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2023 Bills Preview

Buffalo Bills

2022 Season Review

Record 13-3 Points for: 455 (2nd) Points Allowed: 286 (2nd)

Off-season roster recap

Added: DE/LB Leonard Floyd, DT Poona Ford, OG Connor McGovern, OG David Edwards, RB Damien Harris, WR Trent Sherfield, WR Deonte Harty, QB Kyle Allen, RB Latavious Murray, CB

Re-signed: DT Ed Oliver, DT Jordan Phillips, DE Shaq Lawson, S Jordan Poyer, CB Dane Jackson, CB Cam Lewis, LB Tyrel Dodson, OT David Quessenberry, P Sam Martin, OL Ike Boettger, LB Tyler Matakevich, LB AJ Klein

Lost: LB Tremaine Edmunds, RB Devin Singletary, QB Case Keenum, S Jaquan Johnson, WR Isiah Mckenzie, TE Tommy Sweeney, WR Jameson Crowder

Draft Recap Offense: Round 1 • Pick 25 (25) TE Dalton Kincaid Round 2 • Pick 28 (59) G O'Cyrus Torrence Round 5 • Pick 15 (150) WR Justin Shorter Round 7 • Pick 13 (230) OG Nick Broeker

Draft Recap Defense: Round 3 • Pick 28 (91) LB Dorian Williams Round 7 • Pick 35 (252) CB Alex Austin

The Bills entered the 2022 season as the superbowl favorites based on the Vegas betting odds. With such lofty expectations, the bills started the season on fire with a record of 6-1. The amazing start was followed by a shaking mid season, which included a Josh Allen elbow injury and few late game giveaway Interceptions. They finished 13-3 (only 16 games because the cincy game was canceled after the Damar Hamlin incident) and won the division for the third straight season, and finished as the 2nd seed in the AFC playoffs. Despite all of the success, the offense struggled to find balance between the run and the pass, which was magnified with the Allen injury, limiting their overall rushing output even more. The offensive line made for some very difficult moments last season and forced Allen into playing hero ball way more than desired. A few offseason additions along the O-line will help the offense be more successful in the run and pass games. First year Offensive Coordinator Ken Dorsey was very inconsistent after taking over for Brian Daboll. The hope is for more efficiency and putting players in better situations to succeed and utilize their skill sets appropriately.

Strong superstar fantasy outputs were made by Josh Allen and Stephon Diggs but beyond that there wasnt a whole lot of noteworthy fantasy meat on the bone. A disappointing season from WR2 Gabe Davis left a lot to be desired. WR Isiah Mckenzie (now with Indy) did not fill in at slot receiver as expected in replacement of Cole Beasley. RB Devin Singletary was a steady runner when given the chance, rookie RB James Cook showed a lot of promise despite a lack of opportunities. Losing Singletary in free agency opens the door for Cook to take on the RB1 role with new addition Damien Harris coming in to help with short yardage and goal line work. TE Dawson Knox was a quality player but has left a lot to be desired, hence the drafting of TE Dalton Kincaid in round 1 of the 2023 draft. The team needs more help in the redzone and with more consistency in putting teams away and not taking their foot off the gas. Someone has to step up as a go to target in this offense beyond Diggs, look for Kincaid to be used early and often and moved around all over the field in different formations.

On defense last season the loss of Micah Hyde was felt all season as well as the Thanksgiving day season ending injury of Von Miller had the unit struggling to find consistency and struggling to limit opposing offenses and allowing opponents to stay in games, putting more pressure on the offense. The defense should be improved from a developmental and scheme standpoint, along with a few plug and play free agents, and a few key players returning to form from injuries last season. The additions on the defense of Leonard Floyd and Poona Ford should help contribute right away. Von Miller should return to full health by October, CB Tre White will hopefully be back to 100% to start the season. The change in defensive play caller (Frasier to McDermott) should be an improvement and offer more varied looks and blitzing. Young players like 3rd year DE G.Rousseau, 2nd year CB K.Elam, 2nd year CB C.Benford and one of the DEs AJ Epenesa and Boogie Basham should all step up and be solid contributors in 2023.

The hopes are high for this Buffalo Bills unit in 2023. Expectations are for another season of double digit wins and another AFC East division title, although the gap has gotten closer in a much more competitive and highly talented division. The bills are still in the top 3 of superbowl winning odds. The 7th hardest strength of schedule, and 1st place schedule makes this a very formidable schedule that doesnt lighten up at any point. Coach McDermott is on the hottest of seats he has had since taking the team over in 2017, and after a few years of earlier than desired playoff exits the microscope is fully on this coaching staff with the highest expectations possible. Its Super Bowl or bust for this Buffalo Bills team.

2023 Schedule

Week 1 @ Jets Week 2 vs Raiders Week 3 @ Commanders Week 4 vs Dolphins Week 5 vs Jacksonville (London) Week 6 vs Giants Week 7 @ Patriots Week 8 vs Buccaneers Week 9 @ Bengals Week 10 vs Broncos Week 11 vs Jets Week 12 @ Eagles Week 13 BYE WEEK Week 14 @ Cheifs Week 15 vs Cowboys Week 16 @ Chargers Week 17 vs Patriots Week 18 @ Dolphins

Strength of schedule: 0.542 (7th Hardest)

DraftKings O/U Prediction 10.5 wins

Predictions: *13 wins 4 losses *Josh Allen MVP (#1 in fantasy also) *Super Bowl 58 champs

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