Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and the Buffalo Bills faced off against his former team, the Detroit Lions, on Thursday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The final week of the preseason is rarely exciting, but the Buffalo Bills’ preseason finale gave plenty of reasons for fans of the team to be discouraged going into the regular season. Despite playing starters on both offense and defense in the first quarter, the Bills lost, 23-0, to finish the preseason with a 1-4 record.
The score and record will be long forgotten when the Bills play their regular-season opener 10 days from Thursday, but they certainly didn’t want to end the exhibition season by being shut out.
The story of the Bills’ struggles throughout the month of August was the first-team offense’s inability to put together even one touchdown drive against a starting defense. Manuel and the group around him continued to struggle Thursday, and have to play much better for the Bills to stand any chance in their regular season opener versus the Chicago Bears.