The Bills were close to the Super Bowl in 2021 before a tight overtime game against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs took them out of the running. However, the Bills will certainly bounce back with three core elements of their team.
Josh Allen has shown tremendous improvement after every season and in 2021 he put up a completion rate of 63.3%, with 4,407 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a passer rating of 92.2.His great accuracy and scrambling abilities create for a talented quarterback that will also keep the defense on their toes.
Up and Coming Receiving Corps:
Josh Allen doesn't produce at the level he does without his receivers. Ever since the acquisition of Stefon Diggs during the 2020 offseason, along with the emergence of two young receivers in Gabriel Davis and Khalil Shakir, the Bills offense has never been better.
All these receivers have put up above average stats. Last season Stefon Diggs ended up with 103 receptions, 1,225 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns, which puts Josh Allen in elite company.
Gabriel Davis is a youngster at only 23 years old. He was injured for a short bit in 2021, but still managed to achieve 35 receptions, 549 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns, but those are all good numbers for a wide receiver number two and this shows a bright future for Gabriel Davis.
Khalil Shakir is a promising rookie with a lot of talent to show. His senior year playing for Boise State showed that he was worthy of being drafted. His 2021 college stats showed 77 receptions, 1,117 receiving yards, and at the combine he had a fast 4.43 second 40-meter dash. There is a lot to look forward to in Shakir’s future.
Last but certainly not least, you have tight end Dawson Knox. He is another young player with great potential. He is 25 years old and PFF ranks him in the top 15 out of all tight ends in the NFL. He had 49 receptions, 587 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns last season, which are extraordinary stats for a tight end.
Number One Defense in the NFL… with a New Superstar:
Last season, experts ranked the Buffalo Bills as the number one defense in the NFL. During this offseason, they made some notable signings. The Bills defensive stats last season were as follows:
- They allowed a total of 4.6 yards per play,
- 163 passing yards per game,
- 4.65 passing yards per play,
- 16.7 first downs per game,
- 17 points per game,
- 272.8 yards per game
Their most notable signing was definitely veteran defensive end, Von Miller. His 2021 season was with the Los Angeles Rams in which he put up 31 combined tackles, 8 assists, and 5 sacks. Von Miller will be a game changing addition to the Bills roster because he had speed and strength. With Miller's defensive ability, he has recorded 11.6% for his pressure rate and is ranked by PFF as the 11th best defensive end in the league. As a veteran he can also train and mentor the younger defenders.
Kaiir Elam, whom the Bills drafted, obtained 39 combined tackles, one for a loss, 11 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery during his senior year at the University of Florida. Elam was also a semi-finalist for the Thorpe award after his sophomore year, an award given to the best defensive back in NCAA football.
With the additions of Von Miller and Kaiir Elam to an already astounding defense, the Bills will be a difficult team to score on.
All in all, the Bills have a great chance at making Super Bowl XXIII. In fact, according to the Miami Herald and multiple other betting sources, the Bills have +650 odds to make the Super Bowl, This means that compared to the other 31 NFL teams they have the number one chance at making it. The Bills have a brilliant quarterback that improves everyday, three talented receivers as well as a top tier tight end, and a remarkable defense. In conclusion, it is right to believe that the Buffalo Bills will be a force to be reckoned with and they have the number one chance of a Super Bowl appearance.