Bills vs Lions Preview
Who: Buffalo Bills (4-9) vs. Detroit Lions (5-8)
When: Sunday, December 16th 1:00 p.m.
Where: New Era Field
A hobbled Lions team comes to town this weekend to take on the Bills. Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford who has been a limited participant in practice all week, is questionable for Sunday with a back injury. If Stafford is unable to play, former Bills’ player Matt Cassel would get the start. The Bills also have some injuries to deal with going into this game as well. I would shocked in LeSean McCoy suited up, as the Bills signed Running Back Keith Ford off of their practice squad and should be active for the game, albeit, if McCoy or Ivory is unable to play. In all seriousness, I really do hope the Bills decide to hold Shady out of this game. Personally, I don’t see him in the long term future for the Bills, and I think it only makes sense to restrict his playing time and limit the potential risk of further injury.
As i’ve mentioned or alluded to in the past few weeks, the remainder of the season is strictly for evaluation purposes, thus younger players should suit up and play a substantial amount of snaps. In addition to the younger players on the roster, some like Shaq Lawson are auditioning for new contracts this offseason. At the start of this season, I didn’t see Lawson fitting into the long-term plans for the Bills, given he was drafted by the Rex Ryan regime and hasn’t lived up to his potential thus far. However, after seeing him play pretty well this season, and taking reps for the injured Trent Murphy and playing at Defensive Tackle, it would be wise if the Bills could sign him to a bridge deal for a season or two.
Although that is a nice story line for the Bills and something the front office and coaching staff will be keeping an eye out for, most, if not all, Bills fans will be looking at Josh Allen and his performance. The Lions defense isn’t anything to really write home about, and Allen should be able to take advantage of that. It’ll be interesting to see if Allen continues to run the ball like he has over the past few weeks, since returning from injury. What Allen really needs to work on is his ability to read defenses and throw the ball accurately into tight coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that’s a tall task, but that is what also separates franchise Quarterbacks from non-franchise Quarterbacks. If Allen lights up the Lions or has another mediocre passing game, that wouldn't make or break his young career. We all remember watching EJ Manuel throw for 300 or more yards and multiple touchdowns in a game, and look where that went. With that said, it would be nice to see Allen trending in the right direction, and should be attractive when the Bills have some of the most available cap space this offseason for free agents.
Expect a low scoring and at a times, an ugly game this Sunday.
Bills - 17 Lions - 9