The Payments had probably the greatest defenses in all the league final season and that needs to be the case once more in 2020.
The Buffalo Payments have been the butt of a whole lot of jokes through the years, however they confirmed final yr that they could be a good crew. They earned a Wild Card spot within the playoffs and narrowly misplaced to the Texans on the street of their playoff sport.
A part of the explanation the Payments have been so good in 2019 was due to their smothering protection, which completed the season because the second-best protection when it got here to factors allowed per sport (although it’s price noting that primary was AFC East foe New England). The Payments offense was good, nevertheless it was the protection that carried that crew of their 10-6 marketing campaign.
With Tom Brady out of the division, Payments followers should be feeling good about doubtlessly successful the AFC East for the primary time for the reason that 1995 season. Even when Brady had returned, nevertheless, this protection would have been cause sufficient to be excited.
For one, the Payments have added expertise within the type of Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson, and A.J. Epenesa, who was their first-round choose on this yr’s draft. Throw in that they nonetheless have 2019 first rounder Ed Oliver in addition to Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy and that is nonetheless very a lot a scary unit.
Clearly dropping Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips was a giant blow, however that’s why the Payments went out and added these different guys. They need to maintain this protection in tip-top form as a result of they know they’ve a professional shot at successful the AFC East this yr.
Epenesa was a terrific choose by Buffalo within the draft this yr and he offers them a real move rusher able to changing what Lawson supplied throughout his time in Buffalo. He had double-digit sacks in his ultimate two seasons at Iowa and the Payments are optimistic that he can put up comparable numbers within the execs.
The Payments don’t have the luxurious of getting the straightforward schedule that they had a yr in the past (in reality, their schedule is ranked as one of many hardest in 2020), in order that’s why it’s much more necessary that their protection stays stable.
The 2020 season holds a whole lot of pleasure for the Buffalo Payments and their rabid fan base and their protection ought to play an enormous position of their success this yr.