Tips On Betting On Buffalo Bills – Bills Should be Significantly Improved for 2012
Head Coach: Chan Gailey
Offensive Coordinator: Curtis Modkins
Defensive Coordinator: Dave Wannstedt
Owner: Ralph Wilson
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Field
Super Bowl Wins: None
The sports betting experts haven't given the Buffalo Bills a second thought in over a decade. The Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999 and have shown no signs of getting to that level any time soon. But in recent seasons, the Bills have shown that they may be serious about finally making a playoff run. For years, the team has made some of the worst choices in starting quarterbacks that the league has seen. Rob Johnson, J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards are just some of the lost names in the Bills quarterback roster. The team has not been able to find a starting quarterback since Jim Kelly retired in 1996. But that may have changed.
To many people in the Bills' organization, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reminds them a little of Jim Kelly. Fitzpatrick has that gun-slinger attitude that often gets him into trouble. But he is also not afraid to throw the ball when he sees an opening. The thing Fitzpatrick lacks is Kelly's arm strength and a top-flight wide receiving corps. Aside from Stevie Johnson, Fitzpatrick does not have much to throw to. Even Johnson has limitations as he has developed a reputation for dropping critical catches on a regular basis.
At running back, the Bills have one of the best in the business with Fred Jackson. But after Jackson, the talent falls off on the depth chart. C.J. Spiller has yet to show that he belongs in the NFL and Tashard Choice is a third-string runner at best. The lack of a consistent offensive line is also hurting the Bills' running game. There is still a lot of work to do on the Buffalo offense.
The online sportsbook observers went crazy when the Buffalo Bills signed former Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams to a $100 million contract. But rational football enthusiasts pointed out that Williams is just one player on what was a very bad defense. Then the Bills signed defensive lineman Mark Anderson from the New England Patriots and drafted cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the draft. When these parts are put in place with what the Bills already have, then the defense starts to look much better.
Williams is one of the better free agent signings the Bills have made in a while and Gilmore should work out to be one of the better draft picks. But this defense has not played a single game together yet, and it will take time to get everyone used to each other. The player moves were definitely upgrades, but only time will tell if the moves were enough.
Place kicker Rian Lindell and punter Brian Moorman are such fixtures in Buffalo that it has been years since there has been any real competition in training camp. Once again, the betting websites fully expect Lindell and Moorman to be the kicking tandem when the regular season begins. It is the one part of the game that the Bills have excelled in for a long time.
Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven is known for his aggressive schemes and the Bills usually field a strong special teams unit. With players like Gilmore available for special teams work and a long list of aggressive players that want to make the team, the Bills should be able to field a good special teams squad again this year.
Expectations are high in Buffalo because of the signing of Mario Williams. But when you really break it down, Williams is only the beginning of the changes that need to happen in Buffalo. The team is on the right track, but it has a little ways to go before it can be a playoff contender. Look for the Bills to have an 8-8 season but finish with a lot of promise.
Week 1 – at New York Jets (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Cleveland Browns (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4 – vs. New England Patriots (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5 – at San Francisco 49ers (4:15 PM ET)
Week 6 – at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 PM ET)
Week 7 – vs. Tennessee Titans (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – at Houston Texans (1:00 PM ET)
Week 10 – at New England Patriots (1:00 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. Miami Dolphins (Thursday 8:20 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Indianapolis Colts (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15 – vs. Seattle Seahawks (Toronto, 4:05 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Miami Dolphins (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. New York Jets (1:00 PM ET)