In our latest AFC East poll, an overwhelming majority of our community voted Buffalo to win nine to 11 games this season. That most likely will be good enough to earn a wild card in the AFC; an 11-5 record might even push the New England Patriots for a division title.
Here was reaction from our community:
- BrettinLakeWorth writes: Ten wins, maybe 11. Playoffs. Not that they will be easy wins. Looking back at last year and picking through the losses, I'm hard pressed to find 5 that I can say the new acquisitions automatically would have translated to wins had they been on the team last year. So 11 would be tough I think.
- JustBusiness21 writes: Ten or 11 wins, assuming the core remains healthy for the majority of the season. Good thing there is a deep bench at almost every position.
- Dinedal7 writes: Football Outsiders has the over/under for the Bills win total at 9.7. I think that's about right as far as expectations, but as a long-suffering Bills fan I would be very happy with nine.
Buffalo has the 29th-toughest schedule in the NFL this season. So that is in the team’s favor to improve on last year’s 6-10 record. I think one of the biggest barometers this season will be the Week 1 matchup at the divisional-rival New York Jets. The Bills can make a statement that they are legit right away by beating the Jets on the road. A loss would lead to early skepticism.
But I think the Bills look closer to "contenders" than "pretenders," and our SportsNation poll shows our AFC East community agrees.