Monday, May 3, 2021

2021 Buffalo Bills Draft Review

by steve

The draft has come and gone. Did the Bills improve their roster for 2021? How about 2022 and beyond? The question really is, what was Brandon Beane's goal coming in to the 2021 NFL Draft?

Quite clearly it was 2022 and beyond. The Bills did address their biggest need according to me, edge rusher, with their first TWO! picks but other than taking a flyer on a super fast yet raw WR/KR in the 6th round, Marquez Stevenson, did nothing to help the offense at all.

Buffalo's first 3 draft picks played a combined 7 games last year. Rousseau is young and wont grt on the field much next season. Its much more likely Basham could make an impact but he comes off as more of a hole plug & run D guy and less a QB killer.

The offensive linemen are tackles except the 7th round dude from Texas Tech that looks like Richie Incognito. The more pressing need will be inside in the near term considering both tackles are under contract for at least the next 2 years.

No tight end at all, no RB, no receiver before the 6th round, no agressive action for a team ostensibly fighting for a Super Bowl.

Do i HATE this draft? No. Are the Bills an improved roster for 2021? Likely no. Is there much more to be expected when Beane and Co had limited picks, cap space and picking 30th? Not really.

This draft was more of a crapshoot than most years with very limited tape and medical info etc. Then again thats why I wanted to try snd get 2022 draft picks but instead Beane drafted players for 2022. Maybe thats the same thing?

Grade C+

Saturday, May 1, 2021

2021 Bills 5th Round Pick 161 OT Tommy Doyle

At 161 in the fifth round the Bills draft offensive lineman Tommy Doyle

Bills 2021 Draft Review After Day 2

by Steve

After the second day of the NFL Draft the Bills clearly dont think they have many holes on the roster. Instead of trading back and adding draft picks for 2022 McBeaner added players to contribute in 2022 or perhaps 2023 at the earliest.

On day 2 the Bills took another defensive end, Carlos Basham and a raw yet tall offensive tackle Spencer Brown from small Nothern Iowa. Mel Kiper said he is a 2 to 3 year project. Yikes, then again the Bills did just extend both tackles so there isnt a starting spot either way.

Combined, Rousseau, Basham & Brown have played 7 total games since 2019. Rousseau opted out, Wake Forest only had 7 games and Nothern Iowa's season was canceled.

Basham to me projects as more of an interior lineman. He said his ideal playing wait is well under 300 pounds so maybe Im wrong. But with Hughes and Maddy Addy and Rousseau there are a lot of bodies in the DE room.

Maybe Hughes gets cut to give cap relief and playing time? But how does that make the Bills better in 2021? The only way Im getting on board with cutting Hughes is if it allows the Bills to add a post June 1 cut or maybe even Zach Ertz.

The Bills didn't get better in 2021 this weekend. But did they need to?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Bills Draft DE Greg Rousseau

opted out
-B

2021 NFL Draft Preview: Final Mock Draft

by steve

Mere hours away from the event of Spring outside the tourny, the NFL draft. Here is my breakdown of everyone elses Bills mock draft, Bills Needs, a ranking of the rookie QBs and draft predictions. And finslly my first and final 2021 NFL Mock Draft:

(im not doing trades, too lazy)

1. Jags - Trev Lawrence QB
2. Jets - Zach Wilson QB
3. 49ers - Tre Lance QB
4. Falcons - Kyle Pitts TE
5. Bengals - Penei Sewell OT
6. Dolphins - Jamarr Chase WR
7. Lions - Zaven Collins LB
8. Panthers - Patrick Surtain CB
9. Broncos - Rashawn Taylor OT
10. Cowboys - JC Horn CB
11. Giants - Christian Barmore DT
12. Eagles - Jaelen Phillips DE
13. Chargers - Davante Smith WR
14. Vikings - Justin Fields QB
15. Patriots - Jaylen Waddle WR
16. Cardinals - Micah Parsons LB
17. Raiders - Elijah Moore WR
18. Dolphins - Joe Tryon DE
19. Washington - Alijah Vera Tucker OT
20. Bears - Teven Jenkins OT
21. Colts - Greg Newsome CB
22. Titans - JOK - LB
23. Jets - Tetrace Marshall WR
24. Steelers - Naaje Harris RB
25. Jags - Kadarus Toney WR
26. Browns - Trevon Mohrig S
27 Ravens - Greg Rousseau DE
28. Saints - Caleb Farley CB
29. Packers - Kwity Paye DR
30. Bills - Carlos Basham DE
31 Ravens - Rondale Moore WR
32. Buccs - Travis Etienne RB

2021 NFL Draft Preview: Mock Draft Reviews

by Steve

Everyone has a mock draft, even me. So lets take a look at what the supposed professionals think is going to happen with the Bills 30th overall pick. First, here is the Bills needs, draft predictions, and QB rankings.

