The 2022 NFL season is fast approaching, with all the teams making preparations for the first training camps of the upcoming campaign. Fans’ excitement grows daily, and the players from the 32 NFL franchises cannot wait to get back on the field. This is especially true of the Buffalo Bills, who are the hot favorites for Super Bowl glory with the best Vegas betting sites online. The Bills have never won football’s most coveted prize. Is that all set to change?
The Buffalo Bills have navigated their way to the Super Bowl on four occasions. Indeed, they were present at the Super Bowl in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993 but were the losing side all four times; the Bills have not reached the NFL’s biggest stage since losing 30-13 to the Dallas Cowboys some 29 years ago.
Bills fans thought they were Super Bowl bound in 2020 when their beloved team topped the AFC East with a 13-3 record. The Bills then beat the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens to set up a Divisional Playoff with the Kansas City Chiefs, which they lost 38-24.
Last season saw the Bills finish the regular season with an 11-6 record, which was still enough to win the AFC East title. They demolished the New England Patriots 47-17 in the Wild Card game but lost 42-36 to 2020’s nemesis, the Kansas City Chiefs, in overtime to end their season prematurely.
Adding Experience to the Roster
Can the Bills live up to the preseason hype, is the question on everyone’s lips. They have a talented roster that is both solid on offense and defense, but there remain questions regarding the BIll players’ mentality.
Two key additions to the Bills roster could be game-changers. They brought in Rodger Saffold from the Tennessee Titans. Saffold started all 17 games at left guard for the Titans and was exceptional. So much so that he was named the Offensive Player of the Year after blocking so much of the season for Derrick Henry, who went on to rush for 2,000 yards, becoming only the eighth NFL player in history to do so in a single season.
The Titans released Saffold on March 10, 2022, and the Bills snapped him up four days later.
Von Miller is another crucial addition to the Bills squad. The 33-year-old, eight-time Pro Bowl selection has the most career sacks of any active player in the NFL. Miller was outstanding for the Los Angeles Rams as they marched to Super Bowl glory last season, earning Miller a coveted Super Bowl ring.
Two days after Saffold joined the roster, Miller signed for the Bills, signing a six-year deal worth a whopping $120 million. Having a player with Miller’s experience in your side is never a bad thing.
While Saffold and Miller are edging towards the end of their careers, the Bills have a plethora of young talent in their midst, not least their quarterback Josh Allen. Now 26-years-old, Allen has begun putting in performances worthy of a starting quarterback. In 2020, Allen enjoyed a 69.2% pass completion rate and threw for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns. Last season was slightly less, yet he managed 36 touchdowns and 4,407 yards from 409 completed passes.
If Not The Bills, Who?
The Bills go into preseason as the early favorites, but you cannot ever write off the chances of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially now Tom Brady has performed a U-turn on his retirement. Any team with Brady pulling the strings has every chance of becoming a Super Bowl champion, so discard the Buccaneers’ chances at your peril.
Kansas City Chiefs are another team who will have a significant say on where the 2022 Super Bowl calls home. As will defending champions the Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay Packers. Realistically, five or six teams could lay claim to being the best in the NFL, which makes an excellent spectacle for neutral fans.