After Three Weeks, are the Buffalo Bills AFC East Favorites?

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Germano-USA TODAY NETWORK
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Germano-USA TODAY NETWORK /

The Buffalo Bills entered the 2020 season with hopes of winning their first AFC East title since 1995, and through three weeks that still looks possible.

The Buffalo Bills made several moves over the course of the 2019 offseason to set them up for a chance to win the AFC East. However, the most important move that helped the Bills was Tom Brady’s move from the Patriots to the Buccaneers.

Now, through three weeks the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 and are one game ahead of Cam Newton and the new-look New England Patriots. Not only are the Bills 3-0, but Josh Allen looks like a legitimate MVP candidate.

Through week three Allen has thrown 10 touchdowns, good enough for second in the NFL behind Russell Wilson, 1,038 yards, second behind only Dak Prescott, and has completed 71.1% of his passes, good enough for sixth in the NFL, all that with only one interception through three weeks.

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Allen has been incredible through three weeks of the 2020 NFL season, and if he keeps it up, the Bills could potentially have their first league MVP since Thurman Thomas in 1991, and their third in franchise history.

When you group that with their defense who is believed to be among the best in the NFL, the Bills have a real shot to win their 11th AFC East title in franchise history. The question is; can they do it?

The Bills hold a 25-35 record against AFC East opponents since 2011 and have won four games in a season against AFC East opponents, only twice over that span. So while the Bills have arguably their best team since 1995 and the AFC East might be it’s weakest since before Tom Brady joined the division, the Bills have yet to show that they can be competitive within the AFC East as of late.

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The good news is, the Bills are already 2-0 against AFC East opponents this season, but they have yet to play their biggest divisional opponent; the Patriots. The Bills’ first game against the Patriots will come in week eight as Buffalo will have the opportunity to turn a page and breakthrough in the division.