The Buffalo Bills Make First Conference Championship in Over 25 Years

  • Brian Daboll
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Cole Beasley
  • John Brown
  • Josh Allen
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Leslie Frazier
  • Sean McDermott.
  • Stefon Diggs
By Steve Kemper January 21, 2021 1 Comment
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The hottest team in the NFL right now is the Buffalo Bills. Heading into their first AFC Championship game in over 25 years, what brought them this sudden success, and what does it mean for their future?

Josh Allen has MVP-Caliber Year

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During his first two seasons in the NFL, Josh Allen was a run-first quarterback with the worst completion percentage in the NFL. The Wyoming star was known for having one of the strongest arms in recent memory. Unfortunately, his inaccuracy issues weren’t translating to success in the pros.

The Bills offense needed a reliable WR1 and got it with Stefon Diggs this offseason. This immediately brought Allen a needed route runner with reliable hands. This was instrumental in the development of Josh Allen.

Instead of relying on deep shots, Brian Daboll drew up playcalling schemes that let Allen throw short routes and spacing concepts. The Bills came out throwing more often on first down than most any team in the NFL. Ultimately, Allen’s development led to the Bills’ first division title since the early nineties.

The Wide Receivers

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Buffalo made a bold move before the 2020 NFL Draft when they acquired a disgruntled Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. The move showed the league that the Bills were serious about being a winning organization. Diggs went on to have one of the best years in Buffalo history for a wide receiver.

He led the league in receptions, yards and developed an uncanny relationship with Josh Allen. Cole Beasley also turned in quite a year as a WR2. For much of the year, Beasley and Diggs’s stats mirrored as top receivers in the league. This gave Josh Allen the best duo in the NFL.

John Brown battled injuries, but when he played, it provided Allen with a legitimate deep threat. Not many quarterbacks can boast the amount of talent that Buffalo’s front office surrounded Allen with, and it led to their success.

The Coaches

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Sean McDermott took over the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and took the team to its first playoff appearance in almost 20 years in his first year as a head coach. He was already well-respected around the league and brought in assistants over the next few years to form one of the strongest coaching staffs in the league.

Brian Daboll has run the offense since 2018 and was instrumental to the development of Josh Allen. He was considered for a few head coaching positions but ultimately will return with the Bills next season. Leslie Frazier is one of the league’s most respected defensive minds with head coaching experience in the league.

When you consider that the Head Coach and both coordinators are gelling the way they are and will all be together for at least one other season in 2021, the Buffalo Bills will likely be one of the best-coached teams in the NFL.

Championship Hopefuls

The Bills go into their first AFC Championship game with the most momentum of any team left standing, considering they have won nine in a row. This weekend’s game in Kansas City will be a rematch of an earlier game where the Chiefs pulled out a close win.

Patrick Mahomes looks like he will pass concussion protocol since he practiced fully this week. This will be must-watch football as two of the league’s hottest offenses go head-to-head for a chance at the Super Bowl.
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Zach from Cuse

January 22, 2021

Great article! Good diagnosis and reporting.

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