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Why the Buffalo Bills finally have a chance to contend

The Buffalo Bills finished the season with a 6-10 record (©GettyImages)
The Buffalo Bills finished the season with a 6-10 record (©GettyImages).

The Buffalo Bills haven’t enjoyed much success in recent years. Actually that’s quite the understatement.

We are talking about a team that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 1999. And the fact that the Bills have had to toil (and I really mean toil) in a division with consistent contenders like the New England Patriots hasn’t helped.

But enough with the roast Buffalo fans, your future looks quite bright and the light might start to shine through as soon as this season. The pieces are in place for the Bills to be a quality team. They have the young quarterback for their future in EJ Manuel, the tough defense headlined by Mario Williams and their young stud Kiko Alonso.

But now they have a new toy to add to the mix, rookie receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins brings a good looking resume to the NFL and all the tools to be a star like Julio Jones in Atlanta.

If Manuel can stay healthy and play a grade above how he did last year in his 10 appearances, the Bills have a legitimate chance to be a solid team in a wide open AFC East division.

Now of course, the Patriots, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins will not be simply handing over that chance but it is there. Buffalo showed last year that they can run the ball as well as anyone in the NFL when CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson are healthy and the line blocks well.

Their young and talented defensive tackle Marcell Dareus also showed that he is a difference maker when he is on the field. The first few games may be rough, but expectations will be higher from this point on - we will have to see if they answer the call in September.

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