ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Arthur Moats #52 of the Buffalo Bills hits Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles causing Vick to throw an interception in the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills had questions at the outside linebacker position entering the 2011 season - and thanks to a 4-1 start, those questions were largely forgotten. Now, entering a key Week 6 battle against the New York Giants, the Bills have those same questions - and they'll try to answer them without the services of starters Shawne Merriman and Chris Kelsay.
That means that two 2010 sixth-round picks, Arthur Moats and Danny Batten, will represent the core of the team's pass-rushing efforts tomorrow afternoon. Spencer Johnson will also see time at outside linebacker, but as he's more of a run-down option at that position, it'll be on the two pro sophomores to pressure Eli Manning.
They'll have an opportunity to make a big impact in that department, too. The Giants have had problems along the entire offensive line this season, as Manning has taken 14 sacks - the fourth-highest total among teams this year. Starting tackles Will Beatty and Kareem McKenzie have been the subject of fan ire. If the Bills are hoping to continue their streak of forcing at least two turnovers per game this season, Moats and Batten will need to provide pressure off the edge against the Giants' beleaguered offensive line.