After an inconsistent start to the season, the Bills have gained momentum at the best possible time. Here’s why Buffalo will lift the Lombardi Trophy.
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The Buffalo Bills are one of eight remaining franchises left to battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy. They have not reached the Super Bowl since 1994, when Jim Kelly & co. experienced a fourth consecutive Super Bowl defeat.
Since then, it hasn’t been the best of times for Buffalo fans. However, things are certainly looking up. We outline three reasons why the Bills are a match for any remaining team in the NFL this season and why a Super Bowl victory could be on the horizon as a result.
Reason 1: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!
After some blips, the Buffalo Bills are probably stronger than they ever have been under Head Coach, Sean McDermott.
Last season, it seemed like it was plain sailing for the Bills. As they bulldozed their way through the regular season, they were lured into a false sense of security. Buffalo ended the regular season 13-3 with little to worry about.
A narrow victory against Indianapolis in the Wild Card Round followed by a Divisional Round win against Baltimore set the Bills up for their Conference Championship game against Kansas City.
The Chiefs demolished the Bills, 38-24. A great game for neutrals, but one which definitely hurt the Buffalo faithful. It marked the end of their 2020/21 campaign.
The current season has been a more humbling one for the Bills. Their regular season performances were inconsistent, resulting in an 11-6 record.
Buffalo’s first hurdle came in Week 1 when they suffered a 23-16 defeat to Pittsburgh. Four consecutive victories followed, which then led to a second defeat at the hands of the Titans.
From then, the Bills had a very shaky and inconsistent October and November. They bounced back though. As the saying goes, ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’. The Bills will now be hungrier than ever for success after showing signs of weakness at an earlier stage of the season and putting it right.
A 47-17 thrashing of the Patriots puts the Bills in good stead ahead of their box office clash with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Reason 2: Newfound running game
Josh Allen has been getting a tonne of credit this season, and rightly so. He is branded as a star quarterback for a reason.
However, it is important to look at Buffalo’s running back position as an area of significant importance this season. The Bills had been switching between Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in recent seasons to find the winning formula. Now, it looks like Buffalo may have found it.
In the first few weeks of the season, the worry for Bills fans was a heavy reliance on Josh Allen running the ball himself. From October 10 to December 12, Devin Singletary didn’t surpass 52 rushing yards in any game.
However, since then, Singletary has found his game. He has gained a minimum of 80 yards on the ground in four of his last five appearances and is now full of confidence heading into the business end of the season.
If Buffalo are to reach the Super Bowl, it cannot just be Josh Allen performing to expectations. Others need to step up to the plate, which is exactly what Devin Singletary has done in recent weeks. As a result, Buffalo look like a huge threat in offense.
Reason 3: Tables are turning on the Bills-Chiefs matchup
The Chiefs were responsible for the Bills’ downfall last season in their Conference Championship game. It was a sore one to take.
This season, the Bills got revenge with a Week 5 victory over the Chiefs at the Arrowhead Stadium. This signalled a change in momentum and will have undoubtedly boosted the confidence of the Buffalo camp ahead of their next meeting.
Now, the Chiefs stand in their way of another Conference Championship game. The two meet for their Divisional Round clash on Sunday.
The Bills were 2.5-point underdogs in the Week 5 matchup. They are currently 1.5-point underdogs for Sunday. If they can record a win on the road as underdogs in Week 5, why can’t they on Sunday?
The Kansas City Chiefs are arguably the strongest team remaining this season and the sportsbook odds reflect this (+400 at Caesars). If the Bills can get past them on Sunday, it’s an open field on the home straight to Super Bowl glory.
Current Super Bowl 56 Odds
With eight teams remaining, here are the updated Super Bowl 56 odds at Caesars Sportsbook:
|Green Bay Packers||+375|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+400|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+550|
|Los Angeles Rams||+750|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1100|
The Bills are currently +500 to win the Super Bowl. Therefore, a $100 bet would win $600.