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Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos first-half game thread

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A win puts Buffalo in a great place in the playoff race

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The Buffalo Bills play host to the Denver Broncos this week, and both teams find themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum this season. The Bills have won seven games and lost only three, with four of those wins coming by one score or less. The Broncos have won three games and lost seven, with five of those seven losses coming by one score or less.

Both teams boast top-ten defensive units with middling offenses. The quarterbacks for both teams have the same surname, with Josh Allen riding a hot streak and Brandon Allen coming off a subpar game. Both teams should lean heavily on their running game, with rookie Devin Singletary expected to command most of the attention for Buffalo and second-year players Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman splitting the load for Denver.

Both teams boast a receiver having a career year, with Denver’s Courtland Sutton trailing only Buffalo’s John Brown among AFC wide receivers in total receiving yards. In short, while the teams’ records might suggest that this is a lopsided game, the teams themselves aren’t separated by very much.

A win for the Bills would give them prime position in the AFC Wild Card picture, as they would sit at 8-3 with a 6-2 record in the AFC. A win for the Broncos would keep their playoff hopes, slim as they may be, mathematically alive. The stakes are high this afternoon in what should be a tightly contested game.

Your first half thread is here, ladies and gentlemen. Wherever you are, enjoy the game, and go Bills!