Lions at Bills: Sal's keys, notes and stats

December 15, 2018 - 4:40 pm

Here are three key storylines as the 4-9 Bills take on the 5-8 Detroit Lions Sunday in Orchard Park:

1. All About Allen…..Again

As the weeks wind down, every snap Josh Allen takes is more and more critical to his development.  These are the final snaps of his rookie year before he heads into his first offseason and next training camp as the unquestioned starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills.  The rookie has certainly been a lightning rod for analysts, both local and national, since he entered the league.  Much of that hasn’t changed over the past few games since he returned from an elbow injury.  So, regardless of how he plays these last three contests, Allen might not change anyone’s minds about his progress to this point, but what these games do is give the coaching staff, and Allen himself, more information and film to use as they continue to build him.

2. Replacing Milano

Linebacker Matt Milano was having an outstanding second season, but suffered a broken leg last week near the end of the game against the New York Jets.  The Bills have several options on how they might try to replace him.  Lorenzo Alexander could move from strong to weakside, with sixth-year LB Deon Lacey stepping into Lorenzo’s SLB spot.  Lacey might be the option to simply replace Milano, or it could be rookie Corey Thompson who gets a shot to show what he can do.

3. Ford time?

Running back LeSean McCoy is questionable after leaving last week’s game with a hamstring injury and being limited most of this week in practice.  If he doesn’t suit up for the game, that could very well mean rookie Keith Ford will see some carries as the backup to Chris Ivory.  Even if Shady does play, the coaching staff might want to activate Ford just to get him on the field and a look at what he can bring to the running back spot going forward.


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