T.O and the Cincinnati Bengals come to town tomorrow for the Bills first preseason game of the year at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
While there is still plenty of work to do, the Bills hope to build off of their impressive offensive performance last week vs the Colts in Toronto. The third preseason game is viewed as the most important due to the starters playing well into the 3rd quarter of these games. So this can be seen as a final tuneup for the first string players.
So far, all we know is Trent Edwards will be starting at quarterback. As far as who comes in after that, it remains to be seen if Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Brohm will get the nod to run the second unit. This is a huge game for these two quarterbacks, with rookie Levi Brown almost certain to make the team as the 3rd string QB, these two men could be playing for their jobs.
The Bills final roster cut comes on August 31, so this is also a time where bubble players will give it their all out on the field. The Bills roster is currently at 78, and will only need to cut 3 players to reach the league requirement of 75. Not too many decisions here, but still a lot for the coaches to think about:
“Decisions are going to be tough in a lot of places,” Gailey tells Buffalobills.com. “There are some places that are pretty much locked up, but the backups there are some great fights for those spots.”
This will be the Bengals fourth preseason game this year after kicking off preseason in the Hall of Fame game.
For a team that found most of the success last season on the ground behind Cedric Benson, the Bengals went out and filled out a strong arsenal for QB Carson Palmer. New additions include ex-Bills Terrell Owens, WR Antonio Bryant and first round draft pick TE Jermaine Gresham.
This game will certainly be another hard test for the Bills defense and their transition into the 3-4. But might as well play against some of the best in the preseason in preparation for when the games count!
The last time these two teams faced off in a preseason game in 2006, the two teams combined for 44 first half points at Ralph Wilson Stadium.