When the Detroit Lions travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium to square off with the Buffalo Bills in the final battle of the preseason for each squad, the focus will be on the positional battles across the depth charts.
Most of the starters for these respective teams have already been decided, but the fight for backup roles on offense and defense will have Lions and Bills fans genuinely interested.
Even if you don’t have a horse in this race, the final preseason action of the year will be too exciting for hardcore NFL fans to miss.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
Watch: Not nationally televised
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Covers): Over/Under: 39.5, Spread: Buffalo (+4.5)
Lions Injuries: (via ESPN)
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Questionable (possible concussion)
Michael Williams, TE, Questionable (broken hand)
Louis Delmas, S, Probable (knee)
Bills Injuries: (via ESPN)
EJ Manuel, QB, Out (knee)
Kevin Kolb, QB, Out (concussion)
Stephon Gilmore, DB, Out (hand/wrsit)
Top Storyline: The Quarterback Position in Buffalo
The current plan for the Bills is to start undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel at quarterback in Week 1 against the New England Patriots, per Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, and it will be interesting to see if he sees any snaps on Thursday.
There is no question that Tuel needs as many reps as he can get if he will be playing against the Patriots in Week 1, but with EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb injured, taking the risk of getting another QB hurt may not be feasible for the Bills.
Everyone wants to see what Tuel can do on the field, and whether or not he plays in Buffalo’s final preseason game will be the focus of most football fans in this matchup.
With so much turmoil under center for the Bills, there is no question that Detroit will be the favorite in this game. The only difference is that this is the fourth week of preseason.
Each player is fighting for a job, and anything can happen.
Trying to predict the preseason finale is futile, but with more depth on offense and a more impressive defense, the Lions should be able to steal the win.
For those gamblers looking to make wagers on Week 4 preseason games, I suggest getting some serious help. If you still insist on making this wager, take the over with a comfortable margin, and take Buffalo with the 4.5-point spread.
Final Score: Detroit 27, Buffalo 24