The Buffalo Bills head into Week 5 of the NFL season facing another tough opponent in the Green Bay Packers. Following last week’s 27-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, there is reason for Bills fans to have some sense of optimism heading into the team’s game at Lambeau Field. In preparation for Sunday’s match-ups, here are five players to watch for the Bills.
This is a no-brainer for Bills fans, as Josh Allen looks to maintain the momentum from his performance in Minnesota. Allen was able to make plays with his arm and his feet, and there is a new sense of optimism surrounding his potential to become the franchise quarterback for the Bills. While it may be a bit much to expect another three-touchdown performance from Allen, all eyes will be on the young quarterback in hopes that his progression as an NFL starter continues.
Having missed the game against the Vikings, LeSean McCoy declared himself healthy enough to play during Wednesday’s session with the media. It has been a slow start to the 2018 season for McCoy, and the star running back will look to get going against a Packer defense that gives up 125 rush yards per game.
While Matt Milano was a worthy choice for the NFL Defensive Player of the Week award in Week 3, it would be hard to argue if Jerry Hughes had received the award instead. Hughes was an absolute menace in Minnesota, and will look to provide pressure against Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. The constant pressure from Hughes allowed the rest of the defensive line to make plays last weekend, and Bills fans can hope that Hughes will deliver another similar performance on Sunday.
It has been a tough start to the 2018 season for Kelvin Benjamin, as the team’s top receiver has struggled with drops throughout the first three games. There has been plenty of criticism directed at Benjamin, and fans can only hope that he starts to develop some consistency this week.
Phillip Gaines/Ryan Lewis
The Bills announced that Phillip Gaines was a full participant at practice on Wednesday, and it will be interesting to see if he gets the start in Green Bay. Ryan Lewis performed well in Gaines’ absence, so it will be interesting to see how Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier use both cornerbacks against the Packers offense.
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