Buffalo Bills 2019 Season Preview

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Buffalo Bills 2019 Season Preview

By Manraj Deol

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Buffalo Bills are building something special. The tandem of head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brendon Beane have constructed a young and upcoming team. For years, the club was missing a franchise quarterback. Does Josh Allen finally put those worries away? Can the offense go to the next level needed? Does rookie running back Devin Singletary take reps away from the veteran running backs? Who will start at tight end? Two years ago (201), the team ended what was the longest playoff drought in the NFL. This year, the Bills look to do the same.

Offense: The biggest question here is how will quarterback Josh Allen will do in his second year in the league? One of the most troublesome stat was his completion percentage as a rookie (52.8), the lowest of any starter in the NFL. He needs to improve on that mightily if the Bills are to compete for a playoff spot. The one thing that was discovered last year was that Allen is a phenomenal running quarterback and is able to elude defenders. This offseason, the team spent some money on the offensive line and wide receivers to prevent him from running for his life. They brought in free agent center Mitch Morse and wide receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown, just a small sampling of Brandon Beane’s free-agent haul in 2019.

Defense: The defense was ranked second in the NFL last year in total yards allowed. And this offseason, they shored up their front by drafting powerhouse defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He will provide the pressure through the middle that will let the likes of Jerry Hughes, Lorenzo Alexander and Trent Murphy get after quarterbacks. The linebacking tandem of Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano might be unsung, but this will be the year the NFL will get to know them better. They are fast, good tacklers, and most of all play-makers. Speaking of takeaways, don’t forget an underrated secondary with the likes of safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, as well as cornerback Tre’Davious White. Overall this defense should be in the Top 5 in the NFL this year as well.

Special Teams: Stephen Hauschka has been a really good kicker throughout his career, but the last two years he has not been “Money.” They really need him to be more consistent. The real improvement this year was bringing Pro Bowl return man Andre Roberts into the fold. He could really aid the club’s struggles on kickoffs and punts, resulting in better field position of the Bills’ offense.

Prediction: It’s hard to predict what the Bills can do. The majority of the teams in the AFC East and the rest of the AFC have vastly improved has well. It will come down to Josh Allen and his progression as a quarterback this year. If he improves his accuracy and completion percentages to league averages then the Bills have a shot at competing for a wild card spot. This year will see them miss the playoffs by one game. But the progress they make this year will help get them to the “Big Game” down the road.

Win-Loss Record: 8-8 (2nd Place, AFC East)

Manraj Deol (@themightydeol) writes for EntertheNFL.com and Buffalo Fanatics. Find him on Instagram and Facebook as well.

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