After starting the 2011 season with a bang, the Bills slowly and painfully died after Week 5 and never recovered. It’s a new season for the Bills in the AFC East, and they will be looking to build on their hot start to last season, where they beat the Patriots in Week 3. NFL Odds have the Bills as +5800 to win the Super Bowl. Buffalo has made some nice moves in the offseason. Will this help them make it to the playoffs?

One of the best moves the Bills have made this offseason is luring Mario Williams to upstate New York. Williams is still arguably one of the best pass rushers in this league, and for a Buffalo team that was 27th in the NFL in sacks, if healthy, Williams will have an immediate effect.

Other than that, the Bills will continue to improve on their offense that was relatively good in most spots last season. Between Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, they will have the backfield help and Ryan Fitzpatrick should have another close to 4000-yard season, depending on weather.

They drafted well, as the Bills had nine picks in the draft. To help them improve on their horrible pass defense, the Bills got cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 10th overall pick in the draft. Gilmore is one of two corners the Bills drafted in 2012.

 The Patriots will still be the defending AFC champions this season, but for the Bills, I expect much more than a 6-10 season from them. Considering they won four of their first five games last season, and then lost nine of 11 to end the season, I would hope the Bills can be an 8-8 team this season.