Note from DouBle B: The muthaeffin’ NFL season is upon us!…on September 4th at least. Before the regular season kicks off we’ve got some predictions from Brent “The Hawk” Walker, starting with the AFC East. Look for the AFC North estimates on Monday or Tuesday. The plan is to have all eight divisions up before the regular season starts.
Without further ado, behold the power of Hawk’s 2014 NFL Preview: AFC East Edition
UPDATED 9/1: for other divisions just click on the name below:
“Win it for Wilson” will be the motto for the Bills this year. Ralph Wilson that is. Owner of the team for an incredible 54 years before passing away last March at age 95. This is an up and coming team full of young talent like EJ Manuel, Robert Woods, and now their electric 4th overall pick Sammy Watkins, who broke numerous school receiving records during his career at Clemson. Manuel showed flashes of potential last year but missed several games due to injury, symptoms of a piss poor offensive line that gave up 48 sacks. He got hammered, and often. Buffalo drafted 3 offensive lineman to try to correct it.
Believe it or not this team was in the top 10 in terms of yards allowed last season, with a sack friendly defense that had the 2nd most in the NFL. Losing Kiko Alonso for the year to a torn ACL will be a huge blow though. He was a candidate for defensive rookie of the year last season.
Manuel has better weapons now with the signings of Mike Williams and Watkins, in addition to Woods who set a Bills franchise rookie record with 40 grabs last year. If the line gives Manuel protection, I predict a much improved team from last years 6-10 record. They’ll still fall just short of the playoffs.