Sunday, October 13, 2013
Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium
By Mike Rodak
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals. (CBS, 1 p.m. ET)
Weather conditions: It's a cloudy Sunday in Western New York. Temperatures are will hover in the mid-60s throughout the game, and there is a chance of showers. Winds should not be a factor.
Johnson, Gilmore game-time decisions: We'll be monitoring the status of wide receiver Stevie Johnson (lower back) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) in pregame warm-ups. Both listed as questionable, head coach Doug Marrone said Friday that they will be game-time decisions. If Johnson, who was in California most of the week following a death in the family, can't start, it will break a string of 48 consecutive starts. Johnson's streak is the second longest among active NFL receivers, behind Larry Fitzgerald (50 starts).
Five more inactives: The Bills have already declared two players -- cornerback Ron Brooks (foot) and quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) -- as out for Sunday's game. The Bills will need to declare five more players as inactive by 11:30 a.m.
Game-day chats: Starting at 11 a.m., ESPN.com will host a "Sunday Countdown" chat, with observations from reporters across the NFL as game time approaches. Then, once Bills-Bengals kicks off at 1 p.m., we'll have an in-game chat where readers can contribute questions and follow along with in-game observations. Look for links to those later today.
Hochuli gets the call: Veteran official Ed Hochuli, in his 22nd season as a referee, gets the call for today's game.