Jay Skurski TBN:
Travis Etienne

Useless pick at a useless position. This would be the equivalent of drafting a runningback at 16 overall if u consider where Singletary & Moss were drafted in the 3rd round based on the Jimmy Johnson value chart. Someone would have to be moved or maybe even both.

Florio PFT:
Najee Harris RB bama
Same as ETN, guy played 4 years and a RB in round 1 is pointless.

Danny Jeremiah NFL:
Asante Samuel CB FSU
McDerr is allegedly the cornerback whisperer who hasnt been able to find anyone opposite Tre White so maybe this would be a solid pick. Im not sold but wouldnt hate it.

The Ringer
Caleb Farley CB Va Tech
Sort of a boom or bust guy. He was a stud except for the back surgery. Then he sat out because "covid19" ? Then got covid19 disease caused by a novel coronavirus? Same thought process about corner, is a #2 CB worth another first round pick?

Walter Football
Jamin Davis LB UK
This might be worse than drafting a RB. Sure Edmunds was bad last year but christ, drafting ANOTHER LB (useless position [no1 stops great TEs])? Unless this dude is the next Bryce Paup he can fuck off.
F---

Pete Prisco CBS
Jayson Oweh Edge PSU
The first thought that comes to mind is of course Aaron Maybin. My second thought is why did he sit out the year? Just kidding he played & had zero sacks. As an edge rusher. in the overrated big ten. Sure Parsons was gone and sacks arent everything but zero? He better contribute ASAP, no reason to gamble on a huge need position.

Todd McShay
Trading up for Etienne
lolol kill me

Mel Kiper
Tyson Campbell CB Georgia
A new name for me, I trust McDerr to pick "his guy" but it will be highly scrutinized if some of the popular names are on the board.

2021 NFL Draft Predictions

by Steve

Its fun to get these things written down in advance to show how right (wrong) I was. So here are some draft predictions. Previously I wrote about the Bills needs & ranked the quarterback prospects.

The Bills wont trade up for a runningback but after the draft Beane will say something like he tried to move up but couldnt justify it.

Justin Fields & Mac Jones fall out of the top 5 and likely much farther.

One runningback goes in the first round

There is a huge run on offensive talent except stupid teams like Detroit, New England, Houston & Giants.

Bills draft a D-lineman.

Caleb Farley falls out of the first round.

6 QBs get drafted Thursday.

Everyone will rave about the Dolphins & Jaguars draft and rip the Jets. Belichick will be labeled a genius for "navigating" the draft.

The Bills will draft a QB Saturday.

Zach Ertz gets moved Friday.

Kyle Pitts will be a bust.

There aren't nearly as many trades as prior years and the talk of the draft will be a lack of medical information on players and GMs play it more straight.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

2021 NFL Draft Preview: QB Rankings

by steve

Here is my list of Bills needs heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. But all anyone is talking about is QB QB QB. Sooo.

Lets rank all these overrated quarterbacks:

1. Trevor Lawrence
This guy has been in the spotlight so long he isn't even talked about much any more. Boring. Good luck in Jax.

2. Justin Fields
I was never a big Fields guy but his alleged fall down draft boards is perplexing. He has some athleticism, good arm, played in big games and has deceptive size. Is a stud? No but at least he played last year and the year before and against a real conference.

3. Davis Mills
:snoop dogg who gif:
No one watched the pac12 this year. They started their season way late, had a bunch of canceled games and play at 3am or some shit. Mills is raw and only has 11 starts but dude has the pedigree. You know Andrew Luck and Kevin Hogan went to Staford right?

4. Tre Lance
No one watched this dude play. If you say you did you're a liar. He has played like 2 games since Dec 2019 and plays in a sub college league. But from what I read he has size and strength. If Allen could prove people wrong from a similar school and league why not this dude.

5. Kellen Mond
This might my SEC bias or when I look at Mond I get a Dak vibe. Plus he checks a lot of boxes. 4 year starter, size 6'3 217, tough conference, improvement with his completion % and has reduced his turnovers. Might be a 2nd round gem.

6. Zach Wilson
BYU pretty boy with as punchable a face as one can have. Sure he plays like a kid out there having fun but is that a recipe for success? Plus he doesmt even play in a conference, is gonna be stuck going to the Jets and has what a appears to be a slight build.

