Running Back Battle Bears Watching as Bills Begin Training Camp

Running Back Battle Bears Watching as Bills Begin Training Camp
By Marcus Mosher
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Buffalo Bills were just 13 seconds away from advancing to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive season and you can make a case they should have won the Super Bowl last year.

So, this year, the Bills decided to load up even more and they are solid favorites in sports betting in New York to make a run at the Super Bowl. 

A team with such high expectations can count on being played often in New York NFL betting.

Going into training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., the Bills have a few exciting battles at a few key spots. Let's look at those battles and their current odds of winning this year's big game. 

Bills Fans Have Eyes on the Backfield

A veteran team such as the Bills has many positions locked with proven talents. EmpireStakes.com used Google Trends to find Buffalo’s most searched position groups over the past 30 days heading into training camp. Running back clearly was the most discussed. Here are the top three:

  • Running Back
  • EDGE Rusher
  • Defensive Tackle

Here’s a further breakdown of the running back battle.

New York Search Rankings for Bills RBs

   
🏈  James Cook51%
🏈  Devin Singletary16%
🏈  Duke Johnson8%
🏈  Zack Moss5%

 

Breaking Down the Position Battles

The position that Bills fans are the most interested in during training camp is at running back. The Bills have tried to improve their run game over the last few years, spending Day 2 picks on Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. They spent another high pick on James Cook this offseason; the Georgia speedster figures to have a big role as a rookie. Cook wasn't a featured back in college as he totaled just 230 carries in four seasons. But where he excels is as a receiver. He should be used there often as a rookie, with Singletary likely shouldering more of the load as a runner. 

Von Miller was added to help the pass-rush woes for the Bills, but the other EDGE rusher snaps are up for grabs. Gregory Rousseau, a 2021 first-round pick, totaled four sacks as a rookie, but he is still a long way away from being a finished product. Boogie Basham was a second-round pick a year ago who  should be able to move all over the defensive line. The team also brought Shaq Lawson back to give them another veteran EDGE rusher.

Another spot to keep an eye on is at defensive tackle as Jordan Phillips, Tim Settle and Daquan Jones all fight for snaps opposite of Ed Oliver. Again, the player who can help stop the run the best likely will win this job, but don't rule out the possibility of the Bills using a heavy rotation on the defensive line. 

 

Bills Super Bowl Odds

Here is a look at the where the Bills stand among the top 10 favorites to win the Super Bowl, according to BetMGM Sportsbook New York.

                     
🏈  Buffalo Bills+600
🏈  Tampa Bay Bucs+750
🏈  KC Chiefs+900
🏈  LA Rams+1100
🏈  Green Bay Packers+1200
🏈  SF 49ers+1400
🏈  Denver Broncos+1600
🏈  LA Chargers+1600
🏈  Dallas Cowboys+1600
🏈  Baltimore Ravens+2000
🏈  Cincinnati Bengals+2000

New York sportsbooks pretty much have the Buffalo Bills as the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl across the board.

The Bills currently are the Super Bowl favorites on BetMGM Sportsbook New York as they are +600 to win the big game.

That's not a surprise. The Bills have the best roster in the NFL with a superstar at quarterback in Josh Allen. In addition, Buffalo had the No. 1 defense in the league last season and they just added an eventual Hall of Famer in Miller to the unit.

Not only are the Bills the Super Bowl favorites, but they are also a heavy favorite to take the conference (+300). Only the Chiefs (+450) are close to them in odds, as every other team in the AFC has odds of +850 or longer.

Buffalo is a huge favorite on NY betting apps to win the AFC East for the third consecutive season. The Bills are a -190 favorite at BetMGM to win their division again. The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are tied for next at +400.

Their current over-under win total sits at 11.5 games and they are a -550 favorite to make the playoffs.

EmpireStakes.com is a great source for NFL betting info all season long.

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More Bills to Watch in 2022

After a historic performance in the divisional round of the playoffs (eight catches for 201 yards and four touchdowns), Gabriel Davis is in line to be the No. 2 receiver in Buffalo. Davis appeared in 16 games last season, catching 35 passes for 549 yards and six touchdowns. However, he should see significantly more targets this year with Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders off the roster. Those two players combined for 184 targets last year and a big portion of those should go to Davis in Year 3 with the team.

Another player to watch is Isaiah McKenzie, who the Bills signed to a contract extension this offseason. Despite never having a season of 300 or more receiving yards, the expectation is that McKenzie will see more snaps and targets in the slot. He likely will compete with veteran Jamison Crowder for snaps in the slot.

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Marcus Mosher
Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for EmpireStakes.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.
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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for EmpireStakes.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.
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