Buffalo Bills Still Super Bowl Favorites Despite Third Loss of the Season

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The 2022 NFL regular season has passed the halfway stage, with all 32 teams completing nine of their scheduled 17 games. There are only 87 days until Super Bowl LVII takes place at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Buffalo Bills are still the favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy with the sites offering Super Bowl betting online

Buffalo Bills and reigning Super Bowl champions, Los Angeles Rams, were the clear favorites to win the 2023 Super Bowl before the season’s opening fixture, ironically, the Bills versus the Rams. The Bills remain the outright favorites right now despite enduring back-to-back defeats against the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings, results that leave them third in the AFC East with a 6-3 record. The Rams are 3-6 going into Week 11, having lost three games in a row and having lost five of their last six fixtures. Rams will struggle to make the playoffs, never mind navigating their way to consecutive Super Bowls. 

A Great Start, But Injuries Are Causing Havoc For the Bills 

The Bills started their 2022 campaign with a 31-10 victory over Los Angeles Rams and followed up that result with an emphatic 41-7 demolition of the Tennessee Titans. They faltered against an in-form Miami Dolphins, losing 19-21, before embarking on a four-game winning streak, during which time they looked like potential Super Bowl candidates. However, back-to-back defeats on Week 9-10 have left Bills fans wondering if their 29-year wait to experience a Super Bowl will grow longer. 

Injuries and illnesses are ravaging the Bills’ roster, which is the main reason for the team’s recent downturn in results. NFL MVP candidate quarterback Josh Allen is struggling with an elbow injury that has affected him for the past week. Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott revealed that Allen did not participate in some throwing drills during midweek practice and that the Bills’ medical staff are monitoring the former Wyoming Cowboys star on a day-to-day basis. 

The raft of injuries continues with linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin), cornerback Kaiir Elam (ankle), and safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) also missing practice. In addition, at least five Bills players, including Reggie Gilliam, Cam Lewis, Matt Milano, Jordan Phillips, and Tim Settle, sat out Wednesday’s practice session due to illness. Those absentees make the Bills’ defense low on numbers for the weekend’s clash with the Cleveland Browns

Will Sunday’s Bills vs. Browns Clash Go Ahead in Buffalo?

Extreme weather has put significant doubt over whether or not the November 20 game between the Bills and the Browns will take place at the Highmark Stadium. Up to four feet of snow is expected to fall on Buffalo, leading to talk of moving the game to Detroit. Moving the fixture to Ford Field of the Detroit Lions gives the Browns a slight advantage because they are located only a 2.5-hour drive from the stadium, while the Bills would be on the road for almost two hours longer. However, the Bills face the Lions four days after taking on the Browns, so they would already be in Detroit as that game approaches. 

It is understood that the NFL does not want to move the game unless absolutely necessary to do so. After all, the NFL allowed the game between the Bills and the Indianapolis Colts to go ahead on December 10, 2017, despite the players competing in what was essentially a blizzard; some nine inches of snow fell during the game alone. The Bills came out 13-7 winners after overtime in a fixture that has forever since been known as the Snow Bowl and Snowvertime.

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