The Bills (5-4) are fresh off a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-18, last week in Week 9. Buffalo will hope to get back to winning ways against Denver, however, the Broncos (3-5) will be no pushover as there is plenty on the line ahead of this matchup.
But before we even get to kickoff, there will be a lot of Bills-related discussions and conversations to be had throughout the coming days.
With that, here are seven storylines to watch for during the lead up to Bills-Broncos on Monday:
Another opponent going in right direction
When the Bills lost to the Bengals, they fell to a team that started 2023 slow but had since turned it around. In a similar light, the Broncos are more of the same up next. Denver has won two-straight games and many questions this week in Buffalo will revolve around facing an opponent that’s heading in the right direction now.
And, they’re well rested coming off their bye.
Von faces the Broncos
Had this game been played out in Denver it would likely be much more emotional… even so, it’s a big day for Von Miller on Monday. It’ll be the first time in his NFL career that Miller is facing the Broncos since he left them in 2022.
It would be a good time for his first sack of the season.
Expect a well-constructed response from Miller on facing the Broncos during his weekly press conference.
More injury because of course
Another week, another new slate of injuries for the Bills.
Against the Bengals, the injury bug bit Buffalo’s defense again. Linebacker Terrel Bernard (concussion), safety Micah Hyde (stinger), cornerback Christian Benford (hamstring) and Dane Jackson (undisclosed) all left the game in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, McDermott indicated that Jackson would be fine. The other threes got a “we’ll see.”
Bills Wire will provide injury reports for both teams leading the lead up to Monday Night Football.
The latest two questions at-hand for the Bills offense: Will they be two-dimensional again and will there be an uptempo showing?
The first is more important as Buffalo was completely predictable all game long against the Bengals. Running back James Cook only had six total carries. Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey has to at least pretend he’s trying to keep the other team honest;
Playoff pressure mounting?
The Bills are on the outside of the AFC playoff picture. Really holding Buffalo back is a 2-4 record against AFC opposition as that’s a key tiebreaker.
Not doubt about it: The Bills need this win against this AFC West foe.
At the start of the season the Bills were among the NFL’s best teams in terms of turnover differential. That has all changed.
Buffalo enter Week 10 with a even zero turnover differential. The issues are on both sides of the ball.
This had to change weeks ago, but better late than never.
After defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Rasul Douglas made their debutswith the Bills last week, we’re now just waiting for running back Leonard Fournette. He will likely see his first snaps with the team against the Broncos.