Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Go Bills!

It has been a while since the last time I wrote something about the Buffalo Bills. This doesn't mean, of course, that I don't care about them anymore. In fact, I would like to mention that their performance so far this year has been pleasantly surprising, a 4-0 record to start the season is something that Buffalo wasn't able to achieve since 1992, year in which they reached the Superbowl. Thus, we (the Bills' fans) have some hope that this will be their best season in the last decade. If they manage to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999, then we can say that their improvement is for real.

At the end of the day, it is not a coincidence that the Bills have been having a good season. During the last 3 years, coach Dick Jauron and his staff have been working hard to put together a dynamic team of young players to conform a solid team. The inclusion of quarterback Trent Edwards to the offensive starting lineup has brought more dynamism and accuracy to the passing game, which, along with the receiving capabilities of Lee Evans and James Hardy, make an effective air play for the Bills. But also in the ground, an improved offensive line and the strength and speed of runnerbacks Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson have had great results so far.

The defensive line is also improved. All of the defensive players have made a great effort to keep Buffalo's defense ranked as one of the top 6 in the league; some outstanding work has been done by Paul Posluszny, Terrence McGee, Jabari Greer, Aaron Schobel, among others. This is a very big difference when compared to the previous couple of seasons, when Buffalo's defense was steadily ranked among the bottom 3 of the league.

Of course, last but not least, the special teams have been performing well. This is not uncommon; in fact during the last few seasons, the special teams in Buffalo have had a very high performance under the direction of special teams coordinator Bobby April.

This might be the year in which we can witness the long-awaited return of the Buffalo Bills to the elite group of teams contending in the playoffs. Hopefully that will be the case, although it is still early in the season and there's still a long way to go before calling the current year a successful one. But, even if they don't manage to go all the way to the superbowl, at least giving their fans a playoffs ticket for this season would be good for now.


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