Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions- 10/5/14
Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -6.5 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Bills look to get themselves back in the AFC East race with a much needed win in Detroit this weekend as they take on the 3-1 Lions.
The Bills have dropped back to back contests after starting the season 2-0 and now they head into the Motor City to take on a Detroit Lions side who has been very strong this season and looks like a legitimate playoff contender. Buffalo has made a change behind centre as they have benched second year pivot EJ Manuel in favour of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton who has already made an impact on the field as rookie wide out Sammy Watkins has praised his new signal caller saying the ball is “coming out faster.” Perhaps the decision to remove Manuel as the starter was a bit premature but Doug Marrone has publicly stated his team needs more production out of the quarterback decision and it is clear that they will get that out of the former Broncos, Bears, and Cowboys leader. Buffalo has been competitive over the last two weeks but will have to keep their ground game moving against a stifling Lions defense if they are going to keep this close and if they want to keep Stafford and the Detroit offense on the sidelines.
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The Lions earned their third victory in four tries last weekend as they outlasted the Jets by a 24-17 final and have moved into the top spot in the NFC North as the season reaches the quarter mark. Detroit is loaded on offense as guys like Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson steal the headlines every week but defensively Ndamakong Suh is quickly cementing his self as one of the best players in the league and should be in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award this season if his strong play continues. Suh is a force on the Lions defensive line and while his style gets criticized as it borders on being dirty it is tough to argue his effectiveness and in this one against a “backup” quarterback at home it could very well be a bloodbath. This is a tough game to call as I think the Bills should be able to keep this game within a single score but the Lions are returning home and Calvin Johnson was silent in Detroit’s win over New York last week and you can’t keep a guy like that down in back to back weeks. However, I think the Bills will have a spark in their step on offense in this one and while I don’t see them getting the win I think they can keep it interesting and hold Detroit to within a touchdown.