At 6-2, the Buffalo Bills know they can’t take any game lightly as the AFC East standings look a little bit more crowded than originally expected. That makes the decision to play Josh Allen a more difficult one leading up to game day.
The Bills’ star quarterback missed the first two days of practice this week and HC Sean McDermott indicated they’d take it “hour-to-hour” leading up to practice.
While Buffalo hasn’t made an official declaration on Allen’s status, it’d be fair to say it’s a very strong probability Ken Dorsey’s offense will be led by Case Keenum on Sunday. If so, it will be a huge game for the offensive coordinator and a chance for him to make a strong statement.
That being said, the Bills did rule out two starters on Friday as Sean McDermott announced safety Jordan Poyer and Greg Rousseau would not play.
Although the All-Pro safety has been ruled out for the Vikings game, his return could come as soon as next week per the Bills’ head coach.
“He’s day-to-day,” said McDermott about Poyer.
Rousseau, who is second on the team with 23 QB pressures, is a huge blow to the Bills’ defense. The fact that he has only six fewer pressures than Von Miller in 60 fewer snaps is strong evidence of his work.
With Rousseau out the pass rush presence on the edge takes a big hit along w/ run D. Groot has been arguably the best #Bills run defender this year & last year & has added to his pass rush. Epenesa & Lawson have been good depth. They’ll both need to step up#BillsMafia #GoBills— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) November 11, 2022
On a positive note, LB Matt Milano is expected to return on Sunday. His return on defense will be huge against a Vikings squad that excels running the football.
“He looks like he’s in a good spot,” revealed McDermott. “He should be ready to go.”
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