The top Buffalo Bills stories of 2020

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Happy New Year, Bills Mafia. What a year 2020 was for all of us, eh? From a pandemic nearly canceling a season to the NFL and the draft really helping kickoff… the way we got used to kickoffs and life taking place over Zoom. All socially-distanced and safe.

While we’re all hoping for a better 2021, let’s look back one last time at the year that was.

Here are the top Bills stories from 2020:

The one small trade...

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Remember how Stefon Diggs was going to be nothing but a trouble for the Bills... who, by the way, got fleeced in that trade by giving up a first-round pick? Let's all say it together: El-Oh-El, LOL, laugh out loud. Buffalo might have the NFL's best playmaker now.

That'll do, Josh

Josh Allen of Wyoming. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Speaking of terrible decision by the Bills. Looks like they'll be looking for a new quarterback at next year's draft. Kidding. Aside from Diggs, Josh Allen's massive improvement is what 2020 was all about.

Extensions

Bills general manager Brandon Beane. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Sean McDermott: Check. Brandon Beane: Check. The Bills have their front office now locked up for the long term. That's huge moving forward. We can toss our favorite cornerback Tre'Davious White in there, too.

Brian Daboll a household name

Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) talks to Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News) Pool Photographer

Typically in Buffalo, the offensive coordinator is known because for two decades everyone blamed that guy for the team's offense being bad. Now it's the opposite, and now it goes beyond western New York. Now many around the NFL know of Brian Daboll and because of that, the WNY native might be skipping town come 2021 for a head coaching job. For now, let's enjoy him.

Defense takes a step back

Bills cornerback Levi Wallace. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

While the NFL and really life in general now is a... "what have you done for me lately" deal, things in 2020 haven't always been perfect for the Bills over the last 365 days. For half of their current season, their defense was bad to really bad. It's the first time since McDermott's arrived that we've seen the unit really struggle. We learned maybe there might be some cracks there. Hopefully they're gone now.

Ed Oliver's arrest

Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

We told you everything here wouldn't be a good time for the Bills. But Ed Oliver reminded us things aren't always as they appear this year, either. In 2020, society saw a massive change. Along with the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and social injustices we brought to the forefront for everyone following the death of George Floyd. Oliver found himself perhaps in the middle of a related scenario, but thankfully, everything worked out. Once thought of as a DUI arrest, turns out, Oliver didn't do a thing and charges were cleared. A great conclusion to this one.

Quinton Spain cut

Bills offensive guard Quinton Spain. Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills offensive line could stand to improve, but that's not the overwhelming story from that area in 2020. That belongs to Quinton Spain. The now former Bill signed an extension last offseason only to be cut during the year. While perhaps an after thought, he certainly sounded sour grapes a bit afterword, saying "Only if they knew the real reason" following his departure. That was the first time that someone left the McDernott-Beane Bills and trash talked the team. First time for everything.

'Buffalo, I love you'

Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We all know the story now. Allen's grandmother, Patricia Allen, passed away prior to a game earlier this season and Allen still went out there and played with a heavy heart. Afterword, Bills fans donated to Oishei Children’s Hospital in her honor for the QB. He was so blown away by the donations, which have since surpassed one million dollars, he publicly stated: Buffalo, I love you. No way this guy ever leaves. Great job, Bills Mafia and another great gesture.

Hail Murray

Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

What a bummer this was. The Bills could be on an eight-game winning streak if it wasn't for the luckiest of plays from Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. His Hail Murray defeated the Bills a few weeks back and sent shockwaves across the NFL. But then the Bills went on a tear and haven't lost since. In the short term? That catch by DeAndre Hopkins was annoying. In the long term? The Bills still have a chip on their shoulder from it, you can see it.

At least one title

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Bills blew the Denver Broncos out. After that, they were champions. Just not Super Bowl champs. For the first time since 1995, the Bills won the AFC East. How far has this team come in a few short years? Then again, it was a long time coming.

Bills Mafia is back

This is New Era Stadium. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

As a New Year's present, the Bills Mafia got a present. They're back. After showing up huge at the airport and no spikes in COVID-19 cases from it, Bills fans will be allowed back in Bills Stadium for a playoff game for the first time since 1996. What a treat that'll be in a few short days.