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Come chat for the “dress rehearsal” preseason game as the Bills face off against the Lions

The Buffalo Bills have been kings of the preseason so far with wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. They take on a feline-related team for the second week in a row to try to make it three straight (not that we should be counting but of course we are).

The biggest story is the same as it usually is in Week 3 of the preseason. Known as the “dress rehearsal” game, the starters are expected to be on the field longer than any other contest so far. This will give Bills fans their longest look at the revamped offense with the exception of Mitch Morse. Josh Allen and his progress will be in the spotlight above all else.

With the supporting cast, keep an eye on the right side of the offensive line as there have been minor murmurs of Cody Ford shuffling around a bit. If Ford remains at guard, it’s a safe bet the starting five will be Dion Dawkins, Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse (when he’s healthy), Cody Ford, and Ty Nsekhe. Morse has been officially ruled out for tonight.

Josh Allen will look to continue his chemistry with Cole Beasley and maybe make some magic with John Brown. Devin Singletary is likely to be featured tonight. His results could create large ripples in the running back depth chart. And if not Singletary, will it be LeSean McCoy or Frank Gore?

Tommy Sweeney has been the main tight end to watch with injuries to, well, just about everyone else. Dawson Knox is set to return tonight, giving us our first look at the “other” rookie tight end.

Corey Bojorquez could take the lead in the punting competition with Cory Carter out. Tyler Kroft, Cam Lewis, and De’Ondre Wesley will also not play tonight.

If Matthew Stafford plays (it would be his first appearance this preseason), it will mark the first time the Buffalo defense faces a starting quarterback. While they’ve done well so far the last couple weeks, we’d all feel better replicating it against Stafford and company.

The starting defensive line for Detroit may also make their first appearance, providing a nice test for the aforementioned new look offensive line of Buffalo’s.

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