Entercom picks the Bills and Super Bowl LI

Sal Capaccio
September 08, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Photo: USA Today Sports

Categories: 

By Sal Capaccio

Twitter @SalSports

 







I asked several Entercom Buffalo on-air personalities for the predictions for the 2016 season.  From WGR and WBEN.  From Kiss 98.5 to Star 102.5, they were all asked to predict the final Bills regular season record with a comment and the Super Bowl LI Champion.  Some added much more than others,as you’ll read.

 

Here are all of their responses:

 

 

 

Susan Rose

Morning show host WBEN

 

Bills record: 9 - 7

The Bills playoff drought is over.  It's a breakout year for Sammy Watkins and big seasons are coming for Jerry Hughes and Stephon Gilmore.  With a lot of pressure on coach Rex Ryan, he'll deliver by taking the team to the post season.

 

SB LI champion: 

Seattle Seahawks

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Rob Lucas

Star 102.5 Mornings

 

Bills record: 7-9.   

Phrase to describe the season will be "Treading Water.”  Rex Ryan (and possibly Doug Whaley) gets fired after Jacksonville beats them at home. The Bills will start fast, go 3-0, and then lose 6 of the next 8, culminating with a loss to J-Ville at home. The team that destroyed the Bills season in London last year does it again, and it's too much for the Pegulas to hold off on making a change.  The change will be as much for the way the Bills have been playing, as much as simply losing games.  I'm not being flippant...I totally see this happening.  And I always say, if you're making a prediction...say something compelling...stick your neck out! 

    

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Arizona Cardinals over Cincinnati Bengals.  

The 4 best teams are in the NFC (Seattle, Carolina, Green Bay, and Arizona).  Bengals and Steelers are best in AFC.

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Brayton Wilson

Producer, WGR

 

Bills record: 10-6

While training camp and the preseason saw some injuries and suspensions to some key roster players, the 2016 Buffalo Bills still have the opportunity to end the dreaded 16-year playoff drought. We could see a significant improvement on both sides of the ball under head coach Rex Ryan and his staff, now that they have one year under their belt. This is also the year in which we will look for Tyrod Taylor to take the next step in becoming the Bills' franchise quarterback. If the team can stay healthy and find ways to grind out an extra win or two (maybe against a Brady-less Patriots), the drought may finally become a thing of the past.

 

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Arizona Cardinals over New England Patriots

 

Deciding a Super Bowl champion in September is always tough just because you never know what is going to happen through the course of a season. The Arizona Cardinals have a dynamic defense, and the offense has a nice blend of young talent and grizzled veterans. If guys like Carson Palmer, David Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald can stay healthy on offense, the Cardinals can have a chance to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history. And besides, who would not want to see the Patriots lose another Super Bowl?

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Mike Jafari

Producer, WGR

 

Bills record: 7-9

The team has less talent now than last year and have a more difficult schedule. I do think we'll see some nice things from the offense, but it won't be enough to end the playoff drought.

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

New England Patriots

I thought about the Arizona Cardinals, but once Brady's suspension ends, I don't see many teams competing with NE especially in the AFC.

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Chris “Bulldog” Parker

Afternoon Host, WGR550

 

Bills record: 10-6 

For no other reason than maybe it's time they enjoy some good fortune, especially as it pertains to injury. Give me full seasons out of the QB, WR and RB and I think they get there.

 

Super Bowl LI champion:

Seattle Seahawks

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Derek Kramer

Fantasy Football writer, WGR

 

Bills record: 10-6

I want to be hopeful for this team, I do. But in the AFC, even a good year could be outside looking in. They have the offense to win games, the defense looks improved. Yes, the Patriots remain the AFC East winner. Buffalo will remain in everyone's favorite column "In The Hunt" as the season rolls on. In the end, the Bills reach their best record in 16 years, but remain out in the cold, thanks to the logjam of quality teams in the AFC and still miss the playoffs. 

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Arizona Cardinals over New England Patriots

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Janet Snyder

Morning Show Host, Kiss 98.5

 

Bills record: 12-4

Great season, they will get to the playoffs!  The Rex/Rob combo with Ralph Wilson and Buddy Ryan watching over us will get us there!!!

 

Super Bowl LI champion:

Buffalo Bills

 

 

****************************************************************

 

TJ Luckman

Producer, WGR550

 

Bills record: 9-7

The Bills will start the season off rough with key pieces missing on defense.  When Marcell Dareus and Shaq Lawson return, they'll take pressure off the offense and make a late push for the last wild card spot in the AFC.  

