With Bills' starting defensive end, Mark Anderson out indefinitely with a knee injury, the Bills head into Arizona with just three defensive ends. For defensive end Kyle Moore, that means he should be seeing plenty of reps this week after seeing his first game action of the year in San Francisco.
"Just coming in last week and getting a feel of putting the pads back on and dressing up on Sunday," Moore said. "I got some plays last week and this week is probably going to be triple that. So I'm definitely determined to come in and execute."
Formerly a 2009 fourth round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Moore impressed the Bills' in preseason registering seven tackles and one pass defended. Buddy Nix said he expects Moore to come out and play with the same intensity that made the coaching staff decide to keep him.
"When we started he probably didn't figure into the 53 when he started out," Nix said. "But he had some good preseason games and did a lot of good things in practice. He's got ability. He's a good pass rusher, that's what he does best. The reason we kept is for this, in case he had to step in and play. We expect him to play good."
The 4-1 Cardinals come into Sunday's game leading the league in sacks allowed with 23. Moore said this couldn't be a better opportunity to get the defensive line on a roll.
"Your eyes get real big and it wasn't just last week's game," said Moore. "Philadelphia was getting back there and New England was getting back there. So you kind of lick your chops when you watch film on those guys. You see guys getting pressure and we think we're the best D-line in the country so we've got to go out there and do the same exact thing.
"Watching the film your eyes get big, but we can't talk about going on there and executing, we've just got to go out there and do it."
The Bills' defense is currently tied for 18th in the league in sacks with 10. Anderson accounts for only one of those, but head coach Chan Gailey said the defense will miss his intensity that gets the whole line fired up.
"He has been a very good addition to our football team," Gailey said. "You hate to lose people that have his kind of energy and have been playing the way that he has been playing. It hurts your depth, it hurts your pass rush, and it hurts every little thing there. Next guy in line has to step up."
Defensive end Mario Williams agreed saying everyone needs to fill the void.
"It is going to be a huge challenge," Williams said. "Mark is a great player. Having him, his intensity, and his demeanor out on the field is definitely going to be a (challenge) for us. We have to be able to pick it up. Not just us needing to do it for ourselves, but to fill in his place and the injuries we have been faced with. Go out and play better."
Although Moore has never registered a sack in his career, the former USC product said he's been itching for an opportunity to show what he can do on the field.
"It's the reason why they've got me on this team," Moore said. "In case anybody goes down I have to step up and fill in for guys, so this is my opportunity to go out and play a little bit more than I have all season long. I just want to go out there and show it to them."