5. Buffalo Bills
With the New England Patriots as vulnerable as they’ve been in years, it’s a great time for another AFC East team to challenge for the division crown. Unfortunately, two of those teams are still at least a year away, probably more.
That leaves the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills went 10-6 last season, making the playoffs before losing in the Wild Card round. While the team has a big-armed quarterback in Josh Allen–a nimble fella, too, who ran for over 500 yards last season–the success of this team came on the back of the defense.
Which makes sense, considering the head coach, Sean McDermott, is one of the few NFL head coaches out there with a defensive background who’s implemented his vision on the team as a whole. Dan Quinn, for example, is also a former defensive coordinator, but while the Falcons air it out, the Bills prefer to grind out their wins.
While the Bills finished only 23rd in the NFL in offensive points-per-game with an average of 19.6, the defense finished second in points allowed allowing an average of only 16.2. Further, the defense finished third in yards allow per game and 10th in takeaway/giveaway ratio.
The defense looks to remain solid, and in an effort to boost the offense, the team acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. In 2019, Diggs would’ve placed second on the Bills in receptions (63), first in yards (1,130) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns (six). He’ll help open up the field for the entire offense.
And if the offense can come even just a little bit closer to matching the defense, the Bills won’t just make noise in the AFC East, but will concern teams throughout the conference.