Buffalo vs. Chicago: Bills Week 1 Game Preview

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Buffalo vs. Chicago: Bills Week 1 Game Preview
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On Sunday the regular season will officially be back for the Buffalo Bills when they travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. It is not going to be an easy task for the Bills, as they will have to find a way to slow down a high-powered offense led by Jay Cutler.

This Week 1 matchup will be a good test to see exactly what kind of team the Bills have and if they have improved from a season ago. Last season the Bills struggled on the road, finishing with a 2-6 record, and a win in Chicago would go a long way toward giving this team confidence early in the season.

If the Bills hope to win, they are going to have to rely on their improved defense led by middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. This unit looked much improved against the run in the preseason, allowing only 2.6 yards per rushing attempt. The defense will be facing its toughest test yet this year as it looks to contain Matt Forte, one of the top running backs in the game.

The concern for fans is what they might expect from the Buffalo offense. It has been lackluster this preseason, scoring only six touchdowns in five games. EJ Manuel and the first-team offense have not been able to get in any kind of groove and were stagnant for most of those five games. 

By the time this game is finished on Sunday, those stats won't matter. A strong game in Chicago will be a great start to put the preseason in the rearview mirrors. The following slides will touch on some of the key points heading into Sunday's matchup between the Bills and the Bears and what fans might expect.

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