Starters on both sides of the ball have struggled during the Bills' first two preseason games. The offense couldn't do anything in the week one 7-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, and the defense allowed seven Vikings to gain at least 21 yards on a single play in last week's 36-14 loss at Minnesota.
The defense, in particular, would love to rebound from last week's sub-par effort. The front four got two sacks on the first Vikings series, but Christian Ponder still orchestrated an 80-yard drive that saw little opposition from Buffalo. The Vikings were held to a field goal on their second series, but only because rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore defended two pass plays at the goal line.
The offense, too, would like to see some improvement. The starters have produced only seven points through two games, spending more time practicing a no-huddle offense in a live situation than on actual game planning.
Guard Erik Pears and defensive end Mark Anderson will sit out for the Bills, while center Eric Wood will get more snaps as he continues his recovery from an injury. Cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Justin Rogers are expected to see their first action of the preseason after missing the first weeks due to injury.
The coaches will be busy after the game ends, as they have to trim the roster from 86 players to 75 by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
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