Game Preview: Denver at Buffalo

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This is one game, based on matchups alone, that appears to be one-sided. But appearances can be deceiving. Some things to look for during the game:

Matchups: This game should be a good test for Broncos running back Travis Henry; he played very little during the preseason (last played vs. Dallas). Bills linebacker Coy Wire will certainly be challenged by both the Broncos running and passing schemes. Bear in mind that Wire was formerly a safety, although he did play some LB while Angelo Crowell was out with a broken leg back in 2006. The game will also be the NFL debut for Bills LB Paul Posluszny.

You can also expect the Bills’ seconadary to be quite busy on Sunday, as well. Finances aside, the Bills will miss former Bills (now 49ers) cornerback Nate Clements’ presence as he provided stability and leadership. Terrence McGee, who suffered a concussion against the Titans, will man Clements’ former spot. The only bright spot in a rather shallow Bills pass rush is defensive end Matt Schobel, who has the unenviable task of facing Broncos offensive tackle Matt Lepsis.

Don’t be surprised to see Bills rookie RB Marshawn Lynch get his fair share of receptions, based on the fact that the Bills will probably be forced to pass often due to their lack of a running game (besides Lynch, you have Anthony Thomas – not good news). Also keep in mind the Broncos’ secondary; when you have Broncos CB Champ Bailey and safety John Lynch patrolling the field, it should make things difficult for any medium-range passing game that Bills QB J.P. Losman may think of using.

If there’s one area where the Bills have an advantage this weekend, it would probably be their special teams, especially in the kick and punt return departments. With McGee and speedster WR Roscoe Parrish, you have the makings of the Bills getting good field position. Even with all of these variables, I expect the Bills to squeak this one out.


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