In Monday night's clash, a perennial powerhouse faces off against a team aiming to extend its first winning streak of the season. Despite the Buffalo Bills' 5-4 record, they find themselves sliding down the ranks of contenders due to a string of alternating wins and losses over the past six games. Although still holding a top-five position in offensive yards and both offensive and defensive scoring, the Bills' inconsistency has pushed them to the No. 8 seed, just outside the playoff picture.
Conversely, the Denver Broncos enter the game with momentum after consecutive victories against the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, ending a 16-game losing streak against the latter. Despite this positive turn, the Broncos sit two games below .500, facing a challenging schedule with seven of their final nine games against teams at or above .500.
The road back into playoff contention for the Broncos may hinge on an upset against the Bills. As they prepare to face off on Monday night, here are four key aspects to watch:
1. Bills Offense and Josh Allen's Form: The Bills' offensive powerhouse, led by quarterback Josh Allen, is in need of a reset. Despite leading the NFL with 24 offensive touchdowns, Allen has also recorded 11 giveaways, with his nine interceptions tying for the league lead. The Bills' offensive output has dipped in recent games, averaging just 20.2 points per game over the last five, compared to 41 during their three-game winning streak. Facing a Denver defense that has shown improvement but still ranks last in yards and points surrendered, the Bills aim to capitalize on this matchup.
2. Denver Offense's Rebound: Russell Wilson, despite a challenging start after joining the Broncos, is quietly rebounding from a difficult 2022 season. With 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions, Wilson is showcasing progress. Running back Javonte Williams and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy are also finding their rhythm, presenting signs of life for the Broncos' offense. The challenge lies in sustaining this momentum against the Bills' stout defense.
3. Von Miller's Return to Denver: While not a revenge game, Von Miller faces his former team for the first time in his career.
After spending over a decade with the Broncos, Miller, now a Bill, looks to make an impact against a vulnerable Denver offensive line. Alongside Leonard Floyd, Ed Oliver, and A.J. Epenesa, the Bills boast a formidable pass rush, posing a significant challenge for the Broncos.
4. Pat Surtain II Against Buffalo's Passing Attack: Denver's strength, represented by cornerback Pat Surtain II, is pitted against Buffalo's potent passing game. Surtain leads the Broncos in passes defensed and faces the task of limiting Stefon Diggs, who leads the NFL in receptions. With additional weapons like Gabe Davis, Khalil Shakir, and Dalton Kincaid, the Broncos' secondary, led by Surtain, faces a formidable challenge against Buffalo's versatile passing attack.
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