Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013 Buffalo Bills Season Preview: Media Predictions

by Steve

The season starts in 5 days and although everyone pretends to not care what all the pundits think all these fuckin websites put out preseason rankings and predictions so some one must be reading them.  Here is a compilation of the lame stream media's predictions:

ESPN Preseason Power Rankings:

Bills 30th "Jeff Tuel is the starter (for now). Tuel ranked 64th in FBS in opponent-adjusted Total QBR last season at Washington State and gets the Pats in Week 1."

Bill Barnwell (grantland)
He has the Bills as one of eight cellar dwellers. "Even if Buffalo gets a better campaign from Mario Williams in his second year with the team, the promise of a playoff run still seems years away.
Best-Case Scenario: Manuel and C.J. Spiller do their best Robert Griffin–and–Alfred Morris impression, and the big names on the Buffalo defense do their best impression of the impact they were supposed to have. The Bills sneak into the playoffs at 10-6."

His worst case scenario consisted of a Home Improvement youtube video. Ouch


The Buffalo News:
Mark Gaughan 6-10
Kay Skurski 5-11
Tim Graham 6-10
Jerry Sullivan 3-13 (he has Miami and Cleveland as his wild car picks [ha])

Walterfootball
Bills 26th "E.J. Manuel's poise in the pocket during his two preseason games convinced me that the Bills will be competitive in most of their games this year. Buffalo fans have to be thrilled about this because having Kevin Kolb as the starter would be disastrous. All opposing defenses would need to do is put a wet mat on the field, and the Bills would be done for."

Pete Prisco
3-13

Bleacher Report
Bills 28th "The defense will rely on the front seven getting a pass rush, something they've struggled to do outside of Jerry Hughes' exceptional play in the preseason. The secondary has talent—notably Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore, though the latter will miss six to eight weeks with a wrist fracture—but this is still a defense with holes. That's why, even though they've moved up, the Bills are still No. 28 overall."

Oddsmaker.com
Bills over/under 6.5 wins. Under 6.5 is paying -140

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