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Buffalo Bills

2009 record: 6-10 (Last in AFC East)
Bucky Brooks
Offense will show signs of improvement under new coach Chan Gailey, but Bills will still land in division cellar.
Prediction:  4-12, last in AFC East
Vic Carucci
Chan Gailey could be a coaching upgrade, but he can't overcome the lack of a legitimate starting quarterback and offensive line problems.
Prediction:  2-14, last in AFC East
Pat Kirwan
Could be tough year for Bills, who changed coaches, lost their leading receiver and top pass rusher, and have banged-up backs.
Prediction:  4-12, last in AFC East
Jason La Canfora
QB and LT situations are scary. Roster is overloaded at some positions, woefully thin at others. At least C.J. Spiller will entertain.
Prediction:  2-14, last in AFC East
Michael Lombardi
My lock to have the first pick in the 2011 draft; welcome to Buffalo, Jake Locker.
Prediction:  2-14, last in AFC East
Steve Wyche
QB, offensive line and running back are all issues. They have nice pieces on D, but didn't upgrade as much as the competition.
Prediction:  3-13, last in AFC East
2009 overall ranking on offense for the Bills, who drafted RB C.J. Spiller in hopes of climbing the charts.
Trent Edwards
The Bills thought they had discovered their franchise quarterback of the future when they grabbed Edwards in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. However, the jury is still out on Edwards' potential after watching his up-and-down performances over 30 career starts. Although the revolving door at offensive coordinator (three in his brief career) hasn't helped his plight, the pressure is on Edwards.
Lee Evans
The seventh-year pro has toiled in relative anonymity throughout his career but has emerged as the team's No.1 receiver over the past few seasons. A swift speedster with outstanding acceleration, Evans specializes in producing big plays. Although his explosiveness has been diffused by the Bills' quarterback woes, Evans should re-emerge as a deep threat in Chan Gailey's wide-open offense.
Spiller will get his touches
C.J. Spiller is considered by many as the most explosive player in the rookie class, and he'll have a chance to prove it this season. He'll open Week 1 in a prominent role for the Bills and will get his share of opportunities to produce attractive fantasy numbers for owners.
Three pivotal games
Sept. 26 at New England
The Bills have lost 13 consecutive games to the Patriots, but nearly pulled off the upset in Week 1 last season. In their second road game, the Bills will get another chance for an upset at Gillette Stadium. A win here -- or even just keeping it close -- would say a lot about the job new coach Chan Gailey has done with the team.
Oct. 31 at Kansas City
Gailey likely has this matchup circled in red on his calendar after coach Todd Hailey let him go as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator during the 2009 preseason. Now Gailey has the chance to stick it to his former boss when the Bills travel to Kansas City. What's that old adage about revenge being a dish best served cold?
Nov. 7 vs. Chicago (in Toronto)
The Bills are still looking for their first regular-season win in Toronto's Rogers Centre. The team will host the Bears there in Week 9 in what should be a homecoming of sorts for Chicago DL Israel Idonije, who grew up in Manitoba, Canada, and played two seasons for the CFL's Ottawa Roughriders. This is also the Bills doing their part to expand the NFL.


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