Josh Allen Could Be Potential Difference-Maker For Buffalo Bills In AFC East

The Patriots have won the AFC East 15 of the last 17 years, but Eric Adelson believes the Buffalo Bills are closer to a division title than you think

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October 30, 2018 - 9:30 am
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For most of the 21st century, the New England Patriots have been the crown jewel of the AFC East, winning the division in 15 out of the last 17 years. Through the triple threat dynamic of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, the unrivaled success of the Patriots dynasty has been the envy of every other team in the division for almost two decades.

However, it could be time for a change at the top. Yahoo! Sports writer Eric Adelson thinks it's possible.

“It could be another year where the Patriots basically clinch the division in September, but if there’s a step back, I think the Bills are kind of primed to make a run at that division,” Adelson told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of The Jim Rome Show. “They were a playoff team last year, they are young and getting better, and I like (Sean) McDermott.”

Adelson believes that rookie quarterback Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall pick out of Wyoming, could be a difference-maker in the coming years and eventually shift the balance of power toward the Bills. 

“If Allen steps up and takes control in the way I think he will, watch out for the Bills,” Adelson said. “He can be erratic, but looking at the film, I just think that he has the poise, and certainly the arm, to get there. Now, he could be all over the place — hitting guys in the stands carrying popcorn, but you have to allow for some room for development and learning an offense. I have a feeling that he’s going to be really good there.”

The Bills play five of their first seven games on the road, beginning with a Week 1 tilt in Baltimore. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.