Buffalo Bills debutants to face Denver Broncos replacements
The Buffalo Bills play their second preseason game of 2022 tomorrow afternoon, when they host the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The big story leading up to this game is the fact that head coach Sean McDermott will face a slew of starters on Saturday. He made the announcement to the media on Thursday morning.
Josh Allen will play there, in McDermott’s words, “a fair amount.”
It will be children’s day at the stadium and with the forecast of 85 degrees and sunshine you can expect crowds close to capacity for the second week in a row.
However, Bills fans are unlikely to see the Denver Broncos starters on the field to face the Bills starters.
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said the Bills playing their starters won’t affect their plan to play substitutes.
Hackett doesn’t like to start in pre-season, according to the Mile High report.
“You know me, I don’t like pre-season” said Hacket. “It’s just my philosophy… At the end of the day, we want to be smart with the guys. It’s a 17-game season.
Hackett is a former offensive coordinator for the Bills, having held the position from 2013 to 2014 under Doug Marrone.
Instead, the Broncos will start journeyman Josh Johnson at quarterback. Johnson played for half of the NFL teams during his 14-year NFL career, which dates back to 2008. Russell Wilson will not play.
This will likely be the only chance fans will have to see most of the starters for the preseason. Safety Jordan Poyer won’t play, however, as he’s still recovering from a hyperextended elbow.
Seeing how Allen fares with new OC Ken Dorsey is something to watch, but most fans will undoubtedly want a healthy, injury-free game. It’s the number one fear of every pre-season.
Both bettors are expected to see action, with Matt Araiza and Matt Haack battling it out for the job, but most believe the job has already been secured by Araiza and Haack could be released before next Tuesday.
Kick-off is at 1 p.m. and as always, Abbott Road will be closed four hours before kick-off.
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