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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Poll results: Bills heading to the playoffs

By James Walker

It turns out I'm not the only one high on the Buffalo Bills after a stellar offseason.

In our latest AFC East poll, an overwhelming majority of our community voted Buffalo to win nine to 11 games this season. That most likely will be good enough to earn a wild card in the AFC; an 11-5 record might even push the New England Patriots for a division title.

Here was reaction from our community:
Buffalo has the 29th-toughest schedule in the NFL this season. So that is in the team’s favor to improve on last year’s 6-10 record. I think one of the biggest barometers this season will be the Week 1 matchup at the divisional-rival New York Jets. The Bills can make a statement that they are legit right away by beating the Jets on the road. A loss would lead to early skepticism.

But I think the Bills look closer to "contenders" than "pretenders," and our SportsNation poll shows our AFC East community agrees.