The Buffalo Bills proved they're the second-best team in the AFC on Sunday night. After a slow start, Josh Allen and the offense dismantled the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers' defense, climbing out of a 7-0 hole by outscoring Pittsburgh, 26-8, the rest of the way.
And it seems like the oddsmakers took notice.
Coming into Week 14, Buffalo was available at +1800 to win the Super Bowl, per FanDuel Sportsbook's Super Bowl Odds. That was good for the eighth-best odds in the league at the time. But after the dominant showing on Sunday Night Football, the Bills have jumped all the way up to +1300, which represents the sixth-best odds to win it all.
We've known the Bills' offense was a Super Bowl-caliber unit since the early part of the season, but it's actually Buffalo's defensive improvements that could make this team a legitimate title contender.
Over the first 10 games of the year, Sean McDermott's defense was surrendering 26.5 points per game (PPG). For reference, that would rank as a bottom-10 mark if it stood today. But since a crucial Week 11 bye, that figure has dropped to 18.6 PPG, which would be the third-best mark in football.
Sure, the Bills haven't exactly faced the NFL's best offenses during that three-week span, but this stretch doesn't feel like a fluke.
Remember, Buffalo was the league's second-best scoring defense as recently as last year. This isn't a fluke – it's a group that's finally playing up to expectations. And with Josh Allen playing at an MVP-caliber level, the Bills suddenly look like one of the most complete teams in football.
If Buffalo's defensive resurgence is for real, the Bills might be the only team capable of giving the Kansas City Chiefs a run for their money.
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