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Bills offensive line vs. Bucs defensive line
The Bills offensive line has been patched together to this point in preseason, but the team may have finally settled on its starting five. Cordy Glenn returned to team drills on Monday at the left tackle position, which was expected. The coaching staff then decided to move rookie Seantrel Henderson into the starting right tackle position, allowing them to shift Erik Pears inside to right guard, as noted by ESPN's Mike Rodak.
If this group is the starting five Saturday against the Bucs, they are in store for a tough test as Tampa Bay has a talented group led by Gerald McCoy and free-agent signee Michael Johnson.
In terms of talent, these are the five best offensive linemen the Bills have, so this grouping makes sense. The concern is they haven't had a lot of practice time together and will have to get familiar quick with one another in a short period of time.
Tampa Bay WRs vs. Buffalo defensive backs
The Bucs have probably the biggest wide receiver duo in the league with Vincent Jackson (6'5", 230 pounds) and rookie Mike Evans (6'5" and 231 pounds). The Bills, on the other hand, do not have a cornerback taller than 6'0" and could be without Leodis McKelvin, who suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week.
This is a different type of wide receiver group they faced a week ago with the Steelers relying primarily on speed compared to the Bucs, who will try and outmuscle their opponent on the outside. This should be a good test for this group, which has been less than stellar so far this preseason.
Bills' X-factor of the Week: EJ Manuel
The attention has been primarily on EJ Manuel this entire preseason but this week in particular will be a good test for the second-year quarterback. The game against the Bucs last season was arguably his worst to date, when he threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times.
The Bucs do have a new head coach and new defensive system so this won't be entirely the same from a season ago. However, the three players who intercepted Manuel are still on this team (LaVonte David, Mason Foster and Johnthan Banks).
A strong game against the Bucs, one that includes a touchdown drive or two, should go a long way to giving Manuel some confidence entering the 2014 regular season.