7. Jamie Newman
Biiig dude that transferred from Wake to Georgia but never played. Why is he getting zero run just because he didnt play last year but Lance is? All I know is he didnt have 3 top 15 players around him on offence as a Deacon.

which brings us to number 8
8. Mac Jones
If this guy isn't the definition of game manager clip board hero who finally got to drive his Dad's Mercedes in the drive way. Thats basically what Jones got with the team he "lead" to the Natty last year.

9. Kyle Trask
Compiler. Wouldnt be surprised if he got a shot as a sharter in a year or 2 but reminds me of Tebow because of the jersey.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

2021 Bills Draft Preview: Needs

by Steve

Most people think the Bills are set with a deep roster, few open spots on the 53 man and can basically go in any direction they please. Obviously I disagree.

Let's face it, last year was a but of a fluke. Allen didnt have to play in front of any crowds. The Bills caught the league off guard with the explosion of Diggs that no one saw coming (cmon who predicted he would lead the league in multiple categories?) . The division was awful and the schedule opened up.

Allen did of course play much better; you cant fake your way to 13 wins. Clearly the roster isnt bereft of talent. But there are still needs on this roster if the Bills have any hope of staying within 10 points of the Chiefs ever.

The Bills have 7 draft picks, 30th, 61, 93, 161 in the 5th, 174 in the 5th, 213 in the 6th and 236 in the 7th.

My ranking of Bills needs:
Defensive end/edge rusher
Tight end
Cornerback
Wide Receiver
Center
Safety

This team needs to get after the quarterback. Whether that is even possible in the age of 2 second hike & release might be up for debate. But what shouldn't be up for debate is the idea that Maddy Addison, Jerry Hughes and Darryl Johnson is an awful trio on the edge.

The only thing more important in a quality tight end besides route running snd blocking is CATCHING THE FUCKING BALL. And floppy Knox cant catch the ball. The Bills are desperate for this position because they have a few good slot receivers and an all pro on the outside. But an upgrade is badly needed.

Tre White is the shutdown gut but after his is just a bunch of dudes. McDerr loves corners and can seemingly find them anywhere. But he has yet to find a bonafide # 2 CB.

A team that wants to pass as much as Daboll's can never have too many WRs. Davis was a nice surprise, but Sanders and Beasley are in their 30s. Hodgins is a question mark and McKenzie is on a one year deal. Finding a roster spot may be tough unless Beane finds a talent early.

Mitch Morse is a benched bitch with injury history & a bloated contract. This might be more of a need than  i think.

Safety for depth is always a need.

Not surprisingly runningback is not on the list. Beaner used a day 2 pick on RB each of the last two years. While neither Singletary or Moss are above average they both are serviceable & complimentary. Moreover they just signed speedster Matt Breida. Late day 3 flyer is all thats needed to address runningback.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

MLB 2021 Over Under Win Totals National League

by Steve

Here is the American League. Now time for the Mets and the NL

East

NY Mets
90.5
Cohen trying to buy a ship?
over

Atlanta Braves
91
Gonna be a battle
push

Philadelphia Phillies
81.5
Division is tough
under

Washington Nationals
84.5
Window shut
under

Florida Marlins
72.5
a year away from being a year away?
73 wins tho
over

Central
St Louis Cardinals
87
under

Milwaukee Brewers
83.5
Who knows
over

Cincinnati Reds
81.5
This team trying again?
82-82 over

Chicago Cubs
79.5
Im sure getting rid of Maddon will help
under

Pittsburgh Pirates
59
Disgrace
under

West

LA Dodgers
103.5
Last season didnt count
over

San Diego Padres
95
Tatis really that good?
under

SF Giants
75.5
Tough top of the division
under

Arizona Diamondbacks
75.5
Literally no idea
over

Colorado Rockies
63.5
Disgrace
under

2021 MLB Over Under Win Totals American League

by Steve

Is it spring, winter, summer? Who the hell knows but apparently the baseball season starts today. Who knew? Time for predictions on each team's vegas over under win totals assuming a 162 game season. Prob should just bang all unders with the thinking that teams wont be able to play every single game. But thats not fun and im not a coronabro.

