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NFL Report Card: Buffalo Bills


Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter @FantasyFlurry your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!


The Bills came into this season with some high expectations, but they failed to meet them. The offense played pretty well led by Tyrod Taylor, who emerged seemingly out of nowhere. He was banged up all season, but missed only two games. He was on the field for all eight wins this season, and only two of his losses were against non-playoff teams. This offense led the NFL in rushing yards per game at 152 with Tyrod, dfLeSean McCoy, and Karlos Williams all doing damage out of the backfield. Their passing attack seemed to lack weapons and creativity, but Sammy Watkins finally became effective in the second half of the season. He was above 80 yards receiving in each of his last six games.

The Buffalo defense may have been one of the biggest disappointments of the season. A great defensive-minded coach comes to a team with defensive play makers all over the field, but it just didn’t work out. The talent often didn’t translate onto the field, but when it did, someone would get a penalty. A Rex Ryan defense somehow only was able to accumulate 21 sacks, which was the second-worst in the league. The majority of the players were either hurt or didn’t like the defensive scheme. One of the few bright spots was rookie cornerback Ronald Darby. He played very well and seems like he has a great future ahead of him. Many people would argue that he was the best rookie corner this season; do you hear that Marcus Peters?

Final Grade: C


Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Bills need to find defensive guys that fit Rex Ryan’s scheme better. This defense would show signs of brilliance, but then they would commit a penalty or give up a big pass. If they can get disciplined, defensive lineman who are natural pass-rushers, this defense could be top-five next season. They have the talent and potential, but this whole team needs to stop beating themselves.

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