The SideLion Report staff gives their take on what lies ahead for the NFL week five matchup between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
Braden Shackelford – With the AFC East legitimately up for grabs and a new QB at the helm, I fully expect the Bills to bring their A game to Ford Field. However, the Lions are simply a better team and as long as they play a clean football game they should win. Lions win 27-20.
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Kent Platte – Kyle Orton against the #1 defense in the NFL? Some point to Orton’s 4-0 record against the Lions as reason for pause, but the last of those four wins was in 2008. Orton has been retired more recently than he has been playing real football, and the Lions should feast. The Bills defense is stout, but will be without two of its best players as Kyle Williams and Nigel Bradham are expected to be out. Even against a statistically strong defense like Buffalo, I expect the Lions to have more than 100 yards for one of their rushers. Against the worst interior OL in the league, Suh and Fairley should eat, with each netting a sack a piece. Lions over Bills, 30-10.
Alex Reno – The Bills match up with the Lions much like the Jets did last Sunday. If the Lions can make Kyle Orton beat them, then they should have no problem getting their fourth win of the season. I believe they’ll play another clean game and win by at least two touchdowns. The storyline leading up to this Sunday will most likely be about Ndamukong Suh’s contract and Jim Schwartz, but after Sunday, it’ll be about the Lions being a real threat in the NFC. Lions win 28-13.
Max DeMara – The Lions are on a roll defensively, and that’s bad news for new starter Kyle Orton and the Bills. This week, I expect to see some offensive consistency return, too. Detroit runs the ball, puts on a show through the air and blows out Buffalo with ease. Lions 36, Bills 17
Darin Ackerman – This week is a no-brainer. After a shake up at the QB position for Buffalo, Kyle Orton will be taking over for EJ Manuel. Despite a consistently respectable run effort by the Bills, the Lions’ number one ranked defense will be able to hold them to one touchdown. Former Lions’ Head Coach Jim Schwartz will put together a solid game plan and have his defense ready to play, but after sixty minutes of play it won’t be enough. Prediction: Detroit Lions 24, Buffalo Bills 10.
Zac Snyder – I can’t quite put my finger on it but something about the Lions’ upcoming game against the Bills has me feeling uneasy. I’m not sure if was seeing the Bills win on the road at Chicago in week one or just the natural result of being a Lions fan for the last couple of decades. Hopefully it’s the latter and My uneasiness will be proven unwarranted. Lions 24, Bills 17