Going into this upcoming season, The Buffalo Bills as an organization and Bills Mafia alike are in unfamiliar territory. The Bills are no longer the hunter, they’re being hunted. During the drought era, Buffalo was a mockery, laughingstock, and barely even considered to be the hunter. Now Buffalo is the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl with the betting favorite for the league MVP as its quarterback.
Josh Allen Wins First MVP (Hopefully)!
Coming out of Wyoming, Josh Allen was seen as the biggest project regarding the quarterback prospects but had the highest ceiling. He had all the characteristics of a top prospect with the size and arm strength but the few number of snaps he received in college and accuracy issues caused major pause from general managers. I remember a specific quote saying, “If Josh Allen works then the Bills will have outsmarted the entire NFL.” After his first year, many of those critics seemed to be right as he continued to struggle with accuracy and decision-making early on but now, they’re eating their words.
Allen didn’t have the best supporting cast around him throwing to receivers like a completely washed Kelvin Benjamin, a very young and drop-riddled Zay Jones, and a nobody but fan favorite, Robert Foster. The most threatening weapons Josh had at his disposal were an aging LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and an already aged Frank Gore. Since Allen’s rookie year he has continually made leaps and bounds getting better and better every year proving the Bills indeed had outsmarted the NFL.
Yet again Brandon Beane bet on traits and work ethic believing Josh Allen could and would work on his game to turn him into the player he is today. Allen being the betting favorite for the MVP does not mean he is a lock for the award though. Very rarely does the betting favorite pay off, but no one in their right mind would be surprised if Allen was the one that pulled it off. Other favorites going into the year are two-time reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, three-time league MVP Tom Brady, and former MVPs Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.
Only two players in Bills’ history have won the regular season MVP award, Thurman Thomas, and two-time winner O.J. Simpson. There have been numerous players that deserved to win the award like Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith. If Josh Allen wins the award this year it will be a very nice icing on the cake to what has been a fantastic start to what we all hope is a long career.
Bills’ Potential Offensive Player Of The Year Candidates
Josh Allen- Everything we just discussed about Josh Allen for the league MVP also counts regarding OPOY. In the 2021–2022 year, Josh Allen threw for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns while setting career highs in rushing attempts with 122 and 763 yards. Allen chipped in an additional six rushing touchdowns. In most seasons those numbers would’ve won multiple awards, unfortunately, the timing for Josh didn’t work out but maybe this is the year!
Stefon Diggs- Going into his third year in Buffalo, Diggs has already set many team receiving records. Last year many considered Diggs to have a “down year” even though he finished with a stat line of 103 receptions, 1,225 yards, and a career-high 10 touchdowns. Let me say, to call that a down year for any receiver is disrespectful. Allen and Diggs set the league on fire their first two years together in Buffalo with all expectations for them to continue that trend and if they do, Diggs could very well find himself as a front runner for the award.
Bills’ Potential Defensive Player Of The Year Candidates
Von Miller- let’s get the easy one out of the way. Von Miller or as I will from here on out refer to him as Von “Biller,” has surprisingly never won this award. Since being drafted Von has amassed the most sacks in the NFL but he has also never finished the regular season as the sack leader. These two accolades are the only two things missing from Von Biller’s Hall of Fame resume, but this may be the year he accomplishes both. Von has been on many great defenses but he’s never played in a great Buffalo defense with the cohesiveness this team has.
Tre’ White- Last year was looking like another All-Pro year for Tre causing turnovers and wreaking havoc on the defense. On Thanksgiving night last year, I know I wasn’t alone when my heart sank after seeing Tre go down holding his knee. Thankfully an ACL tear isn’t as bad due to the new sciences used in surgeries. We all know Tre is a fighter and my assumption is he will be back for Week One against the Rams. Watching him line up against Cooper Kupp will be an amazing way for Tre to kick off his player of the year campaign.
The Darkhorse- A quiet name no one has even considered but one that I’d like to bring to light is Gregory “Groot” Rousseau. Groot had a strong rookie campaign compiling 50 total tackles, four sacks, and an interception in the blowout win over the Chiefs during the regular season.
He showed a bunch of flashes last year and now being under Von’s wing, Groot has the opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever do it. I expect Rousseau to have double-digit sacks and make many more splash plays this season with the overall improvement of the defensive line. If Groot takes the step, we all hope he can and will then he and Von could find themselves battling each other for this award.
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