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Could Bills be a sleeper AFC wild card?

It's the first week of the NFL season. As fantasy drafts continue across the nation, so do another yearly tradition: predictions.

Our ESPN.com NFL staff predictions for the 2014 season were released Monday with more than 64 voters casting their ballots for division winners, wild cards, playoff results and postseason awards.

Did the Buffalo Bills receive any consideration to win the AFC East? No, but it's not entirely bad news.

Four of our voters -- ESPN Insider KC Joyner, ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter Nick Wagoner, Neil Payne of FiveThirtyEight, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas -- picked the Bills to earn an AFC wild-card berth.

Payne took it a step further, predicting Doug Marrone as NFL Coach of the Year.

None of our ESPN NFL experts picked any Bills as NFL MVP, nor did any voters have the Bills winning the AFC or the Super Bowl.

However, 18 of our 64 voters picked Sammy Watkins as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. That wasn't enough to make him the consensus pick -- that honor went to Brandin Cooks -- but it was still a respectable haul.

You can find our ESPN NFL predictions here: national contributors, AFC reporters, NFC reporters, ESPN personalities.