The Buffalo Bills currently have the longest playoff drought in the NFL at 16 years. There are a host of other teams that haven’t sniffed the postseason in a while as well. Recently BleacherReport put together a list of teams most likely to vanquish their postseason demons in 2016 and Buffalo made the list.
Their report had Buffalo as one of six teams most likely to end their playoff futility. Here was BR’s assessment.
The Bills came close to earning a wild-card berth in head coach Rex Ryan’s first season at the helm until they suffered four close losses in the last seven weeks. A redeeming victory came against the divisional foe New York Jets in Week 17 to keep Gang Green from ending their own playoff drought. But the expectation is for this team to capitalize on having its best quarterback since Doug Flutie in Tyrod Taylor and to challenge the Patriots for the division.
Few teams have a more talented roster from top to bottom. A few question marks exist at wide receiver and along the offensive line (particularly in terms of depth), but the power-run offense and smashmouth defense are intimidating for opponents to prepare for. The Bills’ biggest foes last year were themselves, as they tied for the league lead in penalties committed with 143.
Odds Shark has the Bills tied for second as favorites in the AFC East, which should put them in line to compete for a wild-card berth.
The five other teams picked in the report were Oakland, Jacksonville, NY Jets, NY Giants and Tampa Bay.
Tags: 2016 season
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