A week after the backups took center stage in an opening win over the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Josh Allen and most of the Buffalo Bills’ starters will see “a healthy amount” of game time when Buffalo hosts the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium in week 2 of the preseason of the NFL.
That’s according to head coach Sean McDermott, who didn’t elaborate on the issue of playing time in the media on Thursday.
Allen was in the same boat as the vast majority of Buffalo’s starters in last Saturday’s 27-24 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts when McDermott chose to seed his Week 1 starters.
But with the NFL utilizing a compressed three-game preseason, it appears McDermott will use the duel with the Broncos as the team’s dress rehearsal ahead of the 2022 regular season, which begins Thursday, Sept. 8 with Buffalo taking the road against the defending champion of the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams.
No word on if edge rusher and former bronco Von Miller will face off against his former team. The last time the Bills and Broncos met preseason was 2011, Miller’s rookie year in the league. Miller fired then-Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Denver emerged with a 24-10 win over Buffalo on August 20, 2011.
On the other hand, Nathaniel Hackett, former Buffalo offensive coordinator and first-year head coach for the Broncos, has yet to announce his plans for his Week 2 starters. He previously said that quarterback Russell Wilson doesn’t necessarily need to play in the preseason given his past starting experience.
Counting the win in the preseason opener, the Bills have won their last eight preseason games, spanning more than 1,450 days. The last time Buffalo lost a preseason game was on August 26, 2018, when the Bills lost 28-16 to Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 of the 2018 preseason.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch and/or listen to Buffalo’s second preseason game.
Date: Saturday 20 August 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be nationally broadcast on the NFL Network and also on WIVB (CBS) in Buffalo, WROC (CBS) in Rochester, WSYR (ABC) in Syracuse, WPNY (My Network TV) in Utica, WETM (NBC) in Elmira, WXXA ( FOX) in Albany, WWTI (ABC) in Watertown and WJET (ABC) in Erie, Pa.
Announcer: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), former Bill Steve Tasker (analyst) and Cynthia Frelund (sideline reporter)
Stream: FuboTV and the Buffalo Bills App (particularly helpful for those with DIRECTV)
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), 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 Eric Wood with part-time reporter Sal Capaccio
On-line: NFL+ (for live content), NFL+ Premium (for replays), NFL.com Game Center
Line: invoice until 6
bet: DraftKings Sportsbook
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Bill’s 2022 preseason schedule
- Week 1: Buffalo Bills 27, Indianapolis Colts 24
- Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos; Saturday, August 20 1:00 p.m. EDT (Children’s Day)
- Week 3: at the Carolina Panthers; Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. EDT