NFL Update: The Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule and Status Report post 2014 NFL Draft
Have the Buffalo Bills improved enough to contend for the Playoffs?
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Current Odds T0 Win the 2015 Super Bowl: 80-1 See the Latest Odds
2013 Season Recap: The Bills finished 6-10 which all adds up to last place in the AFC East and while they went .500 at home it was their 2-6 record on the road that was their undoing. E.J. Manuel was a hotly debated draft pick but really when he was healthy he wasn’t all that bad despite the team finishing 28th in the NFL in passing but second in rushing. Meanwhile, on defense the Bills were 4th against the pass but against the run they were a sieve ranking 28th in the NFL.
Key Player Losses: The big name the Bills lost on defense was Jairus Byrd who left for greener pastures and hopefully a chance to win in New Orleans. Stevie John, a mainstay at wide receiver, was trader the 49ers.
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Key Player Gains: The Bills traded for Bryce Brown who adds another dimension to the backfield and when he has been given chances, he has produced. Carey Graham was brought in from the Ravens as a free agent to help out in what already is a good secondary.
The Draft: It’s tough not to like Sammy Watkins because he’s the type of player who shows up, he doesn’t disappear against the good teams. I thought most of the Bills draft was pretty generic but I loved the free agent pickup of Kenny Ladler.
Outlook for 2014, so far: When you look at the Bills depth chart it’s tough to believe this is a team that won just six games but the issue really was depth at QB as players like Jeff Tuel and Thadeus Lewis aren’t going to win a ton of games at QB at the NFL level, With a loaded receiver group adding Watkins to Robert Woods and speedster Marquise Goodwin and a backfield four deep, the Bills offense should be better. Defensively Marcell Dareus looks ot be in some trouble with the law and this will need to be resolved. Mario Williams brought heat last year to the pass rush and Brandon Spikes joins the Bills at MLB from New England. Even with Byrd gone, the secondary looks to be in fine shape and loaded. I will say it again though, if the Bills don’t get depth at QB, this could be another tough year.
Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule:
Sept. 7 at Chicago Bears, 1
Sept. 14 Miami Dolphins, 1
Sept. 21 San Diego Chargers, 1
Sept. 28 at Houston Texans, 1
Oct. 5 at Detroit Lions, 1
Oct. 12 New England Patriots, 1
Oct. 19 Minnesota Vikings, 1
Oct. 26 at New York Jets, 1
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Nov. 13 at Miami Dolphins (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 23 New York Jets, 1
Nov. 30 Cleveland Browns, 1
Dec. 7 at Denver Broncos, 4:05
Dec. 14 Green Bay Packers, 1
Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Dec. 28 at New England Patriots, 1