BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills enter Week 6 at a critical, all-too-familiar stage in their season. Bringing a 2-3 record into a four-game stretch against teams with winning records, the Bills have to come up with multiple big wins to keep their season from falling apart.
The Bills were already set to be underdogs in each of their next four games, but the task of winning any of those games will be made significantly tougher because of the team’s quarterback situation. EJ Manuel is expected to miss at least those four games due to a sprained LCL in his left knee, which forced the team to promote Thad Lewis from their practice squad and make him the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ranking 28th in the NFL with 196 yards per game, the Bills’ passing offense had already been sluggish this offseason, but it now falls upon the shoulders of Lewis to play the best football of his career and give the injury-plagued offense a necessary spark. That could prove to be a tough task against the Bengals defense, which ranks eighth in the NFL with 316.8 yards allowed per game and seventh in the NFL with 17.4 points allowed per game.
The Bills have alternated losses with wins through the first five weeks of the season, but continuing the pattern with an upset victory of the Bengals, with a quarterback who has not even been on an NFL 53-man roster this year until this week, could be too tall of a task.