The Bills haven’t had a lot of time to sulk following their heartbreaking loss to New England on Monday night, but that’s probably a good thing. Working with a short week, Buffalo has been preparing for its home opener this Sunday against Tampa Bay.
The Bucs, who also come into the game without a win, failed to challenge the Cowboys in a 21 – 34 loss at home. Tampa’s defense was something to be abhorred giving up 462 yards; 366 of which came via Tony Romo. There should be no need for a reminder though that Buffalo’s performance effort was equally sad (especially in the second-half) as they gave up 441 yards – 368 from Brady. Not to excuse it, but I do think there is a difference between the show Tom Brady and Randy Moss put together and the one that Romo is able to produce. Unless the defenses can step it up, look for a high-scoring game this weekend.
Catching only two balls for 46 yards, look for Edwards to get T.O. involved early and often. We should also expect good numbers from Fred Jackson both through the air and on the ground. He ended last season against the Patriots on a high-note and picked up right were he left off Monday night. How confident am I in Fred Jackson? I have Michael Turner, Kevin Smith, and Brandon Jacobs on my fantasy team; last week Jackson out-scored them all. This week he’s getting the nod on my roster.
The Buffalo defense will be without Paul Posluszny, who will likely be out 6 weeks with a broken bone in his left arm, and possibly Chris Kelsay who is listed day-to-day with an injured knee. While the Bucs offense is certainly not as prodigious as New England’s, it would be a serious mistake to overlook them. QB Byron Leftwich completed 25 passes on 41 attempts for 276 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Their ground attack was also solid with the tandem of Carnell Williams and Derrick Ward who rushed for a combined 159 yards with a touchdown apiece.