Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos 2017: Preview, odds, prognosis for Week 3
Bills vs. Broncos: Preview, odds and prophecy for Week 3
Orchard Park, N.Y. — These are the games that will teach us what type of team the Buffalo Bills will be.
The Bills were guessed to beat the Jets in Week 1, and they did. They were guessed to lose to the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 and they did that, too. Most expect the Bills to lose their Week 3 game versus the Denver Broncos, but playing at home at a three-point underdog against a conference opponent is a game a playoff team would win.
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Know the enemy
The Broncos are on a roll to start the season. Through two weeks, mastermind Trevor Siemian was leading the league in touchdown passes. He has the luxury of throwing to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who form one of the best receiver tandems in the NFL. It doesn’t hurt that C.J. Anderson pace to be a workhorse in the backfield. There’s a reason the Broncos put up 42 points on the Cowboys last week.
Denver’s calling card is its defense. Von Miller leads a prevalent front seven that has in reality improved versus the run early in 2017. The Broncos held Ezekiel Elliot to eight yards rushing and will have a similar challenge versus LeSean McCoy this week. Meanwhile, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib make the Broncos’ secondary tough to throw on. Bills wide receivers could have a tough time receipt open versus Denver’s physical, conversant cornerbacks.
How to follow the game
The game will be broadcast on CBS commencement at 1 p.m. NYup.com will also be racing a live blog. You can follow along on Twitter with the following handles.
What the Broncos are saying
If the Bills have an advantage in this game in will be versus the Broncos’ offensive line. Denver head coach Vance Joseph is definitely aware of that.
“Defensively, nobody has scored a touchdown on them,” Joseph said. “It’s a stingy group. Being in Miami last year, watching those guys play, the front seven is a really, really stout front group with Marcell] Dareus, Kyle Williams and the young kid Shaq Lawson from Clemson. It’s a stout front seven, observing them play twice last year. It’s going to be a challenge. It always is. They have a couple edge-rushers that are going to be a problem for us that we have to take care of. It’s an NFL game. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us on both sides of the ball.”
What the Bills are saying
“We have to be the greatest defense on the field each and every week,” Brown said. “We weren’t that. Everyone says ‘oh we gave up nine points’ but that is more than what our offense scored. We have to find ways to get less points, to find ways to shut them out. We could have had times to get turnovers and we didn’t, so we have to find a way to get offense the ball on the other side of the field.”