There are MANY moving parts for the Bills heading into the 2018-2019 season. Most notably, the Bills three-man QB battle and the questions that loom around start running back, LeSean McCoy amidst his domestic violence investigation. With a somewhat weak wide-receiving corps headlined by Kelvin Benjamin who had a down season last year, and new faces on the offensive line, it is tough to see how the offensive will shape up in 2018.
For the first time since 2014, the Bills will start a true pocket-passer at quarterback as the Bills will no longer have the athleticism and mobility of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was traded to Cleveland in the offseason. Coach Sean McDermott will be slated with the decision of whether or not to start rookie phenom Josh Allen or differ to either A.J. McCarron or Nathan Peterman. The offense will be forced to gel quickly as none of the top three wide-receivers have played with any of the quarterbacks for more than a year. On the O-line, the unit will no longer have veteran Cordy Glenn at tackle, who was traded to Cincinnati for the pick that Josh Allen was selected with, leaving the left tackle position up for grabs. There will also be a competition for center as last year’s starter Eric Wood was released in May.
On the other side of the ball, the Buffalo defense hopes to repeat what it did last year. Their secondary featuring Tre’Davious White and newly acquired corner Vontae Davis hope to keep pace with its 18 interceptions that it had in 2017. Buffalo has also brought in a couple defensive lineman, including Star Lotulelei to try to replace the hole at nose tackle after Marcell Dareus was traded to Jacksonville. It is unlikely the Bills defense will be able to keep up with elite offenses like it did last year, but with the stellar secondary that is has, it is not out of the question.
The Bills are slated will a tough schedule in 2018-2019. They face Minnesota and Green Bay on the road in back-to-back weeks early in the season and have tough tests at home featuring San Diego (a team they lost to by thirty points last year) and Jacksonville. And of course, they will meet their divisional rival New England twice. On the bright side, Buffalo has very winnable home games including Tennessee, Chicago and Detroit, and get to face the Jets and Dolphins twice. A best-case scenario for Buffalo would be a 9-7 season, while a worst case would be a McCoy suspension and problems at QB leading to under 5 wins.
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