Sunday’s defeat ended Buffalo’s 2017 season and erased an opportunity to stun the Patriots in Foxborough next week, but this campaign was no failure. The question now is how Buffalo will improve from it.
The biggest uncertainty comes at quarterback, where the team has been looking to move away from two-time Pro Bowler Tyrod Taylor for, seemingly, anyone else. Nathan Peterman was drafted as his heir apparent, but hanging over his head is his spellbinding 14-pass, five-interception starting debut, which doesn’t inspire much confidence about the future. The 2018 draft will have plenty of passers, but the pickings will be slim outside the top 20 where the Bills’ first-round picks land.
Picks, as in plural. Buffalo will hold the 21st and 22nd picks this May, which should give them the latitude to make some immediate improvements. That could include someone to take the weight off McCoy’s shoulders. The veteran back will be 30 years old next season and his 4.0 yards per carry were a career low. A dynamic young runner could help him stay fresh and healthy 锟斤拷 and make an occasionally predictable Bills offense even more dangerous.
Buffalo has its share of issues. Addressing a shoddy pass rush and uneven offense will be the team’s top priorities. Even so, the rest of the team’s strengths were enough to lead the team to an unlikely playoff berth. That’s the kind of foundation from which McDermott can build 锟斤拷 especially if the Patriots are as close to implosion as reports suggest.
Authentic Mens Ondrej Palat Jersey This will mark the third time Blake Bortles starts a postseason game as an underdog in his college/NFL career. Bortles has led his team to an upset win in the previous two games (UCF beat Baylor as 16.5-point underdogs in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, Jacksonville beat Pittsburgh last week as 7-point underdogs).
(The last SU loss was at the Houston Texans on Jan. 3, 2010). The over is 15-4 in those games.
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The Patriots are 2-6 ATS and 4-4 SU in their past eight AFC Championship Games. Prior to this stretch, New England was a perfect 5-0 ATS and 5-0 SU all-time in the AFC title game (3-0 in Brady-Belichick era).
The Jaguars are 0-2 ATS and 0-2 SU all-time in the AFC Championship Game. This includes a 20-6 loss as 7-point underdogs at New England on Jan. 12, 1997.
There have been five teams to win multiple games as a touchdown underdog in a single postseason during the Super Bowl Era. The Jaguars, who won at Pittsburgh as 7-point underdogs last week, have a chance to be sixth team to accomplish Patrick Murray Jersey this feat.