This time of year drags on for me in football land. Now that the team is pretty much set for training camp and us fans are all just waiting for the season to start I thought I would do something a little different. But not altogether different. Instead of the mock drafts that flood the internet prior to mid-April, my own included, I thought I would do a mock season. I'll try to be realistic and not a complete homer in doing so. This includes what cuts I predict to happen, what (if any) additions may come, and of course what games I see the Buffalo Bills winning, losing, or tying and by what score. I'm also going to include some stats that I aimlessly see coming. I'll include any Pro Bowl nods or other awards that may come our teams way. This is all in fun... but I will put down exactly what I think will happen. So don't jump all over me if you think I'm wrong because I inevitably will be (and I know it), but also feel free to give me your own feedback and analysis as well. My first prediction, Mario Williams will wear #94. You heard it here first........joking.
WR1- Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones
WR2- David Nelson, Naaman Roosevelt
LT- Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston
LG- Andy Levitre
RG- Kraig Urbik, Chad Rinehart
TE- Scott Chandler, Lee Smith
LE- Mario Williams, Chris Kelsay
DT- Marcell Dareus, Kellen Heard
DT- Kyle Williams, Spencer Johnson, Alex Carrington
RE- Mark Anderson, Shawn Merriman
MLB- Kelvin Sheppard, Scott McKillop
WLB- Nick Barnett, Bryan Scott
LCB- Terrance McGee, Aaron Williams
K- Rian Lindell, John Potter
P- Shawn Powell
LS- Garrison Sanborn
Week 1: Buffalo Bills 31, New York Jets 10
Mark Anderson records 1.5 sacks. Aaron Williams Returns INT for TD (One of 3 thrown by Sanchez.)
Week 2: Buffalo Bills 20, Kansas City Chiefs 17
CJ Spiller- 100+ rushing yards, Fred Jackson scores both TD's (1 rushing, 1 receiving)
Week 3: Cleveland Browns 14, Buffalo Bills 13
Ryan Fitzpatrick throws 3 INT's, D. Nelson scores only TD. Mario gets his first sack.
Week 4: Buffalo Bills 28, New England Patriots 24
1st loss of NE's season once again comes in Buffalo. Mario Williams records 2 sacks. Fred Jackson 151 tot yards.
Week 5: San Francisco 49ers 17, Buffalo Bills 9
Lindell kicks 3 40+ yard field goals. Donte Whitner records an interception. That's all.
Week 6: Buffalo Bills 23, Arizona Cardinals 16
Steve Johnson- 132 receiving yards, 1 TD. 1 sack a piece for Mario, Mark, and Merriman. (Yes, he is still healthy.)
Week 7: Tennessee Titans 20, Buffalo Bills 14
7 turnovers between both teams. Tennessee wins on a last second kickoff return after a Lindell FG to make it 14-13.
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Buffalo Bills 35, Houston Texans 31
Mario Williams has a huge homecoming, recording 2.5 sacks with a forced and recovered fumble in the 4th quarter.
Week 10: New England Patriots 21, Buffalo Bills 13
Rob Gronkowski scores 3 TD's in the first 3 quarters. Marcus Easley scores the lone Buffalo TD on a 65 yd pass.
Week 11: Buffalo Bills 27, Miami Dolphins 17
1st primetime win in a long time. Fitzpatrick has a 350 yard passing day with 3 TD's. Mario records a sack.
Week 12: Buffalo Bills 28, Indianapolis Colts 21
Rookie Andrew Luck throws 2 TD's and an INT to fellow rookie Stephon Gilmore, returned for a 82 yard TD.
Week 13: Buffalo Bills 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
Mario has a field day with 3 sacks. Fred Jackson rushes for 120 and CJ gets 70 receiving yards. Byrd gets 1 INT.
Week 14: Buffalo Bills 21, St. Louis Rams 20
Chandler gets 2 1st half TD's, the other comes from CJ Spiller. Tough game in bitter cold weather.
Week 15: Seattle Seahawks 24, Buffalo Bills 14
Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 200 yards. Stephon Gilmore and George Wilson get an INT a piece.
Week 16: Buffalo Bills 23, Miami Dolphins 21
Get the sweep of Miami with a big game out of Steve Johnson, who grabs 10 catches for 215 yards and 2 TD's.
Week 17: New York Jets 17, Buffalo Bills 14
Last minute field goal gives the Jets a win in Buffalo, but the Bills still end the season 10-6.
KEY END OF SEASON STATS: Mario Williams- 12.5 sacks, Fred Jackson- 1150 rushing yards + 9 TD's, C.J. Spiller- 789 rushing yards + 6 TD's, Ryan Fitzpatrick- 3233 Passing yards 26 TD/17 INT, Johnson 1109 Rec. yards + 7 TD's
*Stephon Gilmore ends 2nd in Def. Rookie of the Year voting to: Mark Barron, TB
PRO BOWLERS: Mario Williams, Fred Jackson, Jairus Byrd, Eric Wood
AFC Standings: ----- NFC Standings:
1. Houston Texans (12-4) ----- 1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
3. New England Patriots (11-5) ----- 3. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
4. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) ----- 4. San Francisco 49ers (10-6)
6. Buffalo Bills (10-6) ----- 6. Carolina Panthers (9-7)
New York Jets (9-7) ------ New York Giants (8-8)
WILDCARD MATCHUP: New England Patriots 31, Buffalo Bills 17
The good- We finally make it back to the playoffs after the longest current playoff drought.
The bad- We get division rival Patriots in the opening round at Gillette Stadium.
SUPER BOWL MATCHUP: Chicago Bears 27, Houston Texans 21
League MVP: Arian Foster