To keep their sliver of playoff hopes alive, the Buffalo Bills will start what needs to be a four-game win streak against the 3-9 Indianapolis Colts. If the Bills lose this game, you might want to start Googling different mock drafts until April. These five guys can help the Bills win and keep fans and the rest of the league interested.
QB Nathan Peterman
Assuming he starts, Peterman will have a chance to go and prove to the rest of the world that the blunder against the Chargers was just him getting all the interceptions he had to throw out of his system. The Colts are 29th in the NFL in total defense and dead last against the pass. With a few of their Week one starters out of the lineup, it'll make things easier in theory for whoever is under center at kickoff.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy is inching closer and closer to his 10,000 career rushing yards milestone with only 195 yards to go. The Indianapolis rushing defense isn't as generous as the Patriots’. They give up 3.9 yards a carry, which is better the more than half of the NFL. Shady wasn't given the ball enough last week and played a role in the Bills not controlling the clock. Hopefully, Rick Dennison will get their best offensive player more involved than 15 carries.
DE Jerry Hughes
This shouldn't be a tough team to stop. Offensively, the Colts are almost as bad as their defense. Hughes has not had a good year and no one has really batted an eye. He has three sacks on the year with the last coming in Week 4 against the Falcons. Hughes also went two straight games without recording a single tackle. It has been a while since we've heard Hughes’ name called for something other than a penalty; with a below average Colts’ offensive line, he will have his chance to make a few plays.
DE Eddie Yarbrough
Yarbrough will take the place of the injured Shaq Lawson for the remaining four games of the season. Lawson has started to have the word “bust” written around his name and Yarbrough will have the opportunity to make a case to be the starter going into next year. Yarbrough has 6 fewer tackles than Lawson and has taken about 130 fewer snaps than him. A heavy dose of Yarbrough has the potential to push other guys down the depth chart.
DT Kyle Williams
Williams is having another solid year up front but he isn't getting much help from the other guys with their hand in the dirt. Again, the Colts’ offensive line and the offense as a whole isn't very good. Williams should be able to control the line of scrimmage and set the tone for the Bills defense. Whether you like it or not, Kyle Williams’ days playing for the Bills are numbered. This could very well be one of the last games he plays in Buffalo. Enjoy the limited time with him as a football player and as a man.