First up:
American League

East

New York Yankees
95.5
This team have any pitching?
under

"Toronto" Blue Jays
87
The nomads are at a severe disadvantage especially come summer time
under

Tampa Rays
86.5
Somebody has to win in this division.
over

Boston Red Sox
80
Likely artificially high number
under

Baltimore Orioles
64.5
Gimme 65 wins
over

Central

Cleveland Indians
81.5
How the might have fallen
under

Chicago White Sox
90.5
Weak division albeit this team seems snakebit
over

Minnesota Twins
88.5
Window still open
over

Kansas City Royals
74.5
snoop dogg who??? meme
under

Detroit Tigers
68.5
Cmon wtf. 69 games too much to ask?
over

West

Houston Astros
87.5
Id say push but fuck Houston
under

Oakland A's
86.5
Give it to me
over

Los Angeles Angels
83.5
Joe Maddon is their manager? Holy shit
over

Seattle Mariners
72
Worst franchise (non Sabres division) in America?
push

Texas Rangers
67.5
New stadium? This franchise is like the tide
over

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Ohio v Buffalo MAC Championship Preview

by Steve

It all comes down to this. Win and in. Do or die. The MAC Championship tonight at 7:30 on CBS Sports network.

Buffalo comes in hotter than shit winners of 7 straight and 10 of their last 11. UB is favored by 2.5 coming over a tight overtime victory last night. Over under is 155.5.

Ohio soundly beat the top seeded Toledo and has won 3 straight. They did however embarrassingly lose to the Bulls by 20 just two weeks ago. For the season series they are 1 and 1 beating Buffalo by 1 back in late January.

This game is going to be decided by Jeenathan Williams. Guy was a stud last night and may need to be again tonight for Buffalo to punch their ticket back to the big dance.

Prediction
Buffalo 77
Ohio 70

Friday, March 12, 2021

Akron v Buffalo MAC Semi Final Preview

by steve

After a pretty ho-hum 11 point victory of Miami in the quarterfinals UB will face Akron in the MAC tournament semifinals Friday at 7:30 on CBS Sports Network.

Akron won their quarterfinal game over Bowling Green by 7. Buffalo is favored by 4, the over under 153.5.

Akron has lost 3 of its last 4 including a 2 point loss at Buffalo last week. Buffalo is riding a 6 game winning streak.

This game is going to be a battle but being a homer and riding the hot team converges tonight.

Prediction
UB 78 Akron 74

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Miami v UB MAC Quarterfinal Preview

by steve

The MAC tournament starts today with UB rolling into Cleveland hotter than shit winning their last 5 games and 8 of their last 9.

Buffalo is favored by 8.5 and the over under is 151.

Miami of Ohio for their part has won 4 of their last 5 games.

UB has blown out Miami twice this year, winning 90-62 back in December and 88-64 in early Feb.

The old saying goes its tough to beat a team three times. Buffalo has gone on a tear since changing to a taller lineup and should win today.

Any UB fan should stilll be nervous. Buffalo and coach Whitesell choked back in the quarterfinals last year. The team has senior leadship with Jayvon Graves and Ronaldo Segu to hopefully offset any jitters.

The MAC tournament is wide open. Surprisingly the one seed Toledo is only a slight favorite towin the tourny at +175 while UB is +185.

Buffalo wont need to potentially worry about a Toledo matchup until Saturday. Take care of business today, survive and advance.

The game is only on ESPN+ fml. Also aws certified developer practice test is coming out.

Prediction
UB 82 Miami 71
aws devops certification

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

ACC Tourny Pool

Here are the pools & info

pay out 

1st 60

2nd 15

**********

UPDATE

*******

scores:

steve 18 points

wreck 13 points

feyes 13 points

dubs 12 points

coast 10 points

steve
pitt, duke, nd
cuse, clemson, lville, unc
uva, gtech, fsu, unc
gtech, fsu
gtech
139

wreck
Miami Duke ND
Cuse Clemson Louisville UNC
Cuse Clemson FSU UNC
Clemson FSU
FSU
129

feyes
Miami Duke ND
NC state Miami Duke ND
VA GT Duke ND
VA ND
ND
141

coast
Pitt
Duke
Notre dame

Cuse
Clemson
Louisville
Notre dame

Virginia
Clemson
FSU
Notre dame

Virginia
FSU
FSU

146

dubs

1st Rd:


Pitt

Duke

Notre Dame

2nd Rd:

NC State

Clemson

Duke

UNC

Quarter Finals:

NC State

Clemson

Florida St

Virginia Tech

Semifinals:

Clemson

Florida St

CHAMP:

Florida St

Total Points:

142

Monday, March 8, 2021

2021 ACC Tournament Bracket Pool

ACC Tournament Bracket Pool

$15 on entree per person

bracket link
https://theacc.com/documents/2021/3/6//2021_ACC_MBBT_Bracket.pdf?id=1408

tell ur friends and family

bracket due by 2pm Tuesday 3/9

email winners or completed bracket to
wnywatercooler@gmail.com

tie breaker closest to total points in final

pay w paypal or venmo

scoring system
1 pt first round, 2 pts 2nd etc..

