NFL Team Preview- Buffalo Bills

Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Buffalo Bills:

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach–  Sean McDermott
  • Offensive Coordinator– Brian Daboll
  • Defensive Coordinator- Leslie Frazier
  • Special Teams– Danny Crossman

ODDS TO WIN:

  • AFC Championship- 40/1
  • Super Bowl- 100/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 6

Odds courtesy of MyBookie as of July 29, 2018.

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 9
  • 2015- 8
  • 2016- 7
  • 2017- 9

The Offense

Quarterbacks:

AJ McCarron from Alabama begins his 6th season and was a backup to Andy Dalton the previous four years and Nathan Peterman will battle him for the start. That is, until their top draft pick Josh Allen, a quarterback out of Wyoming is deemed the starter. Allen is a big QB at 6’5: and 237 lbs. with a very strong arm.

Running Backs:

LeSean McCoy is the primary running back by default as he turns 30 yrs old. But then again, he deserves it after finishing 4th in rushing with 1,138 yards. Without a quarterback leader, the game falls into the hands of the running backs.

Receivers:

The same issue comes up with the receivers as they have no real leader among them. Kelvin Benjamin was expected to be the leader but health issues change that plan. Look for Nick O’Leary and Charles Clay get the bulk of the time.

Offensive Linemen:

Two retirements left this unit in shock. Ryan Groy will take over for the departed Eric Wood or Richie Incognito. Russell Bodine will play the center position and Dion Dawkins slides to left tackle.

The Defense

Defensive Linemen:

A big contract move was completed to help this area as the Bill sign Star Lotulelei to a 5-year deal worth $50 million. Kyle Williams returns for his 13th season. Harrison Phillips was taken in the third round of the NFL draft to get playing time.

Linebackers:

With the 16th pick overall, the Bills selected Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech in the draft to play middle linebacker. Matt Milano and Ramon Humber battle it out for a starting spot on this unit.

Secondary:

Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer were signed as free agents in 2017 and they played very well to lead this unit. Tre’Davious White goes to his 2nd season after a good performance last year as a cornerback.

Special Teams

Stephen Hauschka is the kicker after connecting on 29 of 33 field goals with seven from 50 yards or deeper. Colton Schmidt will be the punter again this year and the long snapper duties will fall to Reid Ferguson. Kick returners are still undecided.

The Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 9-   Panthers   HOME  7 PM
August 16-  Browns  AWAY  7:30 PM
August 26- Bengals   HOME  4 PM
August 30-  Bears  AWAY  8 PM

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Eastern time)

September 9-  Ravens  AWAY  1 PM

September 16- Chargers  HOME  1 PM

September 23-  Vikings   AWAY   1 PM

September 30-  Packers  AWAY  1 PM

October 7-  Titans  HOME  1 PM

October 14-  Texans  AWAY  1 PM

October 21- Colts  AWAY  1 PM

October 29  Patriots  HOME  8:15 PM

November 4  Bears  HOME  1 PM

November 11  NY Jets  AWAY  1 PM

November 18- BYE WEEK

November 25-  Jaguars  HOME  1 PM

December 2-  Dolphins  1 PM

December 9   NY Jets  1 PM

December 16  Lions   1 PM

December 23-  Patriots  AWAY  1 PM

December 30- Dolphins  HOME 1 PM

Other Information

Owners- Terry and Kim Pegula

General Manager- Brandon Beane

Phone- 716-648-1800

Website- www.buffalobills.com

Stadium- New Era Field

Capacity-  71,870

Surface- A-Turf Titan