Buffalo fans remain cautiously optimistic for their team. The Buffalo Bills’ betting odds place Buffalo as the Super Bowl LVII favorites. The Bills enter their sixth season under coach Sean McDermott and their fifth with Josh Allen as the quarterback. The latter has steadily grown into a perennial MVP contender. In fact, he leads the betting lines for the 2022 season.
Alongside Allen is a slew of Pro Bowl-caliber players on both sides of the ball. Stefon Diggs remains an elite receiver and should lead Bill’s stats in receiving categories. Gabriel Davis is an emerging receiver and the tight end platoon of Dawon Knox and O.J. Howard could be potent. Drafting James Cook, Dalvin’s younger brother, gives Buffalo a much-needed weapon at running back.
On the defensive end, the Bills made headlines by acquiring Von Miller. The former Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Super Bowl Champion is expected to bolster the Bills’ pass rush. It may be a knee jerk reaction to the defense’s collapse against Kansas City in the playoffs, but Miller has proven to be a winner. The All-Pro safety combo of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde should be better along with the front seven.
Does Josh Allen Have Another Gear?
As a young team, Buffalo can peak in 2022. The Buffalo Bills’ betting odds have them coming out of the AFC and winning the Super Bowl, which is no small feat considering how stacked the conference is. Allen will need to play even better, which is hard to imagine. But he was all but unstoppable in the playoffs.
Allen set a playoff record with a passer rating of 149, throwing nine touchdowns to zero interceptions. He became the first NFL quarterback to lead a touchdown-scoring drive on every offensive possession as the Bills annihilated their archnemesis, the Patriots. He and Patrick Mahomes put together one of the most brilliant quarterback duels in the Divisional Round, which ended in anticlimactic fashion thanks to the overtime rules (which have been changed as a result).
If this playoff performance was a glimpse, we can expect Allen to hit another level. He’s the favorite to win MVP when betting on football NFL for a reason. Allen should have great chemistry with new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, who has helped groom Allen into the QB he is now.
Miller Can Push the Pass Rush Even Further
The overtime rules did not help Buffalo’s case, but neither did the defense. Buffalo had the top-ranked defense heading to the Divisional Round, statistically. This unit gave up just 17 points per game and held four teams to single digits. But the writing was on the wall when facing playoff-caliber teams.
Other than the 42 it gave up to Kansas City in the playoffs, the Bills also allowed 41 from Indianapolis, 34 from Tennessee, and 33 from Tampa Bay. Buffalo lost all of these games. It was “feast or famine” for the defense last season as Buffalo either steamrolled their opponents or found itself on the wrong end of a back-and-forth slugfest.
Statistically, Buffalo’s pass rush was solid. The team led the NFL in pressure rate and hurry percentage. But the team was only mediocre in sacks and quarterback hits. Miller has proven not only to be one of the best at getting to the quarterback, but he does it during the big games. That’s what Buffalo is counting on.
Bills Must Navigate Shark-Infested Conference
If Allen plays like he did in the playoffs and the Bills’ defense continues to maul like a juggernaut, Buffalo will need it against the top teams in its conference. The Bills went 6-6 against winning teams last season. This 2022, the Bills have an even tougher schedule. Buffalo has the sixth most difficult schedule in the AFC.
Among its conference games, Buffalo hosts Tennessee and Pittsburgh then visits Baltimore, Kansas City, and Cincinnati. The Bills are also on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champions and the Rams, and welcome the Packers to Orchard Park. The harder part of Buffalo’s schedule is prior to its bye week, Week 7. But the team won’t have any rest from October 30 all the way to the playoffs unless Buffalo earns the top seed in the AFC.
Still, we can expect the team to be favored per the Buffalo Bills’ betting odds. The Bills were favored in 15 of its 19 games last season. Buffalo went 10-5 straight-up and had an 8-5-2 record against the spread (ATS). Returning the same core with some significant upgrades at key positions; Buffalo should be better even if the road to the Super Bowl is just a bit rockier.Follow us on Twitter