Tuesday, July 19, 2005

AFC East Buffalo Bills

Finished 2004 season 9-7, 3rd place in the AFC East behind NY Jets and NE Patriots.

Key returning starters:
Willis McGahee - RB
Eric Moulds - WR
Lee Evans - WR
Takeo Spikes - LB
Lawyer Milloy - S

The Bills this season will depend on the fresh arm of J.P. Losman to direct a potentially dangeous offense led by sensations Lee Evans and Willis McGahee.

2004 Stats:
Ranked 25th overall in offense, #13 ranked in AFC
Ranked 2nd overall in defense, #2 ranked in AFC

Your thoughts on the Buffalo Bills this upcoming 2005 season...strengths/weaknesses and your prediction on where they will finish in the division.


Blogger Steve said...

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2:56 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I think the Bills will have an all right season, probably go 9-7 again and finish 3rd in the AFC East. That is just assuming that Losman has the capability to lead that team. I think their biggest mistake was letting go of Bledsoe. Not saying Bledsoe was their answer, but Losman has no experience whatsoever. Teams will now be able to focus on stopping McGahee.

Their defense should have another steller year. Spikes is a strong presense as well as Malloy.

I look for McGahee to have a decent year, probably a 1,000 yard season and I look for Lee Evans to have another great season because teams will still try to double on Moulds.

Hopefully Mark Campbell can have one of those 3-TD games again when he went from virtually unknown to everyone wanted him on their fantasy teams.

2:57 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I think the bills are going to be the 3rd best team in that division which is saying a lot considering the two teams above them will be the Jets and the Patriots. If the Bills want to contend for a decision title shot Losman is going to really have to show up and show why he should be the starting QB and prove all the nay sayers wrong. As for McGahee well it's all on him, they got rid of Travis Henry to the Titans and I don't even know who their back up RB is at the time. If Mcgahee can pull out a good 1500 yard season and Losman strives for mistake free football the Bills have a damn good shot. The Bills defense is pretty tough and visiting teams are going to have to deal with the elements of frozen Buffalo NY. I say Bills 3rd place 8-8.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Jamezwp said...

This is a playoff ready team all set up for Jay Pee Losswoman. It's his time to either pull a Ryan Leaf or a Ben Roothlisbooger. Bledsoe still made some nice plays from the pocket despite being as mobile as the statue of liberty, now they have a white jitterbug with an arm (didn't they try this with Doug Johnson) to make or break their season. The D is solid (top 5 last year if I remember right), they have some receivers, and Shane Gillis McGahee is going to be a top 5 back as long as Losswoman can be effective enough to keep opposing defenses from stacking 10 in the box. If Losswoman doesn't pull a Ryan Leaf and actually plays descent, they should be happy with an 8-8 season this year but watch out for next year.

My Prediction is another Bills like mediocre season finishing in 3rd place is the east with a 7-9 record. Moulds will suffer a career ending penis injury and Losswoman will be traded to Tampa Bay and change his name to Doug Johnson.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Jamezwp said...

And then coach Mike Mularkey will come accross some old tape of the 1998 Knox college for the extremely gifted and be so moved by one of the freshman lineman that he offers him a contract to come in and tape everybody ankles for 65k per season and then it's all up hill from there.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Ouch, funny name-calling there Jamezwp...but both comments by Red and jamezwp are pretty accurate - this season will be on the arm of Losman and how he performs as basically a rookie QB. Remember, he didn't do shit last year except sit on the bench because of a broken leg.

Their defense will keep them close to a .500 team, but I seriously doubt they will make a solid run or have any chance at the playoffs as they did this past season. Even if Losman plays well, that division is too tough to finish anything above 3rd place and there are way too many other solid teams in the AFC for the Bills to have that legit chance at the playoffs.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

and for 65k, I'd be damn happy to tape ankles for 6 months...

9:23 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

Incidentally, I agree with Steve's first post. As long as McGahee stays healthy and Losman settles in (does anyone remember the 4000+ passing yards he had at TT his senior year), the Bills should be a decent team for the next few years.

Thanks for bringing football back into the rotation.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Good point NN, though Losman wasn't from TT (which I assume you mean Texas Tech) - he came from Tulane University which his senior year only threw for a little over 3,000 yards. I think you were thinking of BJ Symons who had a 5000+ yard season, or last year another TT QB had 4700 yard season.

Either way, when Losman gets some experience, the Bills will be a team to contend with.

9:39 PM  
Blogger RED said...

T, TT or Mean Green, the kid threw for big time yardage either way. I can't wait to see how they do under the J Gun.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I think some good fantasy players from this team are obviously the defense - they will make plays and get some turnovers. Plus their special teams in most fantasy leagues will count for some points. I also like McGahee for a high draft choice, like top 3 rounds. Lee Evans I think can go in the top 10 rounds along with Eric Moulds.

I hate to say it, but JP Losman will probably go off the board too, though most fantasy team owners shouldn't pick him up until the late rounds when you're looking to fill a backup QB spot on your roster.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Uh-oh! The Man from the "U" is being unleashed on the NFL watch out east!!

3:16 PM  

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