Coming off a stunning campaign in which Buffalo ended their 17-year playoff drought, the Bills seem willing to go backward this season in order to move ahead in 2019 and beyond.
After trading Sammy Watkins in the preseason and later a couple other players, Buffalo looked to be in “tank” mode last season. Reports had first-year coach Sean McDermott not “thrilled” about the situation, given the shelf life of a non-winning coach in the NFL. Instead of caving, McDermott convinced his troops they could win and the Bills made the playoffs and almost beat Jacksonville, before falling 10-3 as nine-point road underdogs.
“I love our QB room. They all have supported each other and I really feel great about the dynamic in there.”
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) June 22, 2018
Instead of building on this, Buffalo is evidently sticking with the original plan and will play at least one if not two inexperienced quarterbacks in A.J. McCarron and rookie Josh Allen. Here is what the NFL odds at 5Dimes are saying about Buffalo this season.
Odds to Win AFC East – +1300 – 3rd
Odds to Win the AFC – +3000 – 13th
Clearly, this a huge step backward in terms of progress and McDermott said something this off-season that no Buffalo fan wanted to hear, “We have our work cut out for us, we have a long way to go – that has not changed.”