Buffalo is clinging to a one-game lead as the top Wild Card team in the AFC with six games remaining and every game, especially a chance to pick up another conference win, is huge if Buffalo wants to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Especially knowing the Bills face their toughest portion of the schedule, with upcoming games against the Dallas Cowboys (6-4), Baltimore Ravens (8-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) and New England Patriots (9-1) before closing out the regular season at home vs. the New York Jets (3-7).
The Bills are coming off arguably their most complete game of the year in a 37-20 throttling of the Miami Dolphins in Week 11, where Josh Allen put together perhaps his best game as a professional, the defense sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick seven times, and Buffalo dominated the Dolphins in every aspect of the game...besides kick coverage.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are on a four-game losing streak and are coming off a 27-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a game where Denver took a 20-0 lead into halftime, only to surrender touchdowns on all four Minnesota drives in the second half. Denver became the first team in five years to lose a regular-season game after leading by 20 or more points at halftime: a span of 100 games.
A fun aside, this will be the first time two unrelated quarterbacks with the same last name will start opposite each other since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Brad Johnson defeated the Atlanta Falcons’ Doug Johnson 31-10 on Sept. 21, 2003 (shoutout to former Rumblings’ contributor Jeff Hunter for this statistic on Twitter).
This will be the 38th meeting all-time between the Bills and Broncos.
Buffalo leads the series 21-16-1, and has been victorious in three of the last four match-ups. The Bills prevailed 26-16 on Sept. 24, 2017 on a steamy day at New Era Field. Tyrod Taylor completed 20 of 26 passes for 213 yards with two touchdown passes (to Charles Clay and Andre Holmes), while the defense picked off Trevor Siemian twice (by E.J. Gaines and Tre’Davious White) and sacked him three times (Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson).
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WCWN 45 in Albany and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst).
Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, NY
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Full participant: S Jaquan Johnson (hand).
- Limited participant: DT Jordan Phillips (toe).
- Did not practice: DE Jerry Hughes (groin), S Siran Neal (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle).
- Full participant: DL Mike Purcell (ribs), S Will Parks (hand).
- Limited participant: TE Jeff Heuerman (knee), T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ron Leary (shoulder/neck), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot/wrist), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder).
- Did not practice: LB Justin Hollins (hamstring), ILB Joe Jones (foot), G Connor McGovern (back), OL Dalton Risner (ankle).