1. Where NFL.com placed Buffalo on its playoff predictions list
Several NFL.com analysts weighed in on their favorites to make the playoffs. The Bills made it to the top of the list receiving the most votes for the two AFC Wild Card spots—eight votes in one and nine in the other.
Why Michael Robinson chose the Bills: Sean McDermott has his team in good position heading into November. And with a favorable schedule in the next four weeks (home games against the Redskins and Broncos, away games in Cleveland and Miami), the Bills have a legitimate chance to reach nine wins before Thanksgiving. Buffalo's third-ranked defense has played extremely well at times, and if the offense improves down the stretch, this team could be scary in the postseason.
The Houston Texans were voted No. 2 in the AFC Wild Card spot. The unanimous pick to win the AFC East was the Patriots with 26 total votes. Baltimore was picked to win the AFC North, Indianapolis to win the AFC South and Kansas City was voted to win the AFC West.
2. Bills report card midway through season
USA Today gave each NFL team their report card as team’s head into Week 9. The Bills earned a B and the No. 16 spot as their midseason power ranking.
6. Bills (B): Their methodical rebuild is admirable, but it hasn't progressed enough to render them much more than the fringe playoff outfit they were two years ago. And that won't change until QB Josh Allen takes a significant step forward.
3. Tyler Kroft explains what is unique about tight end room
Tyler Kroft joined One Bills Live to discuss being healthy and getting involved in the Bills offense. Kroft caught his first two passes of the season in Week 8 against the Eagles in his second game back after recovering from a broken foot and injured ankle.
“It was a long offseason, so getting out there and getting that first catch was a lot of fun,” Kroft explained.
Kroft said he felt a lot of support from his team when he was going through rehab. He says the tight ends group is unique in that most are in their first season with the Bills, but have a great relationship with each other.
“I feel like everyone knows their role and everyone embraces their role,” Kroft said. “I don’t think we have a lot of 'me' personalities in that room, which is awesome. We have a lot of guys in there that really care about each other and want each other to succeed. I think that shows up on tape when you see us.”
Kroft likes the way the tight ends are used in the offense under offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
“We do a good job of varying the personnel groups and just trying to keep defenses on their toes,” Kroft explained. “Having them make changes and checks just based on the bigger guys on the field. Obviously trying to put them in uncomfortable situations, but it’s fun when you can get creative with that and see how we can attack the defense.”