For the fourth-straight season, the Bills have their sights set on one thing - the Lombardi Trophy. How can they avoid falling short again?
The Buffalo Bills were among the favorites to win the Super Bowl heading into the 2022 season, and for a while, it looked like they would live up to that billing.
Buffalo won their last seven games of the regular season to finish 13-3 and capture a third consecutive AFC East crown.
However, Damar Hamlin’s health scare and subsequent cancellation of a Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals seemed to be the beginning of the end.
Most importantly, of course, Hamlin made a full recovery. His team did not.
Completing only 16 games instead of 17 would have cost the Bills home-field advantage in the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they didn’t even make it that far.
Their season ended with a 27-10 home loss to Cincinnati in the divisional round.
Despite that disappointment, expectations are once again high for Buffalo heading into the 2023 campaign.
There hasn’t been any reason to mess with success, so unsurprisingly, this franchise goes into the upcoming season with similar personnel in terms of both players and coaches.
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|What||2023/24 NFL Season|
|When||September 8th, 2023 - February 11th, 2024|
|Bills Odds||To Win Division +130, To Win Conference +475, To Win SBLVIII +850|
The Bills compiled a 13-3 record in 2022, good for first place in the AFC East.
The Bills had only six picks in this year’s NFL Draft, but on the bright side, they at least had one in each of the first three rounds.
Buffalo used its first-round selection on tight end Dalton Kincaid out of Utah.
It added Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence in the second round and Tulane linebacker Dorian Williams in the third.
Rounding out the Bills’ 2023 draft class were Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter, Ole Miss guard Nick Broeker and Oregon State cornerback Alex Austin.
As has been the case throughout the past few seasons, Buffalo are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
The Bills are a +850 third choice to win the Super Bowl, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs (+600) and the Philadelphia Eagles (+800).
The Bills are +450 to win the AFC, +130 favorites to win the AFC East and -245 to make the playoffs.
Their over/under win total is 10.5, and the over is a -130 favorite.
As always, the Bills play every other team in the AFC East twice – both home and away.
This season they also face the AFC West and the NFC East. Additionally, Buffalo has dates with fellow reigning division champions in the AFC South (Jacksonville Jaguars), NFC South (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and AFC North (Cincinnati Bengals).
The Bills’ home opponents are as follows: Raiders, Dolphins, Giants, Buccaneers, Broncos, Jets, Cowboys and Patriots.
On the road, they will face the Jets, Commanders, Patriots, Bengals, Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers and Dolphins.
They have a neutral-site showdown against the Jaguars in Week 5 (London).
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Sean McDermott is the head coach of the Bills and has been since 2017.
In six seasons with Buffalo, McDermott has a 62-35 regular-season record to go along with a 4-5 mark in the playoffs.
He has taken his team to the AFC Championship once, which came in 2020, prior to consecutive losses in the divisional round.
Only once in six years under McDermott have the Bills failed to compile a winning record.
McDermott’s staff includes offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is taking the year off, but he is expected to return in 2024.
It is assumed that McDermott, a defensive-minded head coach, will assume the majority of those duties in 2023.
G Connor McGovern (Dallas Cowboys)
WR Deonte Harty (New Orleans Saints)
DE Poona Ford (Seattle Seahawks)
S Taylor Rapp (Los Angeles Rams)
G David Edwards (Los Angeles Rams)
WR Trent Sherfield (Miami Dolphins)
RB Damien Harris (New England Patriots)
RB Latavius Murray (Denver Broncos)
QB Kyle Allen (Houston Texans)
LB Tremaine Edmunds (Chicago Bears)
QB Case Keenum (Houston Texans)
RB Devin Singletary (Houston Texans)
WR Jamison Crowder (New York Giants)
WR Isaiah McKenzie (Indianapolis Colts)
S Jaquan Johnson (Las Vegas Raiders)
Josh Allen is Buffalo’s quarterback and the face of the franchise.
The 2018 first-round draft pick out of Wyoming is a two-time Pro Bowler, and he finished runner-up in the 2020 NFL MVP voting behind Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
Allen isn’t the only star on what is a dangerous Bills offense.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has caught over 100 passes in every one of his three seasons in Buffalo, with more than 4,000 yards in addition to 29 touchdown receptions during this stretch.
The Bills also have WR Gabe Davis and RB James Cook at the skill positions.
The defense is led by DE Von Miller, DT Ed Oliver, CB Tre’Davious White and S Jordan Poyer.
Miller is an 11-year veteran who has been to the Pro Bowl eight times and is a two-time Super Bowl champion.
He was the MVP of Super Bowl 50, in which the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
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