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Bills Today | NFL Network believes Bills Mafia deserves the primetime spotlight in 2021


1. NFL Network believes Bills Mafia deserves the primetime spotlight in 2021

There is only one more day until the 2021 NFL schedule gets released. Last season, the Bills had four primetime games originally scheduled, which was the most since 1996. Tomorrow at 8:00 pm, we will find out how many primetime games the Bills will be scheduled to play in and the guys over at Around The NFL on NFL Network think the Bills deserve to play under the lights. Host Dan Hanzus on the Around The NFL podcast noted that the Bills high scoring offense paired with Bills Mafia in the stands would make for perfect primetime television.

"This is going to be about who deserves it, who should be there, and I'll get going on this and I'll start with the Buffalo Bills," Hanzus said. "Who are so fun to watch, especially on offense with Josh Allen coming off an MVP level season. Then think about this and we know with the COVID-19 restrictions, you see it in MLB and the NBA, we're starting to get more fans back in the arenas and the stadiums. I wonder if there's going to be full houses in the NFL, imagine up there in Buffalo and Western New York just going nuts for a Bills team as fun as this. So, throw the Bills in there with their high-scoring offense, Josh Allen and all his magic and then a full house in Buffalo, put that under the lights."

2. Bills 2021 draft class ranked in the top 10 by CBS Sports

Since the end of the draft, the Bills have received good grades for the selections that were made. CBS Sports decided to rank every team's draft class, and writer Ryan Wilson chose his favorite pick, best value pick, and most surprising pick for each squad. The Bills were ranked seventh in the league, and Wilson's favorite pick was one of the three sixth-round selections that the Bills made.

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Favorite pick: Houston's Marquez Stevenson has speed to burn and we love the idea of him joining a wide receiver group that includes Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis. He'll likely be given a chance to step into the John Brown role and we'll be watching to see if even Josh Allen has the arm strength to overthrow him. We had an early Round 6 grade on Stevenson.

Best value: We figured Wake Forest's Boogie Basham would be long gone by the bottom of Round 2 (we liked him as a late first-rounder) and we expect him to be a Day 1 contributor, along with Bills first-rounder Gregory Rousseau.

Most surprising pick: Northern Iowa's Spencer Brown is a mammoth human being and dominated the FCS competition. He also showed well at the Senior Bowl and truth be told, this pick isn't all that "surprising" because we had a mid-fourth-round grade on Brown, who adds much-needed depth to the Bills o-line.

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3. The Bills rank here in The Athletic's latest power rankings

The Athletic came out with its post-draft power rankings and the Bills moved up one spot from their last rankings and sit at number three. NFL writer Sheil Kapadia placed Buffalo right under Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Kapadia thinks that this Bills roster is Super Bowl ready with the help of the coaching staff that is fully intact from last season as well.

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It doesn't take much imagination to look at their roster and think it could be better than the group that went 13-3 last year before losing in the AFC Championship game. The Bills' offense ranked fifth in efficiency, and they return 10 of 11 players who logged at least 500 snaps, while also adding reliable veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Defensively, getting linebacker Matt Milano back healthy (he played just 31 percent of the snaps last year) should make a difference, and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei returns from his opt-out. The Bills could still add a corner, but overall GM Brandon Beane has done a terrific job. This is a Super Bowl-caliber roster that returns head coach Sean McDermott and both coordinators — Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier.


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