Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/12
The Buffalo Bills seem to always grab the attention of sports analysts everywhere, saying that this is the Bills' year.But as we all know, it never is Buffalo's year.They either have an awful season and seem to pick up some extremely hyped player in the Draft, which usually turns out to be a bust, or have a very good start to the season, then fade away.Well this year, I can see Buffalo finally making the playoffs, and maybe even giving a top-seeded team a run for their money. In order to do this, they need to follow these five steps:1. Keep feeding Spiller the ballWith Fred Jackson consistently getting injured, Spiller has had to pick up the load, and Bills fans aren't complaining.Spiller has 723 yards this season despite a few games hobbled by injury. Spiller is also averaging 6.6 yards per carry on 109 attempts. Not to mention, Spiller is a viable target in the backfield, that can make a 3-yard screen into a 30-yard gain.It seems no defenses have, or can stop Spiller, so why stop using him?2. Bench Fitzpatrick for JacksonRyan Fitzpatrick is the Bills' current starting quarterback, and isn't having a bad season with 2,179 yards, 17 TDs, and 10 INTs, but I have noticed he has problems closing out games. Closing out games would be big for me if I was a GM, and if Fitzpatrick continues to put up big numbers, but throwing picks in the closing stages of the game like last week's loss to New England, is not going to work out.I feel Jackson finally has found an offense he can fit into. He had two chances in Minnesota and Seattle, and it never worked out.I see Jackson fitting into this offense well. He is a scrambling quarterback, which works for the Bills. Buffalo has had it's trials of the wildcat with Spiller and Brad Smith, so having a mobile quarterback could now allow the wildcat more, making Buffalo's already explosive offense, even more explosive.3. Look for another wide receiverIn order for Buffalo to establish itself as a powerful offense in this league, they need to pick up a veteran wide receiver that still has game. I really don't think what they have now will take them to the playoffs. I automatically turn to Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress in this situation.Johnson still has game despite being an old and rusty player, and he showed that in his short tenure with Miami. Johnson would still be a Dolphin right now, if he didn't beat up his wife...Burress is a go-getter type of receiver. Has a big body and is definitely classified as a jump-ball receiver. Burress has been on a downhill slide ever since his arrest a few years ago, but still has a lot left in him. He just needs a chance and I think he could make a difference on a team, in this case, the Bills.4. Utilize Chandler moreScott Chandler is a great, young talent that Buffalo possesses, and in my opinion is one of the more underrated players in the league.Chandler has 380 yards and five touchdowns this season, and averages only 2.9 catches per game.If the Bills want to move the ball, they need to have a lot more of their offense go through Chandler.He should be getting at least five catches per game, but it would benefit Buffalo more if he was getting closer to 10. Although that may be asking a little too much of him.5. Find a way to motivate WilliamsThe Bills spent big money to bring defensive end Mario Williams in from Houston, but he hasn't produced to the likings of Buffalo very much. Williams has recorded only 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks this season, which is a little too low for the Bills expectations.Buffalo has great pieces on that defense, especially the line. If the Bills' organization can find a way to get through to these players, and make them realize how much of an asset they are to the team when performing well, they would be tough to beat.A star-studded defense along with a very balanced and effective offense proves success in the NFL, and if the Bills do want to end their playoff drought, they need both the defense and offense to perform at the highest possible level.These are my opinions on what the Bills need to do to get in shape to make a playoff spot, and maybe even a playoff run. If you feel my opinions are wrong, or have some of your own, feel free to state them in a comment.  
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