Thursday, August 19, 2010
Setting the stage for Bills-Colts in Toronto
TORONTO -- A gorgeous day is about to be blocked out by the retractable roof here at the Rogers Centre, but whenever a football game is about to be played, you can't complain.
I just arrived at my seat in the press box for Thursday night's exhibition between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. It's a "home" date for the Bills, their fourth in an eight-game package they sold to Toronto promoters for $78 million.
What I'll be watching from a Bills perspective is how the quarterbacks perform. Trent Edwards will start. Brian Brohm will run the second-string offense for his first action of the preseason.
We should get a long look at rookie running back C.J. Spiller. He played in last week's preseason opener, but injuries to Fred Jackson (broken hand) and Marshawn Lynch (sprained ankle) should give Spiller more chances to make plays.
The Bills' offensive line is supposed to be intact for the first time, with left tackle Demetrius Bell, right guard Eric Wood and right tackle Cornell Green starting after missing the opener.
The Bills' new 3-4 defense will face another top quarterback. Facing Peyton Manning could provide some insightful moments in the first quarter for last year's second-ranked pass defense.
Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny is expected to make his preseason debut. He has been limited in training camp while recovering from minor groin surgery.