Thursday, December 16, 2004

Contenders or Pretenders?

The emergence of rookies Willis McGahee and Lee Evans have the Buffalo Bills surging keeping their once very dim playoff hopes alive. Who would have thought after their 0-4 start that the Bills would have won 7 of their past 9 to remain 1 game out of the wild card race with 3 games left this season.

Plus with the advantage of their schedule, don’t be surprised to see the Bills (@ CIN, @ SF, PIT) race past the Broncos and Ravens to clinch the final Wild Card Spot. The Broncos next 3 games (@ KC, @ TEN, IND) and the Ravens (@ IND, @ PIT, MIA). With the way the Bills are playing, Cincinnati (without QB sensation Carson Palmer due to a knee injury) and San Francisco should be considered “easy” wins. I put easy in quotes because no such thing as an easy victory in the NFL, but on paper, Buffalo should win hands down. Pit will be a true test, however, the last game of the season, they should be resting their starters in preparation for the playoffs, and so the Bills have an upper edge there.

How about the play of McGahee? I would have never thought he could have recovered as well as he did from that horrific knee injury he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State his senior year. Then to be drafted in the 1st round and not play a single down in 2003. Speaking of great players, Bledsoe is starting to play like he did back in New England; the defense is very solid, especially now that Troy Vincent has returned; these times in Buffalo are almost reminiscent of the old Kelly/Thomas days. Plus the emergence of rookie Lee Evans who has given great help to the receiving corp., since most teams were doubling on Moulds now allowing Bledsoe to stretch the field vertically.

What are your thoughts on the Bills and your take on the AFC wild card picture?

Posted by Steve


Blogger RED said...

Contender! The Bills are hot on both sides of the ball and it's about time. I was expecting much more out of them since last season but they sputtered instead but by the looks of it now they have regained control of their team and are ready to Rock & Roll. I can see Buffalo running the table from here on out making a breif playoff appearence possibly but only to get knocked out quick, well I might have to give that a second thought, they are the team for cold weather and what do the playoffs have, cold weather. Wouldn't it be something to see them face the Pats and Bledsoe come out victorius! Well it's the NFL, which means any given sunday in my book. So watch out NFl here comes the Bills!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'd have to say pretender right now, even though they are playing like a contender. I say pretender because I really don't think there is a chance that both the Broncos and Ravens are going to lose two of their next three games and Buffalo win out in order for them to make the playoffs. You also have to take into account the Jags and if they can pull a victory this week in Lambeau Field, they are just as in the hunt as the Bills are and would have the tie-breaker because of better conference record.

What I'd like to see is the Bills continue to play well and finish the season strong and build on that momemtum heading into the 2005 season.

9:15 AM  
Blogger RED said...

I'm predicting a major upset in Green Bay this weekend. I think that Jacksonville has really stepped up there game this season and will topple the Packers by a score of 27-21

9:29 AM  
Blogger RED said...

DFamn I was pretty close. The score ended up being 28-25 Jacksonville.

9:09 PM  

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