Playoffs?!?!?! (use your Jim Mora voice)

There are too many questions for the 2018 Bills to think about playoffs

Howard Simon
September 05, 2018 - 3:36 pm

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​I have good news and bad news for you.

The bad news is I think the Bills' playoff streak will end at one, and I'm anticipating a losing record and possibly a top-10 draft pick.

Ready for the good news now? I felt the same way going into the 2017 season and look what happened!

I will also tell you that I would have felt the same way regardless of the starting quarterback. When it comes to predicting how the season will turn out, I don't think there is much of a difference whether it's Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, or even if A.J. McCarron had won the job. None of those quarterbacks, at least at this point of their careers, are good enough to raise the level of play on an offense that appears to lack top end talent.

Scoring sure looks like it will be a problem for the 2018 Bills, which will put a lot of pressure on the defense.

Going into training camp and the preseason games, I had questions about every starter on offense except LeSean McCoy. With the season opener at Baltimore just days away, I still feel the same way.

The offensive line took a big hit in the offseason with the departure of Richie Incognito and the retirement of Eric Wood. I know it was the preseason and I shouldn't get too excited or depressed over what happens in meaningless games, but the first-team offensive line was absolutely hideous in the second and third games.  

We are still left wondering what kind of ability there is in the wide receiver room. Kelvin Benjamin is clearly the No. 1 guy, but after that it's just question after question. The Bills still don't have a legitimate game-breaking speed threat in the group, and who knows if any of them can get separation on a regular basis.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with the depth at tight end, so hopefully Charles Clay and company can make a difference in the passing game.

When it comes to the quarterback, I wasn't surprised that Peterman was named the starter for Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. He was clearly the best of the three during the preseason games. One thing that helps Peterman is his ability to get the ball out quickly, something that he'll need to do behind, what could be, a leaky offensive line. However, there are clearly limitations to Peterman's game in terms of the throws he can make, and it feels like it will be too easy for opposing defenses to exploit that, kind of like Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The defense is clearly the better of the two units, but that group has to show it has improved when it comes to stopping the run, as well as generating a pass rush without blitzing. Neither of those were evident from the No. 1 group during the preseason.

But you never know, right? This is why they play the games, and maybe the Bills will be better than I think. If you're looking for more good news, second place in the AFC East is entirely up for grabs and the AFC is the lesser of the two conferences, so perhaps another wild card berth is not a pipe dream.

At least the regular season is here and we can all be thankful for that.

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