The Buffalo Bills finish their 2017 season with a crucial (or brutal) stretch of divisional games. Can they close out the season strong?
No NFL team this year has an end to their season quite like the Buffalo Bills. To expand on that, the final three weeks of the season include three divisional games, two of which are on the road.
Two of the three quarterbacks they’re facing are Tom Brady and Andrew Luck. Their opponents include two playoff teams, one of which won the Super Bowl after being down 28-3.
So if the Buffalo Bills want to make the playoffs in 2017, they’re going to have to survive a ridiculous finish that will test just how much they’re improved under head coach Sean McDermott.
Week Fourteen vs Indianapolis Colts
1 PM ET on December 10th at New Era Field (Broadcast on CBS)
Opponent 2016: 8-8 (3rd in AFC South)
Previous Results: 27-14 Bills (Week 1, 2015)
Significant Losses: P Pat McAfee, OLB Robert Mathis, RB Jordan Todman, TE Dwayne Allen, OT Joe Reitz, OLB Erik Walden, CB Charles James, LB D’Qwell Jackson, S Mike Adams
Significant Additions: S Malik Hooker, CB Quincy Wilson, RB Christine Michael, RB Marlon Mack, WR Kamar Aiken
Depending on who you ask, this is either a team either ready to implode or take a big bounce back. There are convincing arguments for both.
On the one hand, you have quarterback Andrew Luck, who remains one of the leagues best. Injuries are taking a toll on him, but he had a great year in 2016 while playing banged up. There’s no reason to think he can’t exceed that fully healthy.
However, Luck’s been propping up a team that’s far worse than two consecutive 8-8 finishes would…
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