1. Cody Ford is prepared for one of his toughest matchups of the season
Cody Ford will have one of the toughest matchups of his rookie season today and he won’t have veteran right tackle Ty Nsekhe to rotate with. Nsekhe has already been ruled out for today with an ankle injury. Ford will be Buffalo’s primary option at right tackle with Ryan Bates as the swing tackle.
“I guess the best thing I can say in preparation is that every game was different as far as I was in and when I wasn’t in so it’s not like I saw the same thing for 10 games, I saw everything I could see in them,” Ford said.
Ford’s matchup will be former NFL defensive player of the year Von Miller.
“Let’s not keep the elephant in the room, they do have Von Miller and you know he is who he is and it shows up on tape,” Ford said. “It all comes down to us executing and we got to do our style of play and that’s all we can do.”
Ford is the least experienced member on the offensive line and will look toward right guard Jon Felciano for help as Buffalo hopes to come out with their eighth victory of the season.
“Yeah definitely knowing that I have help on the inside. We treat every game the same and obviously we know we help out with anybody with our execution and our rules and our playbook,” Ford said.
2. This NFL.com analyst believes Josh Allen is turning the corner
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Josh Allen is turning the corner in his second season, leading the Bills toward locking up a playoff spot.
In 2019, Allen is applying the lessons learned from an inconsistent rookie season, as he has become a more steady passer and playmaker for the Bills. He's gone five consecutive games without an interception (career-long streak) and he's posted a passer rating greater than 110 in three of his last five games. The rising young passer has accounted for 12 offensive touchdowns since Week 6 (tied for third-most during that span).
With Allen showing growth as a passer, the added emphasis on the short game has helped him improve his completion rate and keep the offense on schedule. Most importantly, it has helped Allen cut down on the turnovers that plagued him a season ago.
Now, Allen has yet to lead his team to a win over an opponent that currently has a winning record this season, so I understand why there are Bills (and Allen) skeptics. This squad still has a great chance to advance to the playoffs, though, and I believe it's time to pay closer attention (and a little more respect) to an unorthodox playmaker who is quickly emerging as a franchise quarterback in Western New York.
3. Andre Roberts enjoying his new team
Andre Roberts relocated from New Jersey to Buffalo this offseason to become the Bills kick returner and prove himself as a reliable option in the passing game. Roberts joined teammate Cole Beasley on Uninterrupted’s “17 Weeks” podcast to discuss the change.
"It’s so much better than being in New Jersey,” Roberts said. “It’s a little colder up here, but it’s a lot better. The organization is better from top to bottom. It’s my sixth team so I can definitely compare good from bad and this is one of the better organizations so it’s good to be here.”
Roberts is leading the Bills kickoff unit to the best return average in the NFL. He is currently third in the league in kick return average.
“In order for you to be a good team, they have to talk with each other, understand each other and understand what each other wants out of a team,” Roberts said. “That’s the top part. Within the team and the players, you can tell people care about each other, players care about each other and want to play for each other. When you get guys going with each other like that everybody goes harder in games.”