Alright, it’s about time to kick off the 2007 Buffalo Bills season! This year brings us a home opener in Orchard Park where the weather should be in the high 60’s and rainy, just what the Bills like.
This is a tough match up for Buffalo. First we can look at Buffalo’s strong points on offense from last year, or maybe strong point; the long passing. Denver’s corners, Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, will certainly provide a problem for JP Losman when he tries to get the ball to Lee Evans and Peerless Price. Look for Roscoe Parrish and Josh Reed to see some action in this one. On the ground, the Bills will look to perform much better than in recent years. Marshawn Lynch looks great on paper against the relatively weak defensive line of the Broncos. Look for him to have at least a decent inaugural NFL game.
Now on defense, the Bills painfully weak rush defense may not improve…at least against former Buffalo Bill Travis Henry. Henry has proven his worth with two NFL teams, and now expects to have his best year while playing for a proven rushing-focused team in the Denver Broncos. Last time Henry played against the Bills, he ran for 135 yards with the Tennessee Titans. I don’t expect him to do any worse in this week 1 home opener. Terrence McGee and Donte Whitner headline the Bills’ secondary. Jay Cutler put up a decent showing last year, but against a tough pass rush and a secondary like that of the Bills, I expect him to have a tough week 1.
This should be a very physical game, and the weather could keep both teams trying to get to the end zone on the ground instead of in the air. Buffalo’s excellent special teams are always a threat to give the Bills a fighting chance in a tough match up. In many Bills games, the most exciting part is the play of the special teams, and I expect this game will be no different. This should be a defensive bruiser of a game. I’m predicting a low scoring game with Buffalo squeezing out a narrow victory.
Prediction: Buffalo 13 | Denver 9