Buffalo Bills Betting Odds Preview
The 2012 season brought more disappointment to Buffalo Bills fans and backers as the team missed the playoffs for the 14th straight year and failed to post a winning record for the eighth straight year. Will an influx of new talent on offense be enough to break the Bills out of their slump?
Buffalo’s struggles within the AFC East continued last season as the Bills went just 2-4 against divisional opponents, dropping their record to 6-24 SU in AFC East play over their last five seasons.
While Buffalo’s offense was mediocre overall, the Bills did carve out an identity on offense with a strong year rushing the football. Buffalo’s 138.6 yards per game ranked sixth best in the league, led by C.J. Spiller’s breakout of 1244 yards on 207 carries. Ryan Fitzpatrick recorded his third straight 3000-yard season with 3400 yards, but his 16 interceptions and general lack of effectiveness made the Bills decide to go a different direction when they cut him in March.
The Bills have used the draft to build around their solid running game on offense, drafting E.J. Manuel in the first round to likely take over at starting quarterback and giving him a pair of talented wideouts in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. QB Kevin Kolb was also acquired via free agency to help Manuel’s progression.
While the young talent on offense building around C.J. Spiller is exciting, the lack of movement on defense is concerning. The Bills were once again terrible on that side of the ball in 2012, finishing 26th in the NFL in points allowed with 27.2 per game and 31st in run defense with 145.8 yards per game against.
All-in-all, it figures to be another long year for the Bills. Even if E.J. Manuel can follow in the footsteps of some of last year’s star rookie quarterbacks and gets the Bills rolling on offense, the defense doesn’t figure to take a big enough step forward for the Bills to compete for a playoff spot.
AFC East Odds at Bovada as of July 26
New England Patriots -400
Miami Dolphins +325
New York Jets +1600
Buffalo Bills +1600