The Buffalo Bills head into the 2020 season next Sunday with a clear picture of what they will feature on both sides of the ball.
The offense is going to run through quarterback Josh Allen, who will surely favor his new star wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the passing game. The defense is, once again, built on a top-tier second and third level led by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, cornerback Tre'Davious White, and safeties Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer.
This team knows who their stars are and who they will turn to in the biggest moments of the season. But this roster also has one of the most complete supporting casts in the AFC, and how a lot of these role players will fall in line when it comes to the stat sheet is still anyone's guess.
Fans took to Twitter to try and help answer five stat-based questions that are certainly a toss up before the start of the regular season:
1.) Who will have more scrimmage yards in the backfield between Devin Singletary and Zack Moss?
- Devin Singletary: 80.6%
- Zack Moss: 19.4%
Singletary was extremely efficient in his rookie season, even at the end of the year when he saw a much bigger workload. He will head into his second season as the starting running back, and he is heavily favored by fans to finish with the most scrimmage yards at the position. Not sure I agree with the majority here. Moss is a powerful, versatile weapon that showed at Utah he can be a dangerous receiver in the backfield. He is a more talented player, and, eventually, this season he will take over the majority of the work.
Author's vote: Zack Moss
2.) Who leads the offense in rushing touchdowns?
- RB - Zack Moss: 39.7%
- QB - Josh Allen: 36.3%
- RB - Devin Singletary: 24%
Allen is on a historic pace when it comes to rushing touchdowns for a quarterback. In just two seasons, he already has 17. Allen led the team in this category in both his rookie campaign in 2018 with eight touchdowns, as well last season with nine. Yet, fans believe in the rookie Moss to see the end zone the most in 2020. It makes sense. Moss forced more missed tackles than any running back in his draft class, as well as the most average yards after contact. The logic makes sense, but Moss isn't guaranteed to always get the red zone work over Singletary. Allen is going to be on the field for every one of those plays.
Author's vote: Josh Allen
3.) Assuming Stefon Diggs and John Brown lead the Bills in receiving yards, who is third?
- WR - Cole Beasley: 68.7%
- TE - Dawson Knox: 26.2%
- Other- 5.1%
Shoutout to the Gabriel Davis hive and loyal Robert Foster believers who voted other. Starting slot wide receiver Beasley was a heavy favorite to finish third in receiving yards this season. While Knox looks like he could be on the verge of a breakout year in 2020, Beasley had almost 400 more yards in 2019 than the tight end. The gap won't be as big, but Beasley is still going to command the ball inside.
Author's vote: Cole Beasley
4.) Better or worse passing numbers for Josh Allen: 62% completion percentage 3,600 yards, 25 touchdowns, eight interceptions
- Better: 72%
- Worse: 28%
This projection for Allen sits in the middle of an MVP-like breakout, and his 2019 production through the air. In his second season, Allen completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns. With Diggs and any sort of deep passing improvements added to the mix in 2020, this is a very realistic floor for Allen to reach. 3,600 passing yards would put him right in the middle of all signal callers last season, while 25 touchdowns would be good for 13th-most in the league. In Year 3 of the same offense with the best supporting cast he has had, Allen should be expected to put up impressive numbers.
Author's vote: Better
5.) Who leads the defense in sacks?
- DE - Jerry Hughes: 37%
- DE - Mario Addison: 35%
- DT - Ed Oliver: 22.3%
- Other: 5.8%
The defensive line saw a lot of players come and go this offseason. Two 2019 starters in defensive end Shaq Lawson and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips left in free agency, while the Bills replaced them with defensive end Mario Addison, and defensive tackles Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler. On paper, the unit looks deeper and more dangerous when it comes to rushing the passer. So who leads the team in sacks? Fans believe Jerry Hughes still has another 7-10-sack season in him, but I think the veteran on the other end of the line will get to the quarterback more than anyone. It is hard to argue with the production of Addison. The 32-year-old veteran has had at least nine sacks in each of the last four seasons. Don't be surprised if he makes it five straight in 2020.
Author's vote: Mario Addison
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