It wasn't pretty, but the Buffalo Bills got it done in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys. The win stopped Buffalo from being swept by the NFC West and moved the team to 7-8 on the season. Now, Buffalo will look ahead to Week 17 and attempt to sweep the NY Jets. In doing so, the Bills can spoil New York's season. Following the win, here are 5 things I Billieve.
Buffalo will open 2016 with the best running back trio in the NFL
Bills fans know what LeSean McCoy can do. When he's healthy he's one of the most elusive backs in the NFL. Karlos Williams has shown to be a terrific complement as he's an aggressive runner who doesn't shy away from contact. The rookie from Florida State also has good burst. Now,the Bills have discovered another really good running back in Mike Gillislee. After seeing him play, it's crazy to consider that Gillislee wasn't on a roster when the Bills added him to their practice squad. On Sunday, Gillislee went for 93 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and added 16 yards on two receptions. In his four games with Buffalo, Gillislee has had long runs of 19, 30, 60, and 50. He's shown outstanding burst and vision on the field with the Bills and he's earned a roster spot with the team in 2016.
Buffalo will be loaded at running back in 2016. Hopefully the trio can all stay healthy next season.
Sammy Watkins will reach 1,000 yards
Watkins has 911 yards receiving after adding 84 yards on five receptions on Sunday. With 89 yards to go, Watkins will face off with Darrelle Revis in Week 17. If you look at the stat sheet, it'll appear that Watkins was shut down by the veteran cornerback but that isn't the truth. Watkins found himself open throughout the game but had some drops and passes that weren't thrown his way. In Week 17, Watkins will go to Revis Island and come out with at least 89 yards for the Bills.
The Bills need Ronald Darby in Week 17
It's one thing to defeat Kellen Moore and the Cowboys with Leodis McKelvin, Mario Butler and Ron Brooks. However, in Week 17 the team will need Ronald Darby on the field. The Jets don't lack weapons and Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker will have a field day against the Bills secondary if Darby doesn't play. The Jets are playing for a Wild Card spot so they'll certainly be at their best on Sunday. Buffalo will need Darby to defend one of the receivers next Sunday if Buffalo wants any chance at winning at home.
Dan Carpenter has to go in the offseason
Carpenter has made some big kicks in his tenure with the Bills but he's been one of the worst kickers in the league when it comes to extra point attempts. That was on display again on Sunday when Carpenter missed an extra point attempt following Karlos Williams' touchdown run from one yard out.
Perhaps Buffalo will keep Carpenter around and put him in an open competition, but the best route may be parting ways with the veteran. He played extremely well at times during his tenure with Buffalo, but it looks as though it's time to move on.
Rex Ryan will do everything in his power to spoil New York's season
Ryan has been successful in his career against Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey. He'll have an opportunity to best the duo again next Sunday. In fact, Sunday will be Ryan's Super Bowl of sorts. He'd love to end the 2015 season by sending the Jets home with a Week 17 loss and possibly eliminate the team from the playoffs. Buffalo already has one win over the Jets this season and sweeping his former team would be sweet for many reasons.
Ryan will look to get aggressive against the Jets offense on Sunday in an attempt to slow the team down. Ending the season at 7-9 or 8-8 is a letdown for the Bills but spoiling New York's season would make things a bit better for Buffalo entering the offseason.