The 4-3 Chicago Bears head to upstate New York to take on the 2-6 Buffalo Bills. We preview the Week 9 matchup with BuffaLowDown.
It’s rare that the Bears are ever double-digit favorites, much less on the road. In fact, the last time they were such big favorites was back in October 2006 when they visited the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football in what’s become known as the Dennis Greene “Crown Their Ass” game. We know that game wasn’t as easy as it appeared on the surface. This is certainly not the time to take anyone lightly.
The Bills beat the Vikings earlier this season as a heavy underdog, but they did it with their quarterback of the future Josh Allen. He’s out with an elbow injury and his backup Derek Anderson is questionable coming off the concussion protocol.
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The Bills offense has struggled mightily this season, failing to score more than 13 points in six of their eight games. Meanwhile, the Bears defense has been stout even without Khalil Mack. They haven’t given up a rushing touchdown yet this season. Hopefully, that will continue this Sunday.
The concern heading into the game is the Bears offense going against the Bills defense. The Bills were hanging around with the Patriots last week into the third quarter in large part thanks to their defense. If the Bears are going to come out with a convincing win, they’re going to need Mitch Trubisky and the offense to have a clean, mistake-free game.
To help us preview the Bears vs Bills Week 9 matchup, we’ve enlisted the help of Steve Kubitza from BuffaLowDown to give us a Bills perspective on the game.
1. It’s a tough break for the Bills to be without quarterback Josh Allen. What have you seen from the rookie to give Bills fans hope for the future? What can the Bears expect to see from Nathan Peterman filling in for Allen?
Josh Allen hasn’t been great in any sense, but he has been good. He picked up a signature win in Minnesota and even when he struggles through the air, he has shown the ability to rush for big gains and even touchdowns. The problem is that the sample size is so small, I can’t definitively say whether fans should be optimistic about his future. He needs more talent around him before we can make a fair judgment.
As for Peterman, I wouldn’t be surprised if he threw three interceptions and gets pulled in favor of Matt Barkley, who showed up a few days ago. Peterman has done nothing but turn the ball over and is only starting by default.