The two teams have been rigorously preparing for the contest throughout the past week. Buffalo (5-4) and Denver (3-5) will think they know their upcoming opponent, inside and out, after all the practicing and studying they have put in.
Because of that, despite all the off-field talking, speculation and preparations, it will still be the games, within the game, that will make all the difference when it comes to the final outcome of this upcoming weekend.
With that, here are three key matchups to watch during Monday’s Bills-Broncos matchup:
WR Stefon Diggs vs. CB Patrick Surtain II
The Broncos have some studs in their defensive backfield and Surtain is among them. He’s having a down year compared to his breakout last year, but Surtain will still be tasked with guarding Buffalo’s No. 1.
Diggs is relied upon heavily every game by the Bills and quarterback Josh Allen. This will be no different but he’ll need to make sure he comes through because other playmakers on Buffalo’s offense, such as receiver Gabe Davis, haven’t had great games in 2023… and the Broncos are a much better secondary than most.
DE Von Miller vs. OL Mike McGlinchey
We admit this is based off the storyline here. Miller will be facing his former team for the first time. It would be a real feel-good moment if he were to grab his first sack of the season against the Broncos.
For his part, McGlinchey was an offseason signing by the Broncos but he’s been a mixed bag this season. Pro Football Focus currently grades him as the 54th best offensive tackle in the NFL out of 77 qualifying players.
LB Terrel Bernard vs. RB Javonte Williams
As it usually is with the NFL’s concussion protocol, we know few details. But the fact that he was limited Thursday means he’s progressing.
This season the Broncos have had a much better offense than they did last season when Wilson first joined them. Playing a big part is Denver’s rushing attack making the Broncos a balanced unit. In Denver’s upset of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos ran the ball 40 times and only passed the ball 19 times.