The Buffalo Bills take on the San Francisco 49ers tonight in what essentially amounts to a neutral-field game, although the 49ers are the official home team. The Bills are looking for their ninth win in 12 games this season, while San Francisco is looking to keep their playoff hopes alive and gain a game on two divisional foes, as the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals both lost their respective games yesterday.
Buffalo is coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, a game they won 27-17. San Francisco was able to defeat the Los Angeles Rams last week in a 23-20 victory to stop a three-game losing streak. The 49ers have dealt with myriad injuries this year, with Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, Richard Sherman, and basically every running back on the roster missing significant time. Samuel and Sherman are back, as is Raheem Mostert at running back.
Garoppolo, however, remains sidelined, which means that Nick Mullens remains the starting quarterback against Buffalo’s rejuvenated defense. Josh Allen can bolster his MVP credentials by continuing his solid performance against a 49ers defense that may be missing pieces, but still ranks in the top half of the league in most categories. Stefon Diggs is still on pace to break the team record for receptions, but he’ll need a big output to put himself back on track to break the receiving yardage record, as well.
Can the Bills secure their first win on Monday Night Football since 1999? Let’s chat about it here in our first-half open thread. Enjoy the game, friends—go Bills!