The 2007 NFL season will mark the beginning of a new direction for the Buffalo Bills. What direction is that? I’m not sure anybody knows just yet.
In recent years, the Bills had been a primarily defensive team. With the loss of Nate Clements, London Fletcher, and Takeo Spikes, the defensive force is in serious question. In addition to the losses, 6 year veteran Ryan Denney is out with a foot injury until some time around week 6 of the season. Aaron Schobel, one of the league’s most under rated players, is easily the best Bills defensive player. We’ll see if he can lead the team to play how they have in the past.
The offensive side of the ball is moving in the opposite direction. With the loss of Willis McGahee, a running-back-by-committee style is now in effect. This is a nice change of pace since the last 3 years have featured an arrogant, although talented, running back who wants every carry. Rookie Marshawn Lynch is already in conversations about offensive rookie of the year. He’ll likely share carries with 7 year veteran Anthony “A-Train” Thomas. With last year’s emergence of duo of J.P. Losman and Lee Evans, the offense is hoping to end more drives with touchdowns this year.
Most Buffalo highlights in recent years have come from the Bills special teams. I expect that to remain a strong point of the team.
Like many Bills fans, I am going into the 2007-08 season optimistic. I won’t be too shocked, however, if the highlights of the season end up being the first Bills appearance on Monday Night Football in seven years, and possibly a top draft pick in 2008. At least they’ve still got the AFC’s best punter in Brian Moorman!
Prediction: 9-7 (being very optimistic here)
2007 Buffalo Bills Schedule