At the conclusion of one of the most entertaining playoff games of all time, the Buffalo Bills are planning an alternate ending to the 2022 season.
One that doesn’t amount to a coin toss in a street game in the postseason.
Buffalo appears to be the clear class of the AFC East and is among the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
Training camp location: Rochester, NY
Rookie Report Date: July 18th
Veteran’s Report Date: July 23
Major Acquisitions: WR Jamison Crowder, RB Duke Johnson, DE Shaq Lawson, DE Von Miller, TE OJ Howard, OG Rodger Saffold, DT DaQuan Jones, DT Tim Settle, DT Jordan Phillips, QB Case Keenum
Main Losses: DT Harrison Phillips, QB Mitch Trubisky, CB Levi Wallace, RB Matt Breida, DT Vernon Butler, DE Efe Obada, DE Mario Addison, WR Cole Beasley, DE Jerry Hughes, WR Emmanuel Sanders
Buffalo had the best defense in the league last season, and it seems they’ve only gotten better on that side of the ball this offseason.
The Bills reconfigured their front seven, led by Von Miller’s arrival on a six-year, $120 million contract.
Other signings include defensive tackles DaQuan Jones, Tim Settle and Jordan Phillips, and defensive end Shaq Mason, while Mario Addison, Efe Obada and Jerry Hughes have all signed elsewhere. Buffalo also lost defensive tackles Harrison Phillips and Vernon Butler.
Josh Allen got a pair of veteran wide receivers in Jamison Crowder and Tavon Austin, and Crowder is likely to fill Cole Beasley’s role off the slot. OJ Howard adds nice depth in the tight end, and Duke Johnson might not see a significant workload, but he’s another dependable play for the Bills backfield.
The draft’s addition of players also filled some gaps, as Buffalo picked cornerback Kaiir Elam with the 23rd pick overall after Levi Wallace signed with the Steelers. Running back James Cook was snapped up in the second round to become the RB2 and receiver Khalil Shakir was brought in in the fifth round to replace Emmanuel Sanders.
The Bills made a number of smart moves, adding pieces that fit well on either side of the ball. Miller’s acquisition made this past offseason that much sweeter, and Buffalo is once again poised for a deep playoff run.
Bills at Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET
Opening lines varied from Rams -2 to Rams -0.5 before settling at a pick ’em, then Rams -1.
Buffalo is getting unprecedented support in the AFC futures markets since the Chiefs sold Tyreek Hill. Defending Super Bowl Champion Rams gets his rings in this NFL kickoff game that has the makings of a high-scoring affair.
Even with the Super Bowl winner (Rams, Week 1) and runner-up (Bengals, Week 17) on the schedule, Buffalo can win 12 games and settle the futures tickets that keep their 17-game-win projection line at 11, 5 (FanDuel, DraftKings). After Thanksgiving, the slate is particularly soft. But when Miami sneakily improves and New England picks up the pace, the schedule has more mines than expected and the under for regular-season wins becomes value play.