Buffalo Bills NFL Betting Preview
Ending 17-years of futility, the Buffalo Bills finally reached the postseason in 2017, putting a stop to what was the longest current playoff drought in the NFL. Under rookie head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills went 9-7 for just their third winning season since 2000, but the club is starting over at the most important position in 2018. Last year’s starter Tyrod Taylor is gone and the Bills used the No. 7 pick in the draft to land Wyoming’s Josh Allen, hoping he can be the franchise quarterback like Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s.
2018 Buffalo Bills at a Glance
Bills Super Bowl Odds: +7000
Bills AFC Championship Odds: +3500
Bills AFC East Odds: +1000
Bills Regular Season Win Total: 6.5
Making the playoffs last season was a long overdue accomplishment, but building a consistent winner that can return to the postseason year after year is a process. The Bills had been working without a franchise quarterback since Kelly retired. They sifted through the likes of Todd Collins, Alex Van Pelt, Doug Flutie, Drew Bledsoe, and more recently Ryan Fitzpatrick, E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton and Taylor. From 2000 until last season they all had one thing in common – none led the Bills to the playoffs.
The Bills weren’t an offensive juggernaut last season, and the defense ranked in the bottom half in total yards and points allowed, and because of that the oddsmakers aren’t giving the western New Yorkers much hope of a return trip to the postseason. They were good at creating turnovers and winning close games, which helped their overall record. The Bills were 5-2 in one-score games and they forced nine more turnovers than they committed, but they were a weak playoff team and their 10-3 loss to Jacksonville proved it.
Instead of moving forward after a promising year, some might say the Bills took a step back. Taylor was traded, paving the way for Allen to take over at some point. In the meantime, A.J. McCarron was brought in to be the temporary starter. The offensive line took a hit with three starters gone from last year’s unit, the skill positions are thin, and LeSean McCoy is going to get a lot of work. Defensively they’ll be good, not great. While we didn’t see a playoff berth coming last season, it’s harder to envision that happening in 2018.
2018 Buffalo Bills Schedule
Week 1: Bills at Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 2: Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 3: Bills at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sep. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 4: Bills at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sep. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 5: Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 6: Bills at Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 7: Bills at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 8: Bills vs. New England Patriots, Monday, Oct. 29, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 9: Bills vs. Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 10: Bills at New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 13: Bills at Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 14: Bills vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 15: Bills vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 16: Bills at New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Buffalo Bills History
The Bills did get one monkey off their back last season, passing the torch for the longest active postseason drought to the Cleveland Browns. But there’s still one nagging bit of history associated with the club. Under Kelly and fellow Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, James Lofton and Bruce Smith, the Bills won the AFC in four consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1993. However, they lost the Super Bowl each time, a dubious record that may never be matched.
There were some happier times in Buffalo when the team first came into existence as an original member of the American Football League in 1960. They put together a 12-2 season in 1964 to claim their first of back-to-back AFL titles, the only championships of any kind for the organization.
During the early 1990s under head coach Marv Levy, the Bills put together a dominant stretch. They went 39-15 in that four-year span, winning the AFC East three times while going all the way to the Super Bowl. With Kelly retired, the other aging veterans gave it one last shot in 1999. The Bills won 11 games that year, but lost in the Wild Card round to the Titans in what became known as the Music City Miracle. It was Buffalo’s last playoff game until last season.
|2017||9-7||Lost Wild Card|
|1999||11-5||Lost Wild Card|
|1998||10-6||Lost Wild Card|
|1996||10-6||Lost Wild Card|
|1995||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1993||12-4||Lost Super Bowl|
|1992||11-5||Lost Super Bowl|
|1991||13-3||Lost Super Bowl|
|1990||13-3||Lost Super Bowl|
|1989||9-7||Lost Divisional Round|
|1988||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|1981||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1980||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1974||9-5||Lost Divisional Round|