Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts Preseason Preview: Five Storylines
Tomorrow night at 7:30 PM EST the Buffalo Bills will compete in their second preseason matchup with the new head coaching staff, consisting of head coach, Chan Gailey, offensive coordinator, Curtis Modkins, and former University of Florida defensive coordinator, George Edwards.
Last week the Bills were demoralized in a 42-17 embarassing defeat that left both running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson injured for the remainder of preseason games. Jackson suffered a broken bone in his hand, while Lynch had a high ankle sprain after being pushed out of bounds.
This slideshow will preview the top five storylines and keys to a Buffalo Bills victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Brian Brohm To See First Preseason Reps
In last weeks preseason game against the Washington Redskins, head coach, Chan Gailey, opted to let rookie seventh round draft pick, Levi Brown, get extended playing time instead of playing fourth quarterback, Brian Brohm.
Tomorrow night, Brian Brohm will see action after both Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Brown sits on the bench.
Most Buffalo fans are rooting for Brohm to win the starting job, but coach Gailey wants to see a bit more from the former Louisville standout, where he passed for 10,775 yards, 70 touchdowns and only 24 interceptions, while completing 65.8% of his passes.
Last year, after Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick were injured, Brohm was thrown into his first NFL action, in a 31-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, in which he went 17-29 for 146 yards and two interceptions.
Coach Gailey stated on BuffaloBills.com, "He’s very smart. He know where to go with the football. He’s got good velocity on the ball. He just needs to work on continual accuracy. That’s really been his only issue. He’s got good intelligence for football and understands defenses, which is part of playing quarterback, you’ve got to understand defense."
C.J. Spiller Starting at Running Back and Punt Returner
All the pundits who criticized Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey for selecting Clemson running back, C.J. Spiller in the first round of the draft when there were other glaring needs to fill, were given their reasoning last week when both Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson were injured in the first half.
C.J. Spiller will be starting for the Bills, with Chad Simpson, Joique Bell, and the newly signed Andre Anderson getting carries as well.
The Bills' running game was one of their only strong points aginst the Redskins, as both Chad Simpson and Joique Bell shined.
Spiller is a dynamic and game-changing player, and is a threat in not only the run game, but as a receiver out of the backfield, and returning punts and kicks as well. He scored a combined 51 touchdowns during his time at Clemson.
Will The No. 2 Receiver Stand Up?
After Lee Evans, the Buffalo Bills depth at the wide receiver position is untapped. Steve Johnson, a former 7th round draft pick out of Kentucky, is the favorite to earn the job.
Wide receiver is still a major hole in the Bills depth chart, as the Terrell Owens experiment is over. James Hardy, the former second round draft pick out of Indiana, has been plagued by leg injuries, and will miss his second straight week of action, and is at risk of being cut.
David Nelson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Florida, led the Bills in receiving against the Redskins, but injured his ankle yesterday and is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason.
If there is anytime for Steve Johnson to clear his way to the No. 2 role, Thursday night is the time to shine. With Donald Jones and Roscoe Parrish as his main competition, Johnson needs to step up to the plate and have a big game to ease the pain of many Bills fans.
The First Look at The Bills Starting Offensive Line
Tomorrow night, both Eric Wood and Demetrius Bell return to the Bills' starting lineup, after missing time last season and some offseason training due to leg injuries.
Right tackle Cornell Green, an offseason acquisition who played for the Oakland Raiders last season is a game-time decision, as he is battling injury also.
The return of Wood and Bell to the offensive line gives great optimism, as Wood's injury status was uncertain coming into the offseason. Bell is the slated starter at left tackle, and the former Northwestern basketball player needs to get all the reps he can get.
Can The Bills Defense Stop The Big Play
The Bills new 3-4 defense was absolutely smoked on multiple occasions by the Redskins offense, as Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, and John Beck passed for 212 yards, and the Redskins running backs gained another 140.
The Redskins were moving the ball down the field fast, and had nine plays of 15+ yards, and four plays over 20 yards.
The Bills couldn't stop the Redskins on third down either, as they converted 12 of 19 chances, compared to Buffalo's one for 10 efficiency.
The Colts are an even more explosive offense than the Redskins, so hopefully the Bills can get it together this week.
Will The Bills Get Their First Victory In Toronto?
The Bills have played in Toronto twice, against the Dolphins and Jets, losing both times.
Can they win tomorrow night against the Colts?
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