The waiting is over. The 2008 season is finally upon us as the Bills get set to host the Seahawks in their season opener on Sunday afternoon. It's been a long offseason, filled with much hype, and much stress. The draft, mini-camps, and training camp all came and went- all without Jason Peters, which is where the offseason stress came from.
As of Saturday, Peters was back with the team, finally ending his 43-day holdout. He is arguably one of the biggest tangibles heading into the season and his presence only enhances the team's aspirations of ending an eight-year playoff drought and finally making the post-season in 2008.
Peters wasn't the only player to cause stress this offseason, as the team's star running back, Marshawn Lynch also garnered attention for a hit-and-run accident in late May. However, the team seems unscathed by the incident, and Marshawn looks as primed as ever to to build upon his exceptional freshman season.
The team upgraded its roster on both sides of the ball bringing in talented rookies from the draft, along with proven veterans from free agency. They got better where the needed to get better, and that will show on the field. There shouldn't be any more excuses for this team, they have all the necessary tools and execution is the only task left.
To be honest and fair, this 2008 Buffalo Bills team has the most legitimate chance at the post-season. They've re-built a team from the ground-up, and after years of waiting, Bills fans may finally get the satisfaction of mattering in the NFL once again.
In an AFC where the Patriots have (hopefully) hit their peak and start their descent downwards- newer, and younger teams are emerging. The Bills are one of those teams. With a smart head coach, and a talented, dedicated team, I think the Bills will finally make their statement to the league.
The Bills will be a different team than most good teams in the NFL this season. They won't be the flashy and over-hyped. They will do what they need to do and be under-the-radar good this season. Not quite under-dogs, because their talent matches that of most NFL teams, but they certainly won't be an unstoppable force.
The speculation can finally end when the ball is first kicked on Sunday afternoon. Did the Bills do enough this offseason? Will all the pieces fall into place to make a post-season run? The NFL is as unpredictable as ever, and only time will tell for the Bills.
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