Dawkins: Bills are still the underdogs

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After winning 10 games, making the playoffs, adding wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and, of course, seeing Tom Brady leave the New England Patriots and the conference altogether, the Buffalo Bills are considered, by many, to be the favorites to win the AFC East in 2020.

The website Betonline.ag currently lists the Bills at +125 to win the division, with the Patriots a close second at +130, and the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets big long shots at +800 apiece. (The numbers represent how much money you would win, in dollars, for a $100 bet on that team. A bet of $100 on the Bills to win the division would return $125 if they did).

However, Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins says none of that matters, and that the mindset of him and his teammates is still that of the hunter and not the hunted.

“We’re the underdogs, man,” Dawkins told Bob Papa and Charlie Weis this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Nothing has ever been given to us. We’ve never been the favorites, so why start now? We’re going to still play and live with that fire that we’re not the favorites and that nobody is really on our side but us. So, we’re just going to hit this thing rolling, and we’re just going to keep our heads down and we’re going to work. And we’re going to keep grinding and keep grinding and we’re going to play physical, play hard, and we’re going to beat the heck out of people, physically.”

Speaking from where he’s currently residing in Florida, Dawkins said he’s been working out with Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive end Carlos Dunlap, as well as Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers centers and brothers Markise and Mike Pouncey.

Weis noted to Dawkins that even though he’s taking the mentality of the underdog, the Bills are scheduled to have four primetime games this season, an indication that even the league and networks expect the Bills to be one of the better teams in the NFL. 

Dawkins said that comes with showing a consistency of play and winning.

“I think that this is just a door open that in the future it should be like this all the time, if we continue to do what’s right,” he said.

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