While there’s no guarantee the Buffalo Bills will win the Super Bowl this season, there’s no reason to knock them off their perch as a championship favorite.
Josh Allen & Co. they were no longer a team on the rise coming into this season. They spent money to bring in Von Miller and guaranteed Stefon Diggs $70 million to a contract extension. This franchise was not going to last after last season’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round, allowing their opponent to get within range to tie that game with less than 13 seconds left.
Quarterback likely won’t be an issue for the Bills for many years as they have one of the best in the league under contract. They signed Allen to a contract extension in 2021 for less guaranteed money than the Arizona Cardinals gave Keeler Murray last offseason.
Allen looks better than ever, making spectacular plays both on the ground and through the air. Future Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers didn’t suit up Sunday night as the Bills won 27-17. Sure, Allen threw two interceptions, but he also ran for 49 yards and averaged 8.7 yards per pass attempt — nearly two full yards better than Rodgers.
It didn’t matter that the Bills didn’t play a perfectly clean game, because they found out early that they are a better team than the Packers. The Bills defense made it loud and clear by living in the Packers backfield all night, making Rodgers’ night in Western New York miserable.
The Bills’ win against the Packers brought them to 6-1 on the season. They would be eye-to-eye with the Eagles atop the NFL as one of two undefeated teams if not for that wet nightmare of a loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Having held off both the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on the road, the Bills shouldn’t have another tough road game until Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals — if you watched the New York Jets yesterday, there’s no reason to believe the next week will be challenging at MetLife Stadium. Home-court advantage in the AFC will likely belong to the Bills for the first time since the 1991 season.
What will happen come playoff time? At that point, the season is down to a one-game sample size, and the Bills may have to see both the Ravens and Chiefs again in January. Those are the only two teams with quarterbacks in Allen’s stratosphere. That’s two more quarterbacks at his level than Allen would have to face if the Bills were in the NFC.
But that’s why the Bills have been so active during the offseason. While other good teams parted ways with their No. 1 wide receivers — like the Chiefs — the Bills brought Diggs up again. Even with that big contract, they were still able to add defensive talents like Miller and Daquan Jones to their front seven. Those additions have kept the Bills near the top of the league on that side of the ball, even after losing Micah Hyde for the season, and Tre’Davious White still not ready for game action.
For those hesitant to declare the Bills championship favorites to start the season, feel free to let those four Super Bowl losses and the Music City Miracle cloud your judgment if you will, but these Bills seem to have the eye on Super Bowl Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., and a February parade in downtown Buffalo.