Sick of hearing people referring to predictions of a 10-6 season as "optimistic". First of all, you’re a fan – enjoy the time you have to be optimistic and hopeful and get excited. Right now we’re in first place.
Second – thinking the bills will be much improved is far from blind optimism. Stop listening to the ESPN idiots who predict teams will have almost identical records as they did the year before. Its dumb and never happens and none of them have the cajones to put themselves out on a limb.Find me one person in the preseason that thought the 49ers would make a real run last year.
Think that’s an isolated incident? See this well-done post over at Field Gulls: http://www.fieldgulls.com/2012/7/17/3165564/surprise-teams-and-disappointment-teams
The summary: an average of 2.67 teams per year make a jump from 6-10 to 10-6 each season. Here is the list of teams that are hoping they will be in that group this year:
Miami Dolphins, 6-10
Buffalo Bills, 6-10
Cleveland Browns, 4-12
Indianapolis Colts, 2-14
Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-11
Washington Redskins, 5-11
Minnesota Vikings, 3-13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-12
Carolina Panthers, 6-10
St. Louis Rams, 2-14
How many teams in there are more improved than the Bills? Can you make a case for a couple of them having a shot at being among the 2-3 teams this year that history shows will likely make a jump into the playoffs? Probably. But let’s stop pretending the Bills making 10-6 is optimistic. It’s very realistic.It’s time to stop fretting about Fitzpatrick’s skills and climb aboard the Whagon Blaster.
Bills go 11-5 and they beat the Pats twice and end up taking the division by tiebreaker. Bill-ieve it. Oh and the Bills kick the $&*T out of the Jets this weekend, 31-10. Maybin gets knocked out in the 3rd quarter with a bloody lip and doesn’t return. Go Bills.