Why the Buffalo Bills are Now Contenders

by AllSportsNation When the Bills drafted Josh Allen from Wyoming back in 2018, not many Bills fans were… well… elated. Allen performed well in college, and he was definitely a first round pick, however his schedule was not as strong as colleges such as Alabama’s or Clemson’s. He was drafted with the 7th overall pick in the draft, with two quarterbacks taken ahead of him. Those two quarterbacks were Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Mayfield was drafted with the first pick by the Cleveland Browns, coming from the University of Oklahoma. Darnold was drafted out of the University of Southern California by the New York Jets with the third pick. Both Darnold and Mayfield have been mediocre quarterbacks, and at the current moment, are both starters for their teams. However, Josh Allen is different. There is an argument floating around about whether he is better than Mayfield or not, but if you look at the numbers, the answer is clear. Baker Mayfield has a loaded wide receiver corps which consists of Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry, two former Pro-Bowlers. Last year, Josh Allen only had Cole Beasley, a former punt returner for the Cowboys, and John Brown, a former Cardinals receiver. 

       Josh Allen threw nine interceptions last year. Compared to Baker Mayfield’s twenty-one, Allen is a top-five NFL quarterback. 

    This offseason, The Buffalo Bills acquired Stefon Diggs, a wide receiver who played for the Minnesota Vikings last year. He was debatably the best receiver on that team, and he will be a big boost to the young Bills offense. They did not just get Diggs, however. They also picked up Josh Norman, a former Redskins and Panthers cornerback, AJ Klein, a former Saints linebacker, and drafted AJ Epenesa, a linebacker from Iowa. 

        The Bills’ division (the AFC West)  is one of the worst in the league as well. It consists of:

The Patriots- With Tom Brady gone and only Jarrett Stidham to fill that gap, the Patriots are looking like they need a rebuild after all of the great years they had.

The Jets- Not even Le’veon Bell can fix this mess in New York. Their only decent receiver, Robby Anderson, signed a big contract with the Carolina Panthers in the offseason, and their defense is being carried by Jamal Adams, a safety, who they are reportedly “shopping”. 

The Dolphins- Do I really need to explain this? Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Howard, Devontae Parker, and Byron Jones may open up a door to a bright future, but that will take time.

        With the easiest division in the country and a strong offseason, the young Buffalo Bills now definitely have a shot at going deep in the playoffs.

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