Aug 23, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Happy Thursday Everyone! Today marks the kickoff for the 2014-15 football season. The Bills will see their first regular season action in just a couple of days, Sunday Sept 7th against the Chicago Bears. Here are your daily links for the Bills.
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Chicago had the number 2 scoring offense last year, and didn’t make a lot of changes on that side of the all. Their wide receivers will be a challenge for the Bills come Sunday, but our pass defense was ranked 4th last year and 2nd with both interceptions and sacks. It is going to be a good showing. [Sports Media 101]
Preston Brown will get his first start of his career as a professional football player. With Kiko out as a result of his knee and being on IR and Nigel Bradham serving his 1 game suspension, Brown is the next in line to start at the weak side. He will get his chance against the Chicago Bears and will have to be on his toes ready to go with the weapons they have in Chicago. [Sports Media 101]
Recently, ESPN pegged the Bills as the 29th ranked team in their power poll. Their next poll didn’t have the Bills fairing much better when they took a gander at overall records. ESPNers have the Bills finishing with a 3-13 record and starting the season off with a 1-7 record. What say you Bills fans? [ESPN]
The Buffalo Bills and Doug Marrone are looking to get C.J. Spiller the ball 20-25 times a game. Not too bad. But they are not looking to hand the ball off to him that many times. They will look to pass the ball to him. They are also using him as a return man for kickoffs which will get him the ball a couple more times a game. Good or Bad strategy? [Syracuse.com]
The Chicago Bears are looking for any type of answer at the safety position. A position in which they struggled last year allowing points and yards which turned out to be franchise records; Not good. The Bears might be rotating their safeties throughout the game. The Bills could see up to three different safeties in any combination. [Chicago Tribune]