BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
Buffalo moved to 2-0 on Friday night in a game that became closely contested late over the Vikings 20-16.
Kevin Kolb finished well for the Bills, but his rough start cannot be ignored. Manuel came in and played well immediately against the Vikings but was playing against the team’s second and third string players. Buffalo should give Manuel the start next week against the Washington Redskins. If Manuel performs well, the starting quarterback job should belong to the rookie.
For a second consecutive game, Buffalo’s offensive line played well enough to keep their quarterbacks standing and open lanes for the team’s running backs. The team still has a question mark at left guard, but it’s good to see the line playing well.
Many wide receivers played well for Buffalo on Friday night. I don’t envy the coaching staff that needs to cut this group down to six players. The Bills are going to have to let a lot of talent walk away.
On defense, Jerry Hughes continued to build on his strong training camp with two sacks and a forced fumble. Hughes looks like a great fit in Mike Pettine’s defense. Buffalo had four sacks against the Vikings with Marcus Dowtin and Marcell Dareus each getting a sack.
In the preseason you should take everything with a grain of salt, but it certainly appears that Buffalo’s defense is going to be much improved in 2013.