Here's a look at stories involving the Buffalo Bills from around the country.
1. "There’s a reason the undefeated Broncos are ripe to get upset in Buffalo," the Denver Post wrote.
That reason, according to columnist Mark Kiszla, is Bills' offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was a longtime Broncos coach and the offensive coordinator on their 2015 Super Bowl team.
Dennison broke into the league as an offensive assistant with Denver in 1995 and worked his way up to offensive coordinator. He went to Houston in 2010 and then coached quarterbacks with Baltimore in 2014, which is where he worked with Tyrod Taylor, before returning to Denver for their Super Bowl run in 2015. He became available for the Bills when Gary Kubiak retired from coaching after last season.
So what makes Kiszla so confident Dennison's Bills could give the Broncos a game? Here are a few reasons from his column:
• This is essentially Dennison's Super Bowl this season, Kiszla wrote, since he's "unlikely to get a sniff of the playoffs with the Bills."
• He knows the ins and outs of quarterback Trevor Siemian better than anyone.
• He's not afraid to win ugly. "He finds satisfaction in trying to muck up the game for three quarters and sneaking away with a 17-14 victory in the end," Kiszla wrote.
So what do we think? An easy retort to crediting Dennison with being the key to an upset would be ... did you see the Bills' offense last week?
On the other hand, you could say that a lot was made last week about Sean McDermott knowing the gameplan to limiting Cam Newton since he came from Carolina, and that essentially proved true, so isn't this kind of the same thing?
We'll see how this plays out Sunday, but I'd be hesitant to give Dennison too much credit for the other side of the ball. It's still McDermott's defense, and Sieman may not be as good as he's played the first two weeks anyway. If this is Dennison's Super Bowl, he can prove it by getting the offense back on track.
2. Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles is listed as questionable.
Things looked bad for Bolles last week when he was carted off the field with a leg injury, but he was diagnosed with a bone bruise and was able to practice in a limited function Thursday and Friday, earning a questionable designation for the game.
Bolles was Denver's first-round pick in the 2017 draft and started both games so far this season.
"If he’s ready to play physically, you’re OK," Broncos coach Vance Jospeh said. "But the mental reps that he missed on Wednesday, that’s a concern.”
Backup receiver Bennie Fowler is also questionable for Denver.
3. Andrew Luck to the Bills? Fuhgeddaboudit.
It's always fun to play the "What would it take to get [random player]" game, but this one seems almost not worth playing. The Colts aren't trading Luck. They have him locked up through 2021. Even if he wanted out of Indy, which the team denied last week, the return would have to be so astronomical that it would cripple the team involved. (And if the Colts were willing to take a lesser deal, wouldn't that raise red flags about the long-term health of Luck's shoulder?)
Maybe think of it this way: If the Bills had the biggest can't-miss prospect of the decade at the most important position in sports, is there anything you would take for him (assuming he's healthy)?
....... [thinks] .......
OK, the other team isn't doing that.
If the Colts really wanted to pull in a big haul from another team, they could tank the rest of this year – put Luck on injured reserve, let him heal up for next season and play out the year with Jacoby Brissett and Scott Tolzien – and get a top draft pick in this year's quarterback-rich class, then trade it to a desperate team.
Actually, that makes a lot of sense.
The Colts aren't trading Luck.