless of who does, they must hold this team together. Facing Atlanta and Baltimore before the bye week won’t be easy, and a 1-3 record is a real possibility right out of the chute.

The Crucial Game – The home date with the Ravens on October 3rd is a game that cannot be lost if the Steelers hope to win this division. By that point, whomever is playing quarterback will have had three games under his belt, and though Baltimore probably has a superior team, winning at Heinz Field is a task that not many teams are capable of pulling off.

Predictions – The Pittsburgh Steelers could sneak into the back end of the playoffs because its schedule is very manageable, especially after the bye week. Still, Roethlisberger needs to come back with guns blazing in the second half of the season, and the defense is going to have to perform a lot better than it did last season when it ranked 13th in the NFL in scoring allowing 20.2 PPG. The Steelers Super Bowl odds are +2200 which is indicative of a team with an outside shot of winning it all.

2010 Pittsburgh Steelers Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. ATL
9/19 @ TEN
9/26 @ TB
10/3 vs. BAL
Bye
10/17 vs. CLE
10/24 @ MIA
10/31 @ NO
11/8 @ CIN
11/14 vs. NE
11/21 vs. OAK
11/28 @ BUF
12/5 @ BAL
12/12 vs. CIN
12/19 vs. NYJ
12/23 vs. CAR
1/2 @ CLE

 

Buffalo Bills 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – Things for the Buffalo Bills didn’t go according to plan in the 2009 NFL betting campaign. They finished just 6-10 on the year and dismissed HC Dick Jauron after another last place finish in the AFC East. Unfortunately, they were fighting an uphill battle all season long, especially with the resurgence of the New York Jets.

Key Addition – RB CJ Spiller – Buffalo badly needed to find an offensive player capable of making huge plays. Instead of drafting a quarterback, the Bills elected to go with that game breaker by taking Spiller out of Clemson. The Tigers will tell you that Spiller can do a little bit of everything, and even though both RBs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson are capable runners, neither can really blow up for 70 yards every time they touch the football.

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Key Loss – WR Terrell Owens – TO never really brought his highest potential to Buffalo, but he was still the team’s leading receiver at 829 yards last season. Though WR Lee Evans should improve on his 2009 numbers, he doesn’t really have a great option to line up across from him. Owens will surely be missed.

2010 Will Be a Success if... – A quarterback finds a way to step up. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for just 1,422 yards in eight starts, while QB Trent Edwards threw for 1,169 in seven starts. Could QB Brian Brohm get some nods as well? If so, new HC Chan Gailey could be in for a short stop in Buffalo in his coaching career. Buffalo ranked 30th in the NFL both in total yards and passing yards, and if there isn’t a level of continuity at the quarterback position, things probably won’t improve.

The Crucial Game – Facing off with the Dolphins in Week 1 might be the best chance to take a game in division this year. The prospects are really there to go 0-6 in the AFC East, and if that’s the case, there really isn’t much hope for better than a four or five win campaign.

Predictions – Buffalo is in a boatload of trouble in 2010. Right off the bat, if it loses that first game of the year, it is going to almost certainly be 0-3. The only potentially winnable games are at home against Jacksonville, at Kansas City, home against Chicago, home against Detroit, and home against Cleveland. Every other game would be considered an upset, and that isn’t going to guarantee victories in all of those previously listed games. The over/under on NFL regular season wins is just 5.5 games. Gailey has been a failure in nearly every stop in his coaching career, and the puzzling decision by Buffalo to bring him in is probably going to be punished with one of the worst records in the NFL.

2010 Buffalo Bills Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. MIA
9/19 @ GB
9/26 @ NE
10/3 vs. NYJ
10/10 vs. JAC
Bye
10/24 @ BAL
10/31 @ KC
11/7 vs. CHI
11/14 vs. DET
11/21 @ CIN
11/28 vs. PIT
12/5 @ MIN
12/12 vs. CLE
12/19 @ MIA
12/26 vs. NE
1/2 @ NYJ

 

 

 
 
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