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2011 Bills recap and playoff predictions

Posted By Norm Duhamel On Jan 13 2012 @ 7:56 am In Buffalo Bills | 2 Comments

What did Bills fan learn from this season?

We learned that without any significant offensive injuries, the Buffalo Bills that started the season 5-2 can score points and win games. We also learned that with or without defensive injuries that the Bills defense need significant work. The defense gave up a franchise worst 5,938 yards, also allowed 434 points, the second most in team history.

As predicted, George Edwards was let go as defensive coordinator and replaced by Dave Wannstedt. This would appear to be an upgrade as Wannstedt spent time in Chicago and Miami as a head coach. I guess with a franchise lows on defense anything will be an upgrade. I strongly believe that if the defense could have stolen a few games this year that the Bills would be in the playoffs. How many times did the Bills start behind the eight ball this year? It was so frustrating watching and I can only image how frustrating it was for Fitzpatrick having to go out there and score every drive just to stay in the game. With that said, during the 7 game losing streak the offense seemed to have missed the memo about scoring points. Buffalo was only able to muster up 76 points, something they were able to accomplish in their 2 first games.

As I write this blog, I would love to hate on Buffalo for giving us a 12th straight season without a playoff appearance, for giving us false hope and empty promises, but I just can’t. What’s the point of hating when all it will cause is grief and make me not enjoy something I love  doing for 1 day a week for 4 months of the year. Don’t get me wrong it’s frustrating and disappointing that the Bills lose year after year, but the day will come when the Bills will win again and those years are going to feel amazing knowing that we were behind our team during those rough years. But one request… can we make those good years start next year. Thank you!

I could go on about how the Bills need to resign Stevie Johnson, Scott Chandler, extend Fred Jackson’s contract and sign some big time players on defense but I think we all know that without these guys we’ll be back to square one.  I do think we’ll see a new Steve Johnson if he returns. He knows he has to be if he wants to play, I would put something in his contract that would forbid him from touchdown celebrations.

I’ll be blogging about any big Buffalo news until the Super Bowl is over then I’ll start my top 5 again. Don’t worry Bills nation, Buffalo will be better next year, their schedule seems easier, but….. I seem to say that every year.


Playoff Predictions:

I missed this pass weekend and I don’t think anyone would have predicted the Broncos to beat the Steelers and here goes my predictions for the rest of the year. What are yours?

40-24 Patriots over Broncos
24-10 Ravens over Texans

42-35 Packers over Giants
30-17 Saints over 49ers

21-10 Ravens over Patriots
52-42 Saints over Packers

35-21 Saints over Ravens

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