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Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel (3) drops back to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills

2012 Record: 6-10; 4th Place

2013 Prediction: 5-11

Confidence in Pick: 35%

Losses: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Barnett, George Wilson, David Nelson, Donald Jones, Chan Gailey

Pickups: Kevin Kolb, EJ Manuel, Manny Lawson, Alan Branch, Doug Marrone

Reasons for Optimism:

CJ Spiller – Spiller had one of the most under the radar seasons in 2012. 1,244 yards rushing and 43 catches for 459 yards. Spiller is true running back with the hands and route running ability of a true receiver and he should see the bulk of the Buffalo offense run through him.

EJ Manuel – I don’t like the word “Potential,” but it is a reason for optimism, and EJ Manuel has it. He is 6’4”, 237 lbs, has a career 66.8% completion percentage, and while running is not a big part of his game (825 rushing yards in college), he is mobile enough to cause a defense problems.

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