USA Today predicted 4-12. ESPN predicted 6-10. Sports Illustrated predicted 4-11-1.
As of Week 7,the Buffalo Bills sit at 4-2, and it is shocking to most fans.
After the Bills traded their top receiver, Sammy Watkins and their top cornerback, Ronald Darby for Jordan Matthews, EJ Gaines and select draft picks, it was looking like the Bills were focusing on the future more than this upcoming season. Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane insisted the team wasn’t throwing the season away much to the disbelief of fans.
It started out as planned. The Jets came into town in week 1, another team presumed to be tanking looking even worse than the Bills on paper. Fans expected the Bills to come out with a win in that game with little optimism looking forward. A 9-3 loss to Carolina the next week was looking like the Bills predictions were coming true.
Then along comes the Denver Broncos with arguably the best defense in the league. Many were questioning how it could be possible for the Bills to pull out a win against this defense when the only dangerous weapon on offense is LeSean McCoy. The Bills defense came out and showed that they are back to dominance as they were before the Rex Ryan-era, and the Bills won 26-16.
Following the Broncos game was a trip down to Atlanta to face the team that went to the Super Bowl last year. Everyone wrote the Bills off for that one too. They won 23-17, with 2017 first round pick Tre’Davious White recovering a Jerry Hughes forced fumble and returning it for a touchdown.
The next game was a loss in Cincinnati where the Bills offense struggled mightily, only to be kept in it with their defense who only let up 20 points. The bye week followed and in Week 7, Buffalo defeated Jameis Winston’s Buccaneers in a thrilling 30-27 game.
It is no secret that this Bills resurging defense is the main reason that they have come alive this season. The stellar play of newcomers White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer have the NFL thinking differently about the Bills. McCoy jokingly yelling at the reporters in Atlanta for expecting them to lose, players poking fun on Twitter, the post game speeches from McDermott and longtime captain Kyle Williams have this team and this city buzzing. Bills fans can only hope that this isn’t a dream.