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

 

Today’s denial by St Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo that they are pursuing Donovan McNabb shouldn’t do a thing to stop speculation that he’s leaving. After all, until he actually gets McNabb, the only smart thing to do is deny any rumors.

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If he gets McNabb, then great. But if he fails, then he’s just destroyed his relationship with his current QBs while getting nothing back.

McNabb’s been rumored to be heading to St Louis, Minnesota, Arizona, San Francisco, Buffalo, Washington and probably everywhere else but I can’t be bothered to keep researching.

St Louis seems to be the front-runner based on how often their name is mentioned in relation to McNabb, but I can’t see McNabb signing an extension there.

I think Minnesota is probably the best fit for both player and team although if Arizona can replace Boldin and Urban they’d also be a good fit.

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