Buffalo Bills NFL Season Recap

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Well, I guess the Buffalo Bills weren’t a team of destiny after all. Though they enjoyed one of the finest seasons in franchise history to reach their first AFC Championship game since the 1993 campaign, the goal of a Super Bowl was stopped by the Kansas City Chiefs, putting an end to their eight-game winning streak and leaving them wondering what might have been. The Bills look like they can be a contender in the AFC for the next several years thanks to the emergence of Josh Allen, who put up MVP-type numbers for the NFL’s second-highest scoring offense during the regular season.

Buffalo Bills Season Review

If it wasn’t for Kansas City the Bills would likely be the kings of the AFC. Half of their four losses this season were to the defending champions, including a 38-24 setback in the AFC Championship that ended their season. The Bills also lost 26-17 in Week 6 of the regular season. That defeat turned out to be a big deal since the Chiefs finished one game better in the overall standings to earn the first-round playoff bye and home field advantage.

The Bills have a strong foundation that leads most to believe they can remain a top team in the conference and the league for years to come. And the 2020 campaign turned out to be a fruitful one despite ending short of the ultimate goal. No Buffalo team won more regular season games than this group. Their 13-3 record matched what the Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith clubs accomplished in 1990 and 1991. Those squads eventually made it to the Super Bowl only to lose on the biggest stage.

And we’ve watched the Bills progress under the direction of Sean McDermott. Three seasons ago they won six games and rebounded to win 10 times in 2019. They claimed their first AFC East title since 1995 dethroning the New England Patriots and they won their first postseason game since knocking off Miami in a wild card matchup in 1995.

The big story was the continued development of Allen. Many of the so-called experts scoffed when the Bills selected the strong-armed QB with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft. He didn’t have the background playing in the Mountain West Conference at Wyoming. But he does have the arm, and he showed it off this season. Completing fewer than 59 percent of his passes with 30 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over his first two seasons, Allen blossomed in 2020. He completed 69.2 percent of his throws for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns to rank among the top-5 in each category.

The acquisition of Stefon Diggs proved to be the biggest move of the offseason. Diggs and Allen had an immediate connection to fuel the NFL’s second-best passing game. Both players set a number of team records and Diggs emerged as the top receiver in the league with 127 receptions and 1,535 yards. For the first time since 1992 the Bills finished among the top-5 in scoring and total offense ranking second in both categories.

Buffalo’s place among the AFC’s elite was in question in the middle of the season. After opening with four straight wins, the Bills hit a rough patch losing back-to-back games to Tennessee and Kansas City falling to 4-2. A lackluster 18-10 win over the Jets didn’t instill a lot of confidence, but it was a win that started a surge making the Bills the hottest team entering the playoffs. Starting with that victory, the Bills won nine of 10 to close the regular season earning payouts in each of their last eight contests. They ended the season as the most profitable team in the NFL going 11-5 ATS.

The Bills could have closed the season with 10 straight wins if not for a desperation heave in the Arizona desert in Week 10. On a play now known as the “Hail Murray” they were subdued 32-30 by the Cardinals on the game’s final play. At that point the Bills were neck and neck with the Dolphins at the top of the AFC East standings. That could have been a devastating loss, but the Bills didn’t let it affect them. They won their final six games all by at least 10 points.

Hosting their first postseason game since 1996, the Bills ended a six-game playoff losing streak getting past Indianapolis 27-24, in the wild card round. A strong defensive effort against the Ravens earned Buffalo a 17-3 win in the divisional round sending them to the AFC title tilt. Unfortunately, the group wasn’t up to the task against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. They do have a measuring stick heading into 2021 and will look to build a stop group that can slow down KC’s explosive unit.

After having the second-best scoring defense and third-best overall group in the NFL in 2019, the group slipped to the middle of the pack in 2020. Buffalo ranked 14th in total defense and allowed 23.4 points per game to place 16th. The Chiefs totaled 439 yards in the AFC Championship with Mahomes throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. For the second time in the 2020 season the Bills couldn’t keep up with the defending champs, but they are close. “It’s going to fuel us. I have no doubt in my mind that we will be back,” Allen said after the season-ending loss.

Buffalo Bills Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs New York Jets W 27-17 1-0
Week 2 at Miami Dolphins W 31-28 2-0
Week 3 vs Los Angeles Rams W 35-32 3-0
Week 4 at Las Vegas Raiders W 30-23 4-0
Week 5 at Tennessee Titans L 16-42 4-1
Week 6 vs Kansas City Chiefs L 17-26 4-2
Week 7 at New York Jets W 18-10 5-2
Week 8 vs New England Patriots W 24-21 6-2
Week 9 vs Seattle Seahawks W 44-34 7-2
Week 10 at Arizona Cardinals L 30-32 7-3
Week 11 BYE WEEK
Week 12 vs Los Angeles Chargers W 27-17 8-3
Week 13 at San Francisco 49ers W 34-24 9-3
Week 14 vs Pittsburgh Steelers W 26-15 10-3
Week 15 at Denver Broncos W 48-19 11-3
Week 16 at New England Patriots W 38-9 12-3
Week 17 vs Miami Dolphins W 56-26 13-3
Wild Card Round vs Indianapolis Colts W 27-24 13-3
Divisional Round vs Baltimore Ravens W 17-3 13-3
Conference Championship at Kansas City Chiefs L 24-38 13-3
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Bills Past Seasons (2000)

2020 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2019 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2018 6-10 None
2017 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2016 7-9 None
2015 8-8 None
2014 9-7 None
2013 6-10 None
2012 6-10 None
2011 6-10 None
2010 4-12 None
2009 6-10 None
2008 7-9 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 7-9 None
2005 5-11 None
2004 9-7 None
2003 6-10 None
2002 8-8 None
2001 3-13 None
2000 8-8 None

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