The Buffalo Bills offense was difficult to watch in the 2009 NFL season. Newly acquired Fred Jackson was the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. Buffalo is in a great spot for the 2010 NFL season. Nothing is expected of them so they can build their team up quietly. Buffalo’s defense will also undergo a major change from the 4-3 defense to the more in vogue 3-4 defense.
Chan Gailey comes in as head coach of aBuffalo Bills team that fell to the basement in the 2009 NFL season but had some rays of hope from time to time. With Buffalo’s offense ranked 30th last season, Gailey was brought in for his great offensive mind and Gailey should be able to create a serviceable offense in Buffalo.
Running Back is the Most Competitive Position on Buffalo Bills
Fred Jackson will turn 30 during this NFL season and was an enormous asset to the Buffalo Bills when Marshawn Lynch missed three games. Jackson rushed for 1,062 yards but only four touchdowns in the 2009 NFL season for Buffalo but CJ Spiller, an exciting play maker out of Clemson, was still drafted in the first round.
Spiller is excitement personified. Spiller will be used as a returner but more importantly, Spiller will be used as a change of pace to Fred Turner’s more deliberate pace out of the backfield. Lynch will have to earn his way back in to the backfield with Spiller and Jackson. It could create an interesting three headed monster for Buffalo if Lynch can stay out of trouble.
Wide Receivers & Tight Ends in Wide Open Race to Become Starters for Buffalo
Lee Evans is a great wide out. If he were on any other team he would be on the cover of Madden. Evans performs above the level his Buffalo Bills teammates on a regular basis as he toils in obscurity in the snow and ice of Orchard Park.
Next in line it should be James Hardy. A hulking 6’5″ 220 pounds, Hardy is a physical presence but he needs to stay healthy. Injuries are the main reason he has not been productive and the injuries could explain his lack luster route running skills.
Steve Johnson is not much of a deep out route threat but he could be well suited coming just off the line in the slot. Johnson is a receiver that will have to be Trent Edwards man across the middle since the tight ends are nothing special on this team either. Shawn Nelson may be able to step up and take some balls on crossing routes to help Edwards in short yardage situations.
Defense Adjusting to a 3-4 Defense May Help Buffalo Bills Hide Weaknesses
New Buffalo Bills defensive coach, George Edwards is implementing a 3-4 defense and it may be the right decision for this defense. The defensive line was not Buffalo’s best asset, in fact the D line was their most glaring need.
Buffalo added depth and may add youth to the defensive line by utilizing their second and third round NFL Draft picks, Torrell Troup and Alex Carrington. Buffalo also added two linebackers Ed Wang and Arthur Moats who both may see some playing time.
Secondary is Buffalo Bills Strength
The Buffalo Bills corners are the main reason only four teams scored more than 30 points against Buffalo. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin were injured much of the year but their main back up Drayton Florence will be rotating in and out of the lineup this year to create a fresh look on the outside all game.
Safety Jarius Byrd stepped up in his rookie year and tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine. Byrd has that special talent to sniff out the ball and play the receiver’s and quarterback’s eyes to make instinctive plays. Byrd’s intangibles translate to the field by keeping quarterbacks second guessing themselves, especially late in the game.
Las Vegas Places Buffalo Bills Over/Under Win Total at 5.5 Wins
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the Buffalo Bills one of the longest shots on the board to win the Super Bowl at 100-1. The Hilton Superbook also made Buffalo’s over/under win total at 5.5 wins and Buffalo is 30-1 to win the AFC East division.
Las Vegas is usually right when it comes to long shots and it is not hard to see why the Buffalo Bills chances to make the Super Bowl are non existent. Buffalo will win some upset games in 2010 NFL season but they will probably only win five or six games. Upset special. Buffalo will beat New England in Foxboro this year.
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