Key Additions: Cole Beasley, John Brown, Frank Gore, Spencer Long, Mitch Morse, Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith, Jon Feliciano, Andre Roberts, T.J. Yeldon, E.J. Gaines, Ty Nsekhe, Ed Oliver, Cody Ford
Key Returns: No player resigned with the Bills
Key Departures: Charles Clay, Chris Ivory, John Miller, Kyle Williams
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Jets (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Giants (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New England Patriots (CBS)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||@ Tennessee Titans (CBS)|
|Week 6||Bye Week|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||vs. Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 1:00 PM ET||@ Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Denver Broncos (CBS)|
|Week 13||Nov. 28th 4:30 PM ET||@ Dallas Cowboys (CBS)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Baltimore Ravens (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||@ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)|
|Week 16||TBA||@ New England Patriots|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New York Jets (CBS)|
Last year, the Buffalo Bills took a step back after their playoff appearance in 2017. They were a tale of two teams, offensively they were sluggish and nonexistent as they ranked30th in total offense and in scoring as well as 31st in passing. Quarterback Josh Allen certainly took his lumps in his rookie campaign, as he lead the team in rushing with 631 yards. Zay Jones and Robert Foster did provide bright spots and seemed to develop a solid rapport with Allen as they accounted for all 10 of Allen’s touchdown passes last season. To help McCoy, the Bills signed the ageless veteran, Frank Gore, signed T.J. Yeldon, and drafted Devin Singletary in the third round of this year’s draft. With McCoy, Gore, and Yeldon, I would expect Singletary to get some carries, but perhaps the most important thing for him is to learn.
Last year, Allen was sacked 28 times! The Bills needed something for their offensive line to help protect their young, franchise quarterback. So, in the second round of the draft, the Bills selected Cody Ford out of Oklahoma. The Bills also brought in free agents like Mitch Morse from Kansas City, and Jon Feliciano from Oakland. Buffalo will be trying a different strategy at wide receiver as they do not have a clear-cut number one at the position. Although, free agent signee Cole Beasley should help Allen out of the slot. Foster and new addition, John Brown. are a similar deep threat target for the Bills offense.
The defense for the Bills, however, ranked 26th in sacks and in a tied for 23rd in turnover differential, but managed to rank 2nd overall in team defense and first against the pass. Tremaine Edmunds returns to build on his 2018 team leading tackle total (121) in the middle of the defense. Although Kyle Williams retired, the team picked Ed Oliver to help fill the void. Oliver should be a solid bet to start opening day and will be joined on the line by Jerry Hughes, Star Lotulelei, and Trent Murphy. Although, I would expect 2016 first rounder Shaq Lawson to compete and give Murphy a battle for starter.
Will the various additions to the offensive line and the new weapons for Josh Allen take the next step and lead the Bills to a possible playoff birth or will they struggle? It will be tough to see how it places out as they have an interesting schedule that could go either way. With games against divisional foes and games against improved teams, like the Eagles and Titans it can get interesting. The road matchups could be the most troubling for the Bills as they play a much-improved Cleveland Browns, a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Cowboys, then against the Steelers. The schedule will be tough for the Bills, but they will be in contention for a playoff berth.