The Buffalo Bills enjoyed another strong season in 2021, winning double digit games for the third consecutive year. However, in what has, unfortunately, become a pattern recently, the Bills bowed out of the postseason with a sour taste left in their mouths. For the second straight year, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs handed them a heartbreaking playoff loss. This time, Bills star quarterback Josh Allen traded blows with Mahomes until the Chiefs won the coin flip and scored a touchdown on the Buffalo defense in overtime.
While the loss was undoubtedly a disappointing one, the Bills still have a lot to feel good about. For one thing, they have Allen, who was about as hot as any quarterback down the stretch of the 2021 season. For another, the Bills had the league's number-one ranked defense last season- and they went out and added former Super Bowl MVP and two-time champion Von Miller to the pass rush.
They'll also benefit from the return of All-Pro corner Tre'Davious White, who suffered an ACL tear on Thanksgiving. Put that together and the Bills look the part of a contender in 2022 once again.
That said, here are four way too early predictions for the Bills in the 2022 NFL season.
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Bills Way Too Early Predictions For The 2022 NFL Season
4. Gabriel Davis enjoys a breakout campaign
Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis burst onto the scene during that playoff loss to the Chiefs, exploding for eight catches, 201 yards and a playoff-record four touchdowns in the overtime defeat.
If that wasn't enough to get people excited about Davis, the departure of Cole Beasley and arrival of Jamison Crowder should be enough to do it. Crowder, primarily a slot receiver, should fill Beasley's role admirably, which means that Davis should be free to secure a role on the outside.
Playing alongside Stefon Diggs once again should only serve to help Davis in 2022, as defenses will shift their focus to stop the former Minnesota Vikings wideout. That means that Davis, who has caught 13 touchdown passes in two seasons, could be poised for the best campaign of his career.
Catching passes from one of the best quarterbacks in the business, Davis will eclipse 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022.
3. The Bills pass defense will finish number one in the league in 2022- again
The Bills allowed a league-low 163 passing yards per game in 2021, a whole 24 yards better than the second-ranked New England Patriots. What's even more impressive is that they did it with All-Pro corner Tre'Davious White out for the season's final six games and the postseason.
Davis will be back- and hungry to make his presence felt on defense once again. On the other side, the Bills brought in first-round pick Kaiir Elam, who figures to cement himself as a starter on the outside. Buffalo also has dependable cover corner Taron Johnson to man the slot.
The safety duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer is one of the league's best, shoring up the back end of the secondary. If that wasn't enough, this defense added Von Miller!
The Bills tallied the 11th-most sacks and will now have one of the most prolific sack artists in the league chasing opposing quarterbacks. Look out for the Bills defense in 2022.
They will again finish as the NFL's number-one ranked unit against the pass.
2. Josh Allen will win the NFL MVP award
Bills star quarterback Josh Allen had about as incredible a run as any quarterback in the league down the stretch of last season. Not only did he close out the regular season on a roll, but Allen put on one of the most impressive playoff performances ever seen from a quarterback.
In the two games against the Patriots and Chiefs, Allen threw for a combined 637 passing yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. That is an incredible level of play. Not to mention what Allen is capable of doing with his legs.
In the last two seasons, the Bills star has thrown for at least 4,400 yards and 36 touchdowns. It seems like a matter of time before he eclipses even those lofty numbers. While Allen is past the point of needing an offseason tune-up, early reports out of Bills OTAs told the story of a quarterback who is already locked in.
In his prime at age 26, Allen will author the best season of his career, earning the MVP award in the process.
1. The Bills advance to the Super Bowl
This seems bold, but it's not. The Bills are this close to taking that next step. With one of the best quarterbacks in the league and one of the best defenses behind him, there's no reason why Buffalo can't be one of the last teams standing in January.
When the dust settles on the 2022 NFL season, the Bills will advance to their first Super Bowl since 1993.