Team 7 – Buffalo Bills (10-6)
The Buffalo Bills improved significantly. I remain unconvinced if they can handle early success, as this is a city that has hungered for significance in the NFL for many years.
The Buffalo Bills are a blue-collar team that boasts a great defense, a good running game, and enough passing to win. That’s the positives. They remain one of the hungriest NFL teams, having been thwarted by the dominance of the New England Patriots once more in 2019. At one point, the team was coasting in the 2019 playoffs at 9-3, but a 1-3 finish in the final four games set the stage for an early exit from post-season as the team’s offense failed to put up over 17 points in any of the final four games.
The Bills lost a pair of defensive ends in Jordan Phillips and Shaw Larson and CB Kevin Johnson, and six players who have not signed elsewhere.
The team added DE Mario Addison, OLB A.J. Klein, DTs Vernon Butler, and Quinton Jefferson, CB Josh Norman, ILB Tyler Matakevich, and RB Taiwan Jones. The Bills then drafted DE A.J. Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis, QB Jake Fromm, and K Tyler Bass. And of course, the Bills added WR Stephon Diggs for 2021 first, fifth, sixth, and 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
While the Bills parted with a pair of great defensive ends, the team may actually be better in 2020. I love the addition of RB Zack Moss in this offense, as well as the pickup of veteran defensive linemen Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson. The Bills could sweep the AFC East on their way to the 2020 NFL Playoffs.