By Tim Graham
Go ahead and call USA Today the Jim Cantore of Buffalo Bills backers.
While everyone else has evacuated their Bills playoff predictions faster than you can say "D batteries," USA Today is holding its ground.
In USA Today's midseason report on all 32 teams, the Bills graded out as a "C" along with this comment: "Watch out for these guys. They could easily jump up and grab that final wild-card spot. In fact, we think they will."
In its thumbnail for the Indianapolis Colts, USA Today writes: "The winner of their Nov. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs. Since we already went on record here as saying the Bills are in, we'll stick with them."
What are the odds? In 10,000 season simulations from AccuScore, the Bills made the playoffs 14.5 percent of the time.
Thanks to the good folks at BuffaloRumblings.com for pointing out the USA Today slideshow. I normally stay away from slideshows. They give me hives. And I apologize for linking to it.