Bills vs. Broncos: TV Schedule, Radio, Live Streaming, Game Time and More
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 8:30 p.m. EDT
Watch: WKBW 7 Buffalo, KUSA 9 Denver; online at NFL.com (must pay $19.99 for league-wide package), live look-ins on NFL Network; game replay: 1:00 p.m. Sunday, NFL Network.
Listen: WGRF (96.9 FM) Buffalo, KOA (850 AM) Denver; Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 136 (Buffalo) or Channel 93 (Denver)
The Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos enter the second week of the preseason hoping to bounce back from opening week losses. The Bills offense struggled in a 10-3 loss to the Chicago Bears while the Broncos' strong backup quarterback play wasn't enough to overcome the Dallas Cowboys.
While preseason records don't mean much in the grand scheme of things, the performances within those games can be the difference between a starter and a backup or a backup and an unemployed football player. So, they do mean something.
The Bills first-team offense struggled to find room to operate after the departure of Lee Evans. Evans' stats might have been less than impressive in 2010, but his presence will be missed on the opposite side of breakout star Stevie Johnson.
There is quite a quarterback controversy brewing in the Mile High City. Even though head coach John Fox has already named Kyle Orton the starter, strong performances from Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn have put Orton on notice that his margin for error will be small.
Who will win the game Saturday night?
Bills' Key Addition
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo's first-round pick, is expected to rejuvenate the Bills defense and looked as good as advertised against Chicago.
Broncos' Key Addition
Brodrick Bunkley was acquired from the Eagles to help cure the Broncos run-stopping woes. Ty Warren would have been the key addition, but is now out three-to-six months with a triceps injury.
Bills' Biggest Loss
Paul Posluszny was a tackling machine in the middle of the Bills defense. He bolted for a big contract with the Jaguars forcing the Bills to sign Nick Barnett in an attempt to fill the void.
Broncos' Biggest Loss
Denver did a good job of not losing any major pieces. Right tackle Ryan Harris left for Philadelphia and it's unclear if rookie Orlando Franklin can fill the void right away.
What They're Saying
Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News discusses the possibility that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pushed Michael Vick to sign with the Eagles. The Bills and Cincinnati Bengals had openings at the quarterback position and, in an interview with GQ Magazine, Vick said they were more intriguing options than Philadelphia.
Was the Michael Vick situation handled poorly by the NFL?
The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold takes a look at some of the positives and negatives of Broncos training camp. He also explores what the Denver Broncos still need to learn about their team before they open the season against the Oakland Raiders.
Bills' Player to Watch
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams is a disruptive force in the middle of the line and it's not his fault that the team ranked dead last in the league against the run in 2010. While Williams made the Pro Bowl after several other players dropped out, he deserved to be in right away.
Broncos' Player to Watch
Von Miller was brought in to generate some pressure on the quarterback from the outside linebacker position. If Miller hadn't been drafted by the Broncos at No. 2, the Bills would have likely taken him with the third pick. Buffalo's porous offensive line gives Miller a chance to shine.
Matchup to Watch
Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson vs. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey
Johnson had a breakout season in 2010. The former seventh-round pick will find it is much tougher to get open without a reliable threat on the opposite side of the field. The trade of Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens will have a large negative impact on Johnson.
Who will get the better end of the highlighted matchup?
Bailey isn't the best cornerback in the league anymore, but he's still a darn good cover man. It will be interesting to see how the aging veteran handles the young receiver, especially considering he'll have double-team help in most cases.
Bills' Position Battle
Andy Levitre vs. Chad Rinehart at left guard
The Bills offensive line has been among the worst in football for nearly a decade, which not surprisingly coincides with Buffalo's playoff drought. The main reason for the blocking woes are failed draft picks like Levitre, who is being pushed by Rinehart, a former Washington Redskins draftee.
Broncos' Position Battle
Eddie Royal vs. Eric Decker at 'Z' wide receiver
Decker had just six catches during his rookie season, but is expected to take on a much bigger role under new head coach John Fox. While Royal was listed as the second starter alongside Brandon Lloyd with Decker in the slot, the two could flip-flop before the season begins.
Who should be the Broncos starting QB?
All eyes will be on the Broncos quarterback situation. Kyle Orton should see an extended amount of time to shake off the rust and prove to the coaching staff they made the right decision by naming him the starter before the exhibition schedule started.
Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn both put up big numbers against the Cowboys reserve defenders and will look to continue the positive momentum. The Bills backup defense consists of many young players, which should give both quarterbacks a chance to pad their stats.
Prediction: Broncos, 31-20
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