Mister Obvious Says – The Bills brought in Rex Ryan as their new head coach and he inherit one of the top defenses in the league. As was his challenge with the Jets, Rex faces an uncertain situation at quarterback; some would argue the quarterback situation he left with the Jets was better than the one he inherits in Buffalo.
Biggest Additions – Offensive acquisitions QB Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel and RB LeSean McCoy top our list of off-season moves for the Bills. The question in Buffalo is which quarterback is going to be under center on Sundays. McCoy will fit nicely into Rex’s ground and pound strategy.
Biggest Losses – In order to land McCoy from the Eagles the Bills had to give up LB Kiko Alonso who missed the entire 2014 season due to a knee injury. Looks like a winning trade for the Bills. McCoy also replaces RB C.J. Spiller who signed as a free agent with the Saints in the off-season. Some would argue letting LB Brandon Spikes leave via free agency was the biggest lost but when it comes to Defense, in Rex we trust is the motto.
Rookie To Watch – Right guard John Miller of Louisville will begin the season as starter despite being drafted in the third round. The success of the Bills season may hinge on how well this rookie contributes as Rex likes the ground and pound game.
Marquee Match-up – Normally, when you are speaking of a Rex Ryan coached team, the games you circle on your calendar are those against Tom Brady and the Patriots. However, for this season at least, it would be hard to argue against the week 10 match-up when Rex and the Bills travel to the Meadowlands to play the Jets. There is a high probability that it will come not down to this but imagine the hysteria if the Bills last regular game of the season, played at home, against the Jets was for a play-off spot between the teams. Oh, how the NYC tabloids would have a field day.
Game Most Likely To Win – Week 9 at home against the Dolphins.
Game Most Likely to Lose – Week 12 on the road against the Chiefs. This game follows their week 11 Monday night match-up on the road against the Patriots.
Overall thoughts – At first glance, the Bills appear to have a brutal schedule with non-division games against the Texans, Cowboys, Eagles, aforementioned Chiefs, Bengals, Giants, and Colts – to name a few. But then you realize the schedule maker was definitely smiling on Buffalo when it came time to map the games. They are home against the Colts, Texans, Cowboys, Bengals and Giants, which is always a plus in the NFL. The Chiefs and Eagles will be their toughest non-division road games. They have 3 road games in a row in November but the first game in that stretch is a Thursday night tilt against the Jets and then they have 11 days off to get ready for New England. Depending on the offense, the Bills could come out of that stretch either 2-1 or 0-3. Their season could very well be determined during that road trip, assuming they take care of business at home against the Dolphins in the preceding week.
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