Following the franchises first playoff win in 25 years, the Buffalo Bills will head to Denver to take on the Broncos for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. It would be their first super bowl appearance since 1993 when they lost four consecutive super bowl appearances. Here are the keys to Sunday’s game.
The Bills and Broncos previously met up just a few weeks ago. It was a great game that the Broncos were ultimately just able to hold onto for the win. This time things are a little different as the game is now in Denver and for a whole lot more. Will it be a similar game to the first one?
Broncos pass rush
The Denver Broncos have a fierce pass rush, which is one of the reasons why they’ve been so good. Von Miller leads the team with 12.5 sacks, while the newly acquired Jurrell Casey has 11.5 sacks this season. Throw in former first-round pick Bradley Chubb who’s got 8.5 sacks this season, and it’s easy to see why this Denver front is a tough as they come.
A game in the trenches
Not only does Denver win in the trenches on defense but they like to do the same on offense. The Broncos are one of the best rushing teams in football. Last week against the Colts, they rushed for 152 yards as a team. They’re led by the duo of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon.
A historic matchup
The last time the Bills and the Broncos were playing each other for such high stakes, you’d have to go back to the days of Jon Elway and Jim Kelly. It’s been a long time since both these teams have been good at the same time. It’s refreshing to see this old rivalry come back to life.
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