The Buffalo Bills (7-2) look to make another statement when they travel to face the Arizona Cardinals (5-3) on Sunday afternoon.
The Bills will have to take on Kyler Murray and the high-flying Cardinals without four key contributors after cornerback Josh Norman tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday afternoon. Norman was the only Bill to test positive, though three players were deemed to be close contacts and, therefore, were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list: cornerback Levi Wallace, tight end Tyler Kroft and safety Dean Marlowe.
Murray, who ranks eighth in the NFL in rushing yards (543) while averaging 7.1 yards per rush, loves to scramble and gain yards on designed runs, and like they did last week vs. Russell Wilson, Buffalo’s front four will once again need to win their one-on-one matchups while not over-pursuing when trying to tackle Murray.
There should be plenty of exciting matchups in this one, led by Tre’Davious White vs. DeAndre Hopkins as the two All-Pros square off for the first time since the Wild Card round in 2019.
Murray and the Cardinals’ Air Raid offense loves to line up in a spread formation (more than 70 percent of the time). How will Buffalo’s zone defense try and limit the damage that Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald can do through the passing game.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Josh Allen thrust himself back into the MVP conversation with his stellar performance vs. Seattle. While Arizona has Patrick Peterson as a shutdown cornerback, Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley will all have winnable matchups, especially if safety Budda Baker misses the game.
There should be points aplenty in the desert.
Sunday’s matchup will be the 12th all-time between the Bills and the Cardinals.
Buffalo leads the all-time series 7-4, including a 33-18 win on Sept. 25, 2016 as LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards and two TDs and the Bills’ defense picked off Carson Palmer four times, led by Stephon Gilmore (two INTs). McCoy scored Buffalo’s first two TDs as the Bills raced out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter and breezed to their first win of the year.
The last time the Bills went to the desert, Rian Lindell booted a game-winning field goal 3:50 into overtime as Buffalo emerged with a 19-16 win on Oct. 14, 2012.
Arizona is currently listed as a 2.5-point favorite. The Bills will be wearing their all white jerseys. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Time: 4:05 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WIVB 4 and 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, WYOU 22 in Binghamton, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).
Location: State Farm Stadium | Glendale, Ariz.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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- Ruled out: RB/Special Teams Taiwan Jones (hamstring), TE Tyler Kroft (Reserve/COVID-19), CB Josh Norman (Reserve/COVID-19), S Dean Marlowe (Reserve/COVID-19), CB Levi Wallace (Reserve/COVID-19).
- Questionable: OL Cody Ford (knee), S Micah Hyde (hamstring).
- Will play: QB Josh Allen (shoulder), OL Jon Feliciano (back), C Mitch Morse (concussion), CB Tre’Davious White (ankle), G Brian Winters (knee), RB TJ Yeldon (back).
- Out: DL Leki Fotu (ankle), OL Justin Murray (hand), DE Jordan Phillips (hamstring).
- Questionable: S Budda Baker (groin), RB Kenyan Drake (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (thigh), S Deionte Thompson (knee), TE Maxx Williams (ankle).