The Detroit Lions (5-8) travel to New Era Field as they take on the Buffalo Bills (3-10).Can the Lions maintain momentum and win their second straight game to keep their playoff hopes alive? Let’s take a look.
Offensively, running back Zack Zenner will need to build off of last week’s impressive performance. Zenner had 12 carries for 54 yards along with a touchdown against Arizona. Detroit needed a back to step up with Kerryon Johnson not playing. Zenner has excellent vision which allows him to find gaps and gain positive yards. His ability to change direction and create separation is highly impressive as well.
Defensively, linebacker Jarrad Davis needs another impressive performance against Buffalo. Davis recorded a team-high eight tackles along with a sack and two tackles for loss. The second-year linebacker has progressed quite a bit since last season and his leadership has not gone unnoticed.
The Lions’ dark horse will be Quandre Diggs. Diggs has recorded 62 tackles on the season along with two defensive touchdowns. His ability to locate the ball and make plays is highly impressive within the secondary. Diggs is a true hard-hitter with a high football IQ.
Offensively, the Bills need a big performance from rookie Josh Allen. Allen has been a dominant on the ground and adequate through the air this season. However, Allen has an excellent arm and is going through your run-of-the-mill rookie inconsistency. As of right now, Allen has 490 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, rookie linebacker Terrell Edmunds could continue to impress. Edmunds recorded a team high eight tackles along with a tackle for loss and an interception against the Jets. Along with his tackling ability, Edmunds has excellent speed in pursuit.
The Bills’ dark horse will be wide receiver Robert Foster. On the season, Foster has 15 receptions and 360 receiving yards. However, his best performance came last week when Foster caught seven passes for 104 yards. The young receiver has an excellent catch radius and is highly athletic.