The Buffalo Bills (1-1) head home to face the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at New Era Field in Week 3 of the NFL’s preseason, and the Buffalo Rumblings podcast is here with everything you need leading up to the dress rehearsal game of the preseason.
On the latest edition of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by co-host Anthony Marino to preview the game, target key players/positions to watch when the Bills play the Bengals (specifically the offensive and defensive lines and Buffalo’s linebackers), and give their predictions for the game.
Before getting into Xs and Os, Boccacino and Marino address the disturbing situation involving former Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito, who was arrested Monday on charges of disorderly conduct and making threats to funeral home employees. Incognito was there because his father passed away over the weekend.
Returning to the field, our podcasting duo mentioned the importance of this third preseason game, which is usually viewed as the most important since it is traditionally when the starters will see the most playing time.
While it is important for the starters to demonstrate their readiness for the regular season, it is important to ensure the starters work while not leaving them on the field for too long, because nothing good comes from a veteran or a rookie suffering an injury during a game that doesn’t count for anything other than practice.
Regarding the areas to watch, the offensive line, which endured its worst game of the year vs. the Cleveland Browns, needs to bounce back against the other NFL team from Ohio. Two players in particular need of a bounce-back game are Dion Dawkins and Russell Bodine.
Boccacino and Marino both expect a better effort from the defensive line, which was gashed by the Browns’ starters for 7.3 yards per play and a touchdown on the opening drive of the 19-17 win in Week 2. After the opening-drive struggles, Buffalo’s defense fared much better, allowing 181 total yards (including only 76 passing yards) the rest of the game.
Among the other topics discussed: the impact running back Marcus Murphy is having on the offense, the signing of veteran punter Jon Ryan to compete with incumbent starter Colton Schmidt, and the evolution of middle linebacker and first-round draft pick Tremaine Edmunds.
The podcast team also offers an update on the generosity Bills fans showed to Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd after a late touchdown pass in Week 17 helped the Bills snap their 17-year playoff drought.
The fans in Western New York showed their gratitude by donating more than $450,000 to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, and Dalton and his wife will present the money to the pediatric department of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center some time before Sunday’s game.
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