2020 Season Preview: The name of the game in Buffalo for 2020 will be defense. When the Bills tackle you, you know it. Jerry Hughes leads a great pass rush and Tre’Davious White will be assigned to cover the other team’s best receiver. The difference between a so-so season and a playoff run, however, may come down to quarterback Josh Allen. He will need to be more accurate to keep his team’s drives alive.
2019 Season Roundup: Buffalo turned around its 6–10 record in 2018 to finish 10–6 in 2019. The Bills had the makings of a playoff run when they opened a 16–0 lead over the Texans in the Wild Card game, but Houston came back to win in overtime. The Bills had the NFL’s number-two defense, led by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and interception specialist Tre’Davious White.
November 24, 2019: Frank Gore ran for 65 yards in a win over the Broncos to pass Barry Sanders for third place on the all-time rushing list. Only Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith are ahead of him.
September 29, 2019: Frank Gore broke six tackles for a 41-yard gain against the Patriots, which put him over 15,000 yards for his career. The only players to reach that mark are Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.
2019 Season Preview: The Bills spent a big part of their off-season budget bringing in players to help QB Josh Allen be successful. The offensive line is deep and talented, as is the entire defense—which added rookie star Ed Oliver in the draft. Buffalo should win the close games this season, especially if newcomers Frank Gore and Devin Singletary give LeSean McCoy an occasional breather at running back.
2018 Season Roundup: Buffalo took a step backwards after their fine 2017 season and finished 6–10 in 2018. The problem was the offense; the Bills scored fewer than 10 points five different times. Rookie QB Josh Allen looked good at times, but an elbow injury ended his season early. Too often he was flushed out of the pocket and had to run for his life.
2018 Season Preview: It will take a good running attack to beat Buffalo in 2018. The team’s pass defense is much improved and free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will be clogging up the middle. The person most likely to make headlines for the Bills is rookie quarterback Josh Allen. He is big and fast, and has a bazooka for an arm. Running backs Chris Ivory and LeSean McCoy will give Allen lots of options as he learns his way around the league.
2017 Season Roundup: The Bills started strong and finished strong, and that was enough to give them nine wins and a berth in the playoffs. LeSean McCoy led Buffalo with 1,000 rushing yards and 59 receptions. Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer picked off 10 passes to lead the defense.
December 31, 2017: Buffalo’s victory over Miami on the season’s final day sent the Bills to the playoffs to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. They were the only team that hadn’t made it to the postseason in the 21st century.
2017 Season Preview: New coach Sean McDermott will try to fix the mistakes that knocked the Bills out of the playoffs in the final month of 2016. Is QB Tyrod Taylor the problem or the solution? That may be the biggest question heading into 2017.
2016 Season Roundup: Buffalo fans had been waiting since 2000 for their team to make the playoffs in 2016. They had to wait another year as the team finished 7–9. The Bills actually had a winning record heading into December, but lost four of their final five games. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor spent the year running for his life and was sacked 42 times. Coach Rex Ryan was fired in the final week. LeSean McCoy had better luck. He ran for 1,267 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.
2016 Season Preview: Tyrod Taylor had a sensational year at quarterback for Buffalo in 2015, as did Sammy Watkins at receiver. If the Bills can get big years out of runners LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, they could be tough to beat in 2016. The key—on offense and defense—will be consistent play from week to week. The Bills hope they can count on
2015 Season Preview: Tyrod Taylor is a great athlete, but can he be a winning NFL quarterback? New coach Rex Ryan hopes Buffalo’s powerhouse defense will give him enough time to find out. In the meantime, LeSean McCoy will be counted upon
September 2, 2014: Buffalo fans wanted quarterback E.J. Manuel to throw more in 2013. They will get their wish in 2014 with the addition of super rookie Sammy Watkins. The defense needs to get better and follow the lead of stars Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus—and Manuel will have to stay healthy—if Buffalo hopes to challenge for the division crown.
September 4, 2013: No Buffalo team has ever undergone the changes that the 2013 Bills have. They have a new head coach (Doug Marrone) and a new quarterback (rookie E.J. Manuel), plus a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator. It may take a while for everything to come together, but if the Bills get big years from speedy running back C.J. Spiller and sure-handed receiver Stevie Johnson, they could make things very interesting in the AFC East.
February 2, 2013: Receiver Stevie Johnson and running back C.J. Spiller turned in 1,000-yard seasons, but it was not enough to get the Bills in the playoffs. They finished 6–10, third in the AFC East.
Summer, 2012: After an amazing start to the 2011 season, the Bills slumped in the second half after Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fred Jackson were injured. If these stars stay healthy and the defense continues to improve, all the Bills need to do is prove they can beat the top teams when it counts.