-The defensive line is going to be very good. They Bills' won't have the best defense in the league, but they'll have one of the top 3 d-lines.
-Kyle Williams is going to make the pro bowl if he stays healthy. I think Dareus could follow him there.
-Gilmore is the real deal. I think he'll struggle for the first couple of weeks, but settle in by season end.
-Special teams looks to be improved. If McKelvin can hold on to the football, he is a legit return man.
-Our RB's are going to have a great year. CJ had a bad night, but it looks like he has improved and Fred hasn't lost a beat.
-This was a sobering game. Mostly on offense, but even defensively. The front 4 are great, but in all of that hype we might have overlooked the shakeyness of our LBs and CBs. We are essentially starting two rookies at CB. I could easily see Leodis/McGee taking over for Williams if he continues to struggle. And as for our linebacker, Moats has shown well, and Barnett will always be good, but I'm a little suspect of their ability to prevent the short passing game. And as we know, the short passing game is going to be the number one offense against our defense.
-I hate to say it, but I'm worried our offense won't make the necessary strides to fulfill all of this hype. The O-line will gel eventually, but right now...very shakey. Everything is going to hinge on a the running game, which is great bc we have terrific RBs. But not so great in that this is a passing league and you need to throw the ball effectively and consistently in order to compete. Our WRs are just not that great. Good, but no one with the explosiveness to make teams worry. Stevie will beat a few guys with his feet, but his bread and butter is still his route running. When he is covered 1 v 1, sure, he might beat you. But when he is double teamed (as he likely will be given the lack of a 2nd receiving threat), he isn't as potent. I honestly think Graham will have the 2nd most receptions on the team when its all said it done. Gailey won't be able to keep his speed on the bench.
-Oh and Fitz looked bad. I blame a lot of his struggles on the o-line and SJ's blown routes. But still. His accuracy was supposed to be better. Its not. Thats worrisome.
I still like this team but these 10-6/11-5 predictions are a little too hyped up. I think the Bills will be in most games this season if everyone stays healthy. And I wouldn't be surprised at all if they make the playoffs. But this team is still a work in progress as tonight showed. I say 9-7.
Edited by Union2008, 25 August 2012 - 10:49 PM.