 

Super Bowl LI Champion: 

Seattle Seahawks

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Jonathan Koziol

Sabres Radio Network Producer, WGR

 

Bills record: 9-7

Injuries and disappointment. We've been trained to expect that. Let's hope that isn't the title of the NFL Films recap of this year's Bills. I went through the schedule a few times and really feel this team is capable of at least a 9 or 10 win season. Unfortunately they have always been known to play down to lesser competition in the drought era. If recent history stays true in the AFC, they will most likely need 10 wins to get in. Wouldn't a Week 17 win at the Jets be an amazing playoff clinching win?!

 

Super Bowl LI champion:

Carolina Panthers - Cam won't be sulking at the post game presser this year.

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Howard Simon

Morning Show Host, WGR

 

Bills record: 9-7  

I feel good about the offense, starting with Tyrod Taylor.  There were a number of positive indicators coming from training camp and the pre-season.  I think there is a trust factor between Taylor and offensive coordinator Greg Roman that wasn't there last season.

The fact that everyone is back on offense from Roman to the players should bode well for that side of the ball.

 

The main questions I have are on the defensive side of the ball.  I don't feel confident about any of the linebackers not named Jerry Hughes.  Not having the first two picks from this year's draft, both of whom were expected to make an immediate impact, is a big blow.  I'm also crossing my fingers that Aaron Williams can stay healthy and play his game.  If not, the safety positions could be a weak spot for this defense, too.

 

Super Bowl LI champion:

Seattle Seahawks over New England Patriots

Part two for this Super Bowl.  A four game suspension for Tom Brady won't keep New England from winning the division and with Brady, I think the Patriots are still the kings of the AFC.  Now, the suspension might cost them the top seed and home field advantage in the playoffs but I'll still take New England, as much as it pains me.  However, I'll take Seattle to win the Super Bowl and they'll do it thanks to Marshawn Lynch, who comes out of retirement to get the ball at the one yard line.

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Brian Mazurowski

WBEN Reporter

WGR Wrestling Writer

 

Bills record: 10-6

In wrestling terms, the Bills are present day Heath Slater. Years have been spent toiling on the mid-card, often wondering if people even knew you existed. Suddenly, talent is starting to show and fans are taking notice. Slater will ride that wave to the Smackdown Tag Team Titles, and the Bills will achieve the NFL equivalent: a wild card berth. 

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Seattle Seahawks

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Mike Schopp

Afternoon Host, WGR

 

Bills record: 8-8

Tyrod Taylor is good, but I expect coaches to reduce him by handing off all the time, like last year. This reduces the Bills' margin of error in games. Last year they were excellent at avoiding turnovers; I predict they will need to be again to have a winning record, and there's a lot of luck in that. I expect the defense to rank better despite the injuries to their draft picks and the Marcell Dareus suspension.​

 

SuperBowl LI champion: 

Green Bay Packers 

While far from a perfect team, the Packers have the league's best quarterback and it's time for him to get a second ring.

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Nate Geary 

Host of The Overtime Show, WGR

 

Bills Record: 10-6

Heading into every season you always hear the same thing: "This is the year, this is the year we end the drought!" For Bills fans, like preseason football and shorter summertime nights, high expectations are tradition. This year, however, the narrative has shifted. Maybe it's due the the suspension and subsequent release of promising second year running back Karlos Williams. Or maybe it was the season ending knee injury to rookie second round pick Reggie Ragland. Throw a 4-game suspension to your best defensive player and another Ryan brother and expectations have been at an all time low to start a season. Because of all the things I just mentioned, I believe the Bills have never been more hungry to prove all the doubters wrong, and let me just say, there are plenty of them. Color me an optimist, but with a healthy Shady McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Stephon Gilmore to start the season combined with a favorable schedule, the Bills, for the first time since 1999 will crack the playoffs and secure a wild card spot in 2016.

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Arizona Cardinals 

 

 

****************************************************************

 

Pat Malacaro

Sabres Radio Network, WGR

Bisons Baseball, WWKB

 

Bills record: 8-8

Forget the "winning the offseason" bragging for a moment. Between injuries and suspensions to start the season, it is hard for me to imagine that the team will do better than last year's win total. A healthy Kyle Williams up front and Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore on the back end would go a long way to weathering the attrition on defense. It will be more of the same in 2016. I would like to see Tyrod Taylor target Sammy Watkins by simply throwing the ball up in the air and letting his star receiver go up and get it. Take chances, but do not be reckless.  I just see more of the same this year, and the same win total as a year before.

 

Super Bowl LI champion: 

Green Bay Packers

I think the Lombardi Trophy will reside with the NFC this year, and I just don't see Seattle as the team to beat clear and away anymore. You can make a case for several teams, even more than one in the NFC West. But I like the Packers for some reason, simple as that.

 

 

Comments ()