The Buffalo Bills have their sights set on a Super Bowl championship in 2022 with a potent offense and a stout defense. Former Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen has established himself as one of the top signal-callers in the league. The Bills and the Miami Dolphins are the only two teams that will battle for the AFC East division crown this year, and we would expect to see NFL betting odds reflect the quality of the Bills, especially during the first half of the season.
Head coach Sean McDermott enters his season with the Bills and has assembled a well-rounded team that looks like a Super Bowl contender. Buffalo will start the season against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, before matchups against the Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans.
The Bills raced to a 5-2 record to start the 2021 season but dropped four of their next six games. However, Buffalo peaked at the right time and reeled off five consecutive victories to reach the second round of the playoffs. But a heartbreaking, last-second loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs ended the Bills' season.
Allen directs an offense with a vast array of weapons, including big-play wideout Stefon Diggs and tight end Dawson Knox. Rookie running back James Cook joins Devin Singletary and Zack Moss to form a lethal backfield. Wide receivers Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, and Jamison Crowder will also be in the mix when Allen puts the ball in the air.
The Bills added eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller to an elite defensive unit, including star tackle Ed Oliver and defensive end Greg Rousseau. Linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano are both run-stuffers, and the Bills boast one of the league's best secondaries with Pro Bowl left corner Tre'Davious White. All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer and rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam round out an impressive group of defensive backs.
The Bills were founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL in 1970 following the AFL–NFL merger. Buffalo won consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965 and advanced to a record-setting four straight Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993. However, from the early 2000s to the mid-2010s, the Bills went 16 years without qualifying for the playoffs.
The home field of the Bills is Highmark Stadium, a football-only facility with artificial turf with a capacity of 71,608.
Buffalo's two most significant rivalries in recent years are the Dolphins and the New England Patriots. Miami leads the all-time series, 61-54-1, but Buffalo has won nine of the past ten meetings. The Patriots lead the all-time series, 77-47-1, but the Bills have won four of the past five meetings.