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Buffalo Bills 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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2011 record: 4-12 (Fourth in AFC East)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    The Bills’ free-agent spending spree pays off with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson spearheading a championship-caliber defense, but the inconsistent play of Ryan Fitzpatrick will keep them out of the postseason tournament.
    Prediction: 9-7, second in AFC East

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    The Bills spent a lot of money in free agency to upgrade their pass rush; pricey additions Mario Williams and Mark Anderson should provide an immediate boost. If they can get steady play from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, they'll be in the mix for a wild-card berth.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in AFC East

  • Adam Schein

    I'm buying Buffalo. I think Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Mark Anderson will form the best defensive line in the entire league. Fred Jackson and Eric Wood are healthy after being injured during last year's second-half fold.
    Prediction: 10-6, third in AFC East

  • Steve Wyche

    The front four will help a potentially explosive offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick has to cut back on interceptions.
    Prediction: 10-6, second in AFC East

In The Spotlight
Mario Williams | #94 | DE

The Bills believe Williams should help -- significantly -- a defense that couldn’t stop the run or keep opponents from scoring. Williams’ vow: he’ll get into the offensive backfield and his D-line mates will meet him there. That would work.

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3 Pivotal Games
Week 1 at Jets
After an awful finish in 2011, the Bills need another fast start. Ryan Fitzpatrick has a world of pressure on his shoulders, and there's a big test early: finding Stevie Johnson, who surely will be shadowed by Darrelle Revis.
Week 4 vs. Patriots
A year ago, the Bills broke a 15-game losing streak to the Pats. Can they do it again? If the end of this game finds Buffalo having a successful first month, it likely means rookie CB Stephon Gilmore and the pass rush are as good as the Bills hope.
Week 12 at Colts
This isn’t a pivotal game because of the opponent as much as the schedule. The Bills leave the (cold and snowy?) confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium just once after Week 12. If they’re contending at this point, that home-field edge should play in their favor.

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