After two seasons of losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs, the Buffalo Bills are looking to make another Super Bowl run. Their roster is one of the best in the NFL, and this offseason, they added to it, making them Super Bowl contenders once again.
Improvements: Receiving threats
The Bills’ roster was already one of the best in the NFL and are already AFC Championship contenders. The offense, led by quarterback Josh Allen is one of the most high-powered offenses, and it got better this offseason. After minimizing Cole Beasley’s role and letting him walk in free agency, the Bills replaced him with Jamison Crowder. The Bills’ option for starting slot receiver is stacked, as they also re-signed Isaiah McKenzie and drafted Khalil Shakir.
Wide receiver was not the only receiver upgrade for the Buffalo Bills as they signed tight end O.J. Howard, who was stashed on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ bench. He was drafted 19th overall as an offensive threat, hoping to revive his career in Buffalo.
Stayed the same: Secondary
Even though the Bills’ defense was highly rated throughout the season, the weakness was its secondary, which was displayed in the playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The secondary did suffer the loss of Tre’Davious White, one of the best corners in the NFL, in Week 11 to an ACL injury.
However, the elite safety pairing of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde will both be older than 31 in the 2022 season. Head coach Sean McDermott made comments about the playoff loss that the team needed to get faster, and the secondary is where that might need to happen.
The Bills drafted corner Kaiir Elam who can help out the Bills secondary with speed, but is still a raw talent.
Got worse: Lose of Brian Daboll
Former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is now the head coach of the New York Giants. He led the Bills’ offense for the last four seasons. Daboll played a crucial role in the development of Allen into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Brian Daboll: NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year 🏆
Buffalo Bills offense ranked 5th in EPA per play pic.twitter.com/NjEWWI6YEY
— PFF (@PFF) February 7, 2021
The foundation and roster have already been put together to find success after the departure of Daboll. However, not having his offensive mind as a play-caller may have an effect and may lead to a slow offensive start to the season.
The Bills roster had very few holes to fill, and outside of a proven speed corner, they all got filled. Von Miller signed a massive contract, which was not mentioned because he is 33-years old, and signing a five-year contract could be risky- for the Bills. The Bills, all in all, had a great offseason, but the question remains can this team reach the Super Bowl.
- Week 1: 9/8 at. Rams (Thursday), 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Week 2: 9/19 vs. Titans (Monday), 7:15 p.m., ESPN
- Week 3: 9/25, at Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 4: 10/2, at Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 5: 10/9 vs. Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 6: 10/16 at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m., CBS
- Week 7: BYE
- Week 8: 10/30 vs. Packers, 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Week 9: 11/6, at Jets 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 10: 11/13 vs. Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 11: 11/20 vs. Browns, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 12: 11/24 at Lions (Thanksgiving), 12:30 p.m., CBS
- Week 13: 12/1 at Patriots (Thursday), 8:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video
- Week 14: 12/11 vs. Jets, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 15: 12/17 or 18 vs. Dolphins, TBD, TBD
- Week 16: 12/24 at Bears (Saturday), 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 17: 1/2 at Bengals (Monday), 8:15 p.m., ESPN/ABC
- Week 18: 1/7 or 8 vs. Patriots, TBD, TBD