Are the Bills tanking again?

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By Dan Richeal

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills haven’t had the best season to say the least. Which brings Buffalo fans to ask themselves “Should the Bills tank?”

Buffalo sports fans are used to seeing one of their teams tank. The Buffalo Sabres are on the way back up after rebuilding their franchise. As a part of the rebuild of the Sabres, they tanked to have a chance to get the first overall pick to draft Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It looks like tanking has worked for the Sabres so, it begs the question, should the Bills do it?

Through eight games this season the Bills are 2-6. After watching the Bills on Monday Night Football against the Patriots, the Buffalo Bills don’t need to try and tank. The Bills offense is just bad.

The offense is the real problem. With Josh Allen hurt, their options at quarterback are just bad. The Bills are 31st in the league in total offense. Looking at the offense, their only real weapon is Lesean McCoy, and McCoy has been dealing with some injuries this season and therefore has not had a great season. The Bills recently added wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who should be a huge help on the outside and will give the quarterbacks a better player to throw to.

Against the Patriots, the offense didn’t have many bright spots at all. However, the defense did a great job at keeping the great Patriots offense to only 25 points and holding them to only had 76 rushing yards. The Bills defense is ranked sixth in the league in yards allowed per game. The defense really isn’t the problem at this point of the season.

The Bills do not need to tank like the Sabres did. If the front office can sign a couple of average offensive linemen and draft a top receiver, the Bills can turn this team around in just one offseason. The Bills have their quarterback to build around for the first time in a long time in Josh Allen. If the front office can hit on their draft picks like the front office has in the past, look for the Bills to be a contender next season.

Statistics as of Oct. 31, 2018

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