The Buffalo Bills‘ have some key parts in place, but the X-factor of Coach Doug Marrone‘s first year in the pros will be the quarterback spot.
Weapons like CJ Spiller only come around once in a while, and Buffalo has to take advantage of it. Part of this is just maximizing the amount of touches he gets and another huge part of this is the space created around Spiller as he takes the rock. Much of this could very well depend on how much of a threat the Bills’ quarterback position becomes, for the first time in a while.
ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker set up a poll to vote on whether the Bills would go over or under 7.5 wins in the 2013 NFL regular season, positing: “Buffalo’s roster has talent, but there are still concerns at quarterback. Much of the team’s success will hinge on Kevin Kolb, Tarvaris Jackson or rookie EJ Manuel stepping up.”
I found it an interesting move that he set the line at 7.5, a whole game above what RJ Bell of Pregame.com’s research found to be the Vegas consensus at 6.5 for the Bills. It makes perfect sense that Walker would do this, as people searching for and reading Bills articles have a higher likelihood of being a Buffalo fan than the general gambling public, so let’s handicap it for that bias. Excellent.
Yet, Buffalo still crept close to a majority, with 47 percent taking the over as of Tuesday morning among nearly 6,000 votes.
I’m not saying 8 wins isn’t a possibility — Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore are among a quite a few good young pieces on this defense — but it probably all comes down to whether Kolb stays healthy and plays like he did in early 2012.