Sunday, the Buffalo Bills had a convincing win against the "AFC Runner-up" Indianapolis Colts. While the win may look good from an outsiders perspective, a closer look will reveal an extremely similar storyline:
The Colts are the softest team in the NFL.
We have to give credit where credit is due, even if it is to an AFC East rival. The Buffalo Bills manhandled one of the better teams in the NFL on Sunday. While Indy threw up on themselves, the Buffalo Bills showed a typical Rex Ryan-type of team that is heavy on defense, yet lacking an experience quarterback.
Nevertheless, the Bills have one of the better defenses in the NFL. That defense will win them a decent amount of games this season. But are they ready to win the AFC East and dethrone the new England Patriots?
I don't think so.
The Patriots have too many weapons on the offensive side of the football for the Bills to cover. If they double team Gronk, then Julian Edelman will be left open to feast on inside slant routes for the entire game. If the Bills rush Tom Brady, he will audible into shotgun and fire a quick short pass or check it off to the plethora of skilled running backs the Patriots now possess.
Bill Belichik notoriously negates the opposing team's best offensive weapon. In this case, that person happen to be LeSean McCoy. If the defense can make McCoy a non factor and force the Bills to rely on Tyrod Taylor, I don't think that they will be able to beat the Patriots twice this season.
There is a (small) chance that the Bills will beat the Patriots on Sunday, but that will truthfully not change my opinion on this team. They will win 9 or 10 games and maybe squeak into the playoffs, but in the NFL you need a quarterback that can win you a football game. The Bills don't have that yet.
#BillsMafia should be out in full force come Sunday as well...
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS