The Bills were incredible in the first five weeks of the 2011 season, but it all fell apart for them after their hot start. After a 4-1 start to the season, the Bills lost nine of their last eleven games to end the season at a disappointing 6-10. During that stretch the Bills were losers of seven straight games, including bad losses against the Cowboys, Dolphins and Chargers. Do you think the Bills have a chance to defy the NFL odds this 2012 season?

Getting off to a hot start and then fizzling out to end the season has been a familiar thing for Bills fans. In 2008 Buffalo started the season 4-0, and then lost nine of their last twelve. In 2010 when Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Trent Edwards, the Bills started the season 0-8, and finished the season 4-12. I know that doesn’t involve starting hot, but it shows how bad this team has been in the last eight years.

Getting off to a good start this season will be crucial for Buffalo. Five of their first seven games before their Week 8 bye are against non-playoff teams this season. The only problem is, four of those seven games are on the road, including trips to the Jets and 49ers.

I think the Bills will be better this season. They got Mario Williams through free agency. If he is the player he was before his pectoral injury last season, he will help a horrible defense improve. The Bills also had nine draft picks, including a great cornerback in Stephon Gilmore at #10 overall.

Fitzpatrick and all of his weapons on offense should be fine; it’s the Bills’ defense that will have to step up if the Bills want to have their first winning season since 2004.