Who: The Bye Week (0-0)
When: Sunday, Nov. 25, all day EST
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
The Line: Buffalo (-2.5)
Buffalo Bills Offense vs. The Bye:
Now that the Bills have some momentum, it’s both a blessing and nightmare to get the bye week when they are getting it. It would’ve been nice to build on that crushing win last week, especially given their schedule is the league’s softest right now.
Still, getting the offense healthy will be a big deal. Getting C.J. Spiller, a banged-up Fred Jackson, Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson (both missed last week’s game) as close to 100 percent healthy as possible is going to be huge for the offense. They aren’t deep enough that they can be missing that many weapons or having them not playing to their highest ability.
It’s also great that E.J.Manuel will have additional time to prepare, because rookie quarterbacks can never have enough time to prepare. It would obviously be ideal for him to come out of the bye week and look even better than his last performance. Building momentum for himself down the stretch is key if he wants to come out and have a great year two next season.
Key: Aches vs, the ice bath
Bills Defense vs. The Bye
These guys would probably like to get right back out there, considering they are the top pass-rushing unit in the league right now and the overall team defense has been pretty close to lights-out as of late.
They still have some issues with the run, but it’s becoming less and less of a problem and nowhere near the crippling issue it’s been in years past. The Bills have serious talent all over the defense, and they might be a linebacker and some defensive back depth away from being elite.
Needless to say, the franchise found a stud in Kiko Alonso. The guy is a monster and absolutely deserves to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Over 100 tackles, four picks and numerous big plays — everything we could have asked for and more.
Key: Pass rush vs down time
– Spiller remains a threat to tweak his ankle walking from the couch to the fridge.
– Kiko makes a huge play on the tackling dummy.
– Mario Williams and company still manage three sacks despite no opponent.