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Buffalo Bills Betting – Buffalo Bills Destined For Another Year In AFC East Basement

Posted by Stan Simmons on 8/2/2011 11:27:08 AM
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The loss to the New York Jets in Week 17 capped another lousy season for the Bills, who were trying to win their regular-season finale in consecutive years for the first time since 1998-2000. Buffalo missed the playoffs for the 11th straight year, tied with Detroit for the NFL's longest active drought.

Buffalo also closed the season by scoring 17 points or fewer in six straight games; adding insult to injury, Buffalo has lost 15 of its last 18 divisional games overall. It’s clear that even MLB baseball betting gurus would pick against Buffalo despite not knowing much of anything about football.

For another season, the Bills are plainly in a transition period. Head coach Chan Gailey has been able to squeeze a lot of offensive production out of a team that seems to have little talent. That probably starts and finishes with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played as well as you could expect last season given the weapons he had around him. Stevie Johnson emerged as a downfield threat for Buffalo and Fred Jackson served as a useful running back. Despite their deficiencies at tackle, the Bills’ interior line played above its expectations; the line was headlined by center Eric Wood and guard Andy Levitre.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kyle Williams is among the best defensive linemen in the league, but like most Buffalo players, he doesn’t get that much attention because the team is so bad. The Bills also have a solid depth at cornerback with Terrence McGhee and Leodis McKelvin.

As for question marks entering the 2011, where do sports betting analysts begin?

Let’s start on the defensive side of the ball, where the Bills could hardly decide whether to play a 3-4 or 4-3. To help Kyle Williams up front, the cursed Bills used their draft pick – third overall – on Marcell Dareus from Alabama.

Buffalo still needs defensive lineman Torell Troupe to reach his potential and possibly move to nose tackle so that Williams and Dareus can play on the ends. Buffalo inked Shawn Merriman, rolling the dice on a player that has not been dominant in years. Also, the addition of linebacker Nick Barnett will be crucial to the Bills’ cause.

For the offense, the biggest concern is at offensive tackle. The front office seems to not realize what the rest of the football world does: Tackle is the most important position in the sport. When the Bills do get a good tackle, they are almost always appear on the defensive line, not the offensive line.

Also, Buffalo, needs to get more production out of C.J. Spiller. The Bills drafted Spiller very high in last year’s draft and they are looking for a break out year from the explosive running back in his second campaign as a professional.

Stop if you have heard this before, but the Bills have a lot of work to do in order to compete in the tough AFC East. Unless they can land a lot of big-time free agents, which hasn’t been the case so far, the Bills are destined for another year in the basement of the AFC East which is a place they know all too well. Any sports bet that puts Buffalo above the Miami Dolphins is plainly foolish.


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