We’re two days away from the most important day of every week this fall and winter: Gameday. This one, while not the most challenging gameday on the schedule, promises to offer a good contest.
In one corner we have our beloved Atlanta Falcons, who are 3-0 despite moments of shaky play and some big names on the injury report. It has been a terrific start for the Falcons, given everything, and they’d love to run their record to 4-0 at the quarter mark of the season. That would put them in a favorable position in both the NFC South and the NFC playoff picture, and it would be nicely timed considering that they have a bye week coming up to get the likes of Vic Beasley, Courtney Upshaw and Ricardo Allen healthy. They’re also at home and rocking the 90s throwback jerseys, so this will hopefully be a feel-good game all around.
The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, are trying to play spoiler. They’re a surprising 2-1 in the AFC East despite losing Stephon Gilmore and Sammy Watkins, among others, which is a testament to coach Sean McDermott and his ability to get more out of the talent the Bills do have. They have a productive back in LeSean McCoy, some talented receiving options, a quietly terrific quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, and a strong defense that has been extremely stingy in 2017. It would be a mistake to take them lightly, as it appeared we could safely do before the season.
This game will likely come down to how real this Buffalo performance has been to this point, given that they haven’t played a single quality offense yet. If Atlanta can dictate the pace of the game and put up four-plus scores, they probably win this one walking away. If Buffalo can limit the offense, though, and keep this banged up defense off-balance, they may be able to steal one away at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. They will need Atlanta to be sloppy, in all likelihood, as the talent gap here is still significant.
Here’s the critical information you need for Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Buffalo Bills Week 4 key info
Time: Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Booth: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Prediction: Falcons win, 28-20
Key Questions: Can the Falcons keep Tyrod Taylor from wreaking havoc with his arms and legs? Will the team be able to play strong defense minus Ricardo Allen? Can Buffalo, as good as they are, actually contain Atlanta’s high-powered offense?
SB Nation Opposition Site: Buffalo Rumblings