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Despite hype, reasons to be wary about 2012 Bills

By Tim Graham

Expectations have soared for the Buffalo Bills. That makes sense for Western New Yorkers, but should the national media buy into the buzz?

Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain examines how the Bills ought to be viewed in light of their remarkable offseason.

Fishbain writes:

"This isn't your normal 'everyone jump on the bandwagon and pick Team X to make the playoffs' like we saw last preseason with the Texans and Lions. There are reasons to believe that even though the Bills will be improved, the drought [of not making the playoffs] will continue."

Fishbain emphasizes widespread skepticism over quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, rookie tackle Cordy Glenn protecting Fitzpatrick's blind side, the absence of a clear-cut receiving target other than Stevie Johnson and a shoddy pass defense that will rely on unproven young talent in Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams.

Fishbain also reveals Pro Football Weekly has predicted in its 2012 preview magazine that the Bills will finish second to the New England Patriots in the AFC East. He also points out PFW's preview magazines have predicted the Bills would finish with a winning record only once since 1999.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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