While there’s no guarantee the Buffalo Bills will win the Super Bowl championship this season, there’s no reason to disqualify them from their spot as favorite championship contenders.
Josh Allen & Co. no longer a team on the rise this season. They spent money to bring in Von Miller and guaranteed Stefon Diggs $70 million when he renewed his contract. This franchise won’t hold up after last season’s weak-knee loss to the Kansas City Captains in the Division Round, allowing their opponents to go into goal to finish that game in under full 13 seconds.
The full-back likely won’t be a question for the Bills for many years as they have one of the best players in the league and a bargain. They signed Allen to a contract extension in 2021 for a less guaranteed amount than what the Arizona Cardinals gave Kyler Murray this past season.
Allen is looking better than ever, performing spectacular plays both on the ground and in the air. Green Bay Packers future hall Aaron Rodgers couldn’t match him on 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 – almost two yards better than Rodgers.
It didn’t matter that the Bills didn’t play a clean ideal game, because they determined early on that they were a better team than the Packers. The Bills’ defense made that clear by living in the Packers’ backyard all night, making Rodgers’ evenings in Western New York miserable.
The Bills’ win over the Packers put them 6-1 for the season. They’ll be staring into the eyes of the NFL-top Eagles as one of only two teams that are unbeaten if not the nightmare of losing the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
After going up against both the Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens on the road, the Bills won’t have another tough game until Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals – if you watched the New York Jets yesterday there’s no reason to believe that Next week will be a challenge at MetLife Stadium. The home field advantage in the AFC is likely to belong to the Bills for the first time since the 1991 season.
What happens when it’s playoff time? At that point, the season will be reduced to a one-game sample size, and the Bills may have to see both Raven and Chiefs once again arrive in January. Those are the only two teams with Allen’s stratospheric quarterback. That’s two-quarters of his level more than Allen would have faced if the Bills were in the NFC.
But that’s why the Bills are so active throughout the season. While other good teams parted with their #1 broad receivers – like Captain – the Bills upgraded Diggs. Even with that big signing, they can still add defensive talents like Miller and Daquan Jones to their number seven attack. Those additions have kept the Bills close to top of the league on that side even after losing Micah Hyde in the off-season, and Tre’Davious White is still not ready for the action game.
For those hesitant to announce the season-start Bills championship contenders, let those four Super Bowl losses and the Miracle of the Music City cloud your judgment if you will, but These Bills seem to have been in their sights on Super Bowl Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., and a parade in February in downtown Buffalo.