Monday, March 1, 2021

Watt to the Cardinals

by steve

JJ Watt signed a 2 year $31 mil contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Meh.

Do the Bills need an upgrade at D end? No doubt. But Watt has played a full 16 games or even more than 6 only 2 of the last 5 years. His sack numbers (i dont care [much] about alleged QB pressures, who decides that?) 5, 4, 16.5, 0, 1.5.

Hes 32 years old and obviously was looking for another pay day. Which is fine but dont tell me he is going to Cardinals to win a Super Bowl.

Bills likely dodged a bullet especially w the cap being lower.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Super Bowl Picks

the grand finale

steve 5-6-1
chiefs -3 v buccs
under 56

coast 6-5-1
chiefs -3 v buccs
over 56

feyes 4-7-1
chiefs -3 v buccs
over 56

Sunday, January 24, 2021

National Expert Picks For Bills at Chiefs

by steve

The Bills players and most fans think everyone is picking the Chiefs to win a game where the spread is only 3 and the starting QB has turf toe. Perception sometimes makes reality. McDermott likes to tap into that underdog no one believes in us mentality.

Does it hold up to what the national media "experts" are predicting? Lets take a look:

ESPN
6 of the 9 experts picked the chiefs

PFT
Florio 31-27 kc, Simms 35-31 kc

CBS Sports
4 pick the Bills, 4 pick KC

Greg Rosenthal
Chiefs 31 Bills 27

Bleacher Report
2 of 3 pick KC

SB Nation
6 pick the Bills , 5 pick kc

Si
all 6 pick kc

26 experts are taking the Chiefs & 14 are backing the Bills.

In conclusion it isnt a landslide and it isnt everyone but there is a clear majority of national writers picking the Chiefs

Saturday, January 23, 2021

CCS Conference Championship Sunday Best Bets

here are our NFL Conference Championship Picks

steve 4-5-1 (4-0 last week)
packers -3.5 v buccs
chiefs -3 v bills

coast 6-3-1
bills +3
gb -3.5

feyes 3-6-1

packers -3.5 v buccs
chiefs v bills over 54

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Bills at Chiefs AFC Championship Podcast Preview

Steve and Coast look back at the Ravens victory in the divisional round and preview the first Buffalo Bills AFC Championship game in 27 years. Also a sneak peek at the (gulp) Super Bowl potentially.
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Saturday, January 16, 2021

DRW Divisional Round Weekend NFL Picks

got rinsed last week, time to bounce back

steve 0-5-1
packers -6.5 v rams
bills -2.5 v ravens
browns +10 @ chiefs
buccs +3 @ saints

coast 4-1-1
bills -2.5 v ravens
browns +10 @ chiefs
saints - v buccs
rams +6.5 @ packers

feyes 0-5-1
Gb -6.5
Bills -2.5
Cle KC O 57
Bucs +3

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ravens at Bills Divisional Round Playoff Podcast Preview

Steve and Coast review the Colts game and the rest of the Wild Card weekend. At the 16 minute mark they breakdown the Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson, preview the Divisional Round and give their predictions.
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Friday, January 8, 2021

Wildcard Weekend NFL Picks

wcw!!!

Steve
Colts at Bills over 51.5
seahawks -3 v Rams
Buccs -8 v Wash
Ravens at Titans over 54.5
Bears +10 @ Saints
Steelers -6 v Browns

Coast
bills -6.5, rams +3 , football team +8, saints -10, browns +6, ravens -3

Feyes
Bills -6.5
Seahawks -3
Bucs -8
Tenn +3
Bears +10
Steelers -6

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Colts at Bills Playoff Podcast Preview

Steve and Coast gush over the Bills incredible 13-3 regular season and preview the epic home playoff match up against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday at the Ralph, a must win game for Buffalo. Can Indianapolis hang with the Bills?
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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Colts at Bills 1pm Saturday

wild card weekend is set

The Bills will host the colts at 1pm Saturday

ugly time slot holy shit that is garbage. brutal really.

the line is all over the place i have see  it as high as Buffalo -6.5 and as low as -4.5

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Week 17 NFL Picks

playoffs on the horizon, build up the account

steve 27-35-2

bills -1.5 v dolphins
bears +4 v packers
broncos +2.5 v raiders
texans +7 v titans

coast 27-35-2
Balt -14, browns -9.5, rams +2.5, vikes-4

feyes 32-30-2
Chargers -5
Panthers +6
Indy -14
GB Chi U 48.5