Week 5 Preview: Buffalo Bills Vs Arizona Cardinals

Sean MillerContributor IOctober 3, 2008

The Bills remain one of three unbeaten teams in the NFL heading into week five. In my opinion the Bills face their toughest challenge of the season when they travel across the country to face the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are coming off a truly horrendous defensive performance last week in New York. Brett Favre's six TD performance was just the beginning of the woes for the Cards as they allowed 56 points to the mediocre Jets offense and lost WR Anquan Boldin for the foreseeable future.


Miller's Keys To The Game

Start Quick, Buffalo

For some reason the Buffalo Bills have been playing mediocre football for the first 3 quarters the past couple of weeks. Then in the fourth quarter they start to kick it into gear and begin playing undefeated caliber football. The Cardinals aren't going to wait around to utilize their fourth ranked passing attack so the Bills need to get their offense off the ground early and often.

Score Some Points, Cards

I contemplated having one of my points be "Cards: Don't Give Up Points" but realized that that might be asking too much of a defense that is giving up an average of 26 points a game and gave up 56 points just a week ago.

So, instead I decided to ask the Cards to do something that they are good at, scoring points. If Arizona can use their high powered offense under the leadership of Kurt Warner and score some points it may be hard for the Bills to keep up with the Cards pass happy offense. If the Cards do this and can jump start their poor rush attack the Bills could be in trouble.


You Will Be Missed, Terrence

Something that could be overlooked this week is the injury to Terrence McGee. McGee has been playing at an extremely high level this season. One could argue at even a Pro Bowl caliber level (a level that he has played at as a Kick Returner for years).

Without McGee it will be rookie Leodis McKelvin's and third year man Ashton Youboty's job to step in. Anquan Boldin won't be playing so it will be easier for the other starting CB Jabari Greer to keep an eye on Larry Fitzgerald all day. If McKelvin and Youboty can do a decent job at replacing Mcgee the Bills defense should be fine.

Like I said earlier, this will be the Bills toughest test of the year but I still think they get the victory here and go 5-0 for the first time since 1991.


Final Score Prediction

Bills 30 Cardinals 28


Predicted Offensive Stats for the Bills


T. Edwards 24-30 234 yards 2TD 1INT



M. Lynch 21 rushes 87 yards 1 TD

F. Jackson 6 rushes 28 yards



L. Evans 7 rec. 114 yds. 1TD

F. Jackson 5 rec. 57 yds.

J. Reed 5 rec. 51 yds.

R. Royal 3 rec. 18 yds.

J. Hardy 2 rec. 18 yds.