The time is finally here. The NFL regular season is just days away. The Bills are looking to streak the snap of 16 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs. It is crazy to think it has been that long since the Music City Miracle. But it is a new season and of course with some hype, why get down on ourselves already. The Bills travel down to Baltimore for a week 1 match up against the Ravens and the elite Joe Flacco.
If you would have asked me back in April if I thought the Bills would win this opening game, I would have put a guarantee on it. Four months later, the Bills will be without their first two picks in Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland due to injuries, they cut overweight Karlos Williams Sr., and Marcell Dareus is suspended for the first four games. Ask me now if I still think the Bills will win, and I will still say yes, just nearly not as confident.
This defense is not what is used to be a couple of seasons ago under Jim Schwartz. Mario Williams is gone, the first two overall picks are out, and the Bills let go of the agile Manny Lawson last Friday. However, what this team does have is an explosive offense. Tyrod Taylor is in his second season and has plenty of weapons all over the field. Sammy Watkins can be a top 5 wide receiver in the league, Robert Woods still doesn’t receive enough props, Shady McCoy is one of the most versatile backs in the game, and Charles Clay is a game changer over the middle of the field. What may go unnoticed the most, is the offensive line. Buffalo returns all five starting lineman for the first time in over 20 seasons. That has to account for something, right?
For the Ravens, Joe Flacco is still trying to prove the haters he is an elite quarterback. The Delaware product is above average at best. The addition of Mike Wallace should help open up the passing game, and you know Steve Smith is going to come back with a chip on his shoulder. The Ravens resigned running back Justin Forsett just days after releasing him. The Ravens also recently signed return man Devin Hester who can always have an impact on the game in the special teams.
So what is going to happen Sunday? The Bills are going to win. The road to the playoffs begin Sunday. Tyrod will have a big game, both throwing and running. The defense will bend, but it won’t break, and Dan Carpenter is perfect on his field goal attempts. The Rex and Rob Ryan era get off to a nice start.