The Bills were 7-9 in 2008 both straight up and against the NFL odds. A better showing could be in the cards for Buffalo in 2009.
NFL odds on Buffalo are sometimes difficult to predict. The Bills have a roster that has enough talent to win but they are inconsistent. That could probably be attributed to their coach Dick Jauron who begins his fourth season at the helm of the Bills. If Buffalo does not make the playoffs in 2009 it could be the last year for Jauron in Buffalo.
The Bills added some other players in the off-season as sports betting information shows in addition to Owens. They picked up two offensive linemen in Geoff Hangartner and Seth McKinney. They also added running back Dominic Rhodes. They did lose offensive tackle Jason Peters as sports betting info shows, and that could be a huge blow to their line. The draft didn’t address that need either as they took defensive end Aaron Maybin from Penn State.
The Bills started great last season going 5-1 against the NFL odds at the sportsbook but they collapsed down the stretch. Trent Edwards played well at times last season while J.P. Losman was inefficient. Losman has since been released and is headed to the UFL. The Bills were only 23rd in the league in points scored last season as NFL odds statistics show but they are hoping the addition of Owens will change that number substantially. With Owens and Lee Evans, the Bills have some serious downfield threats for Edwards. If Marshawn Lynch can stay healthy, the Bills have a chance to be much better offensively than they were a year ago.
The defense for Buffalo was just average in 2008, ranking 14th in the league in points allowed. Buffalo added Aaron Maybin in the draft and he could combine with a healthy Aaron Schobel to give the Bills a solid defensive front.
2009 is a critical year for Buffalo. Jauron is not likely to survive another non-playoff season. The addition of Owens has raised expectations for the Bills in terms of NFL odds at the sportsbook. The problem for Buffalo is that they play in the AFC East with New England, last year’s division winner Miami, and the Jets. Wins won’t be easy in that division but the Bills should be fun to follow in NFL odds with T.O. on the team in 2009.