Bills play easy slate of quarterbacks in 2019

The Bills could see eight first or second-year quarterbacks this season

Joe DiBiase
May 02, 2019 - 6:15 pm

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The Buffalo Bills had a rough first half of their schedule in 2018, mainly because they played a bunch of really good quarterbacks. The Bills played Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, and Tom Brady all in just the first half of the season. This year will be a different, a less daunting test.

Sean McDermott's defense could see as many as eight first or second-year quarterbacks this season. The veterans they'll play aren't much to look at either.

Here's the quarterbacks the Bills could play in 2019, followed by their QBR ranking from 2018:


Week 1: Sam Darnold - 28th

Week 2: Eli Manning - 25th

Week 3: Andy Dalton - 15th

Week 4: Tom Brady - 6th

Week 5: Marcus Mariota - 19th


Week 7: Josh Rosen - 33rd

Week 8: Carson Wentz - 12th

Week 9: Case Keenum - 29th

Week 10: Baker Mayfield - 23rd

Week 11: Josh Rosen - 33rd

Week 12: Joe Flacco - 18th

Week 13: Dak Prescott - 17th

Week 14: Lamar Jackson - 31st

Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger - 4th

Week 16: Tom Brady - 6th

Week 17: Sam Darnold - 28th


These quarterbacks had a combined record of 99-112-1 last season. No Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, etc. The Bills only play two quarterbacks in 2019 that were top-10 in QBR last year.

You'd expect at least some sort of improvement from Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson, but you don't know. The same way we can't know if Josh Allen will have his own explosion this season. He could, just like the other second-year guys could.

Not only will the Bills be playing all of those first round quarterbacks from the 2018 draft, they could see a couple of rookies in 2019. Daniel Jones could be in for Eli Manning, even by Week 2. Dwayne Haskins will likely be playing by Week 9. Even Drew Lock could get an opportunity in Denver if Joe Flacco struggles.

For the Bills to be a playoff team, Josh Allen will have to take the kind of step that will give the Bills an advantage at quarterback in most of their games. Can Allen be better than Darnold, Jackson, and Rosen? Better than Flacco, Dalton, and Mariota? That's not even asking Allen to explode and have a Patrick Mahomes-esque season. That's just asking him to be above average.

That's what the Bills play in 2019 at quarterback. Mostly average and unproven. Sean McDermott had the Bills defense second in the league in 2018, despite a pretty tough schedule. Maintaining an elite defense is tough to do, only the Seahawks have really done it over multiple years, but McDermott shouldn't have to work as hard to get the same results this go around.

Time for Josh Allen to give the Bills something they haven't had in my lifetime, an advantage at quarterback.

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