Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s are in the forecast for Sunday, which could make it the warmest Bills home opener since 2002, according to News environment reporter TJ Pignataro.
That means the only cloud hanging over Orchard Park will be regarding tailgating activity. The Bills have taken steps this offseason to try to cut down on the tailgate theatrics that go viral for negative reasons, and the ante was upped Friday when the Erie County Sheriff's Office put this line into a Facebook post: "Table Slamming is not permitted and violators will be ejected and could face criminal charges."
That's a bummer, especially since it coincided with Shawne Merriman's Slam Fest getting canceled. The former Bills and Chargers linebacker was going to put fans through tables before the home opener, but the event got canned.
Table slamming may seem stupid, but a subset of people take enjoyment from it, and they're not really hurting anyone but themselves. Going through folding tables is definitely a thing, and we all know Buffalo loves its things. People have put their babies through pretend tables. Jaguars fans even circulated a fake news story about Jacksonville banning table sales before the Bills-Jags playoff game ... but that wouldn't have mattered because Bills fans brought their own tables to Florida.
Anyway, the Bills and the county want fewer stunts like this. If table slamming is your thing, you'll have to risk ejection or take your tailgate to a privately owned lot.
Why Bills' defense factors into decision to start Josh Allen: It's still an embarrassment that Sean McDermott said, "I don’t feel the need, honestly, to elaborate" on why he made the quarterback switch. Bills fans deserve better than that. But here's a look into the case for changing quarterbacks in order to help the defense by giving it a chance to catch its breath and help the team play better complimentary football.
One-on-One Coverage: QB coach Jordan Palmer on why Josh Allen will have strong debut: Palmer, who has worked with Allen, said the rookie was extremely coachable during his sessions. Palmer also discussed his ill-fated appearance as a Bills' preseason quarterback.
Vic Carucci’s Take Five: "The Bills’ defense can’t truly be as bad as it looked against the Ravens, can it?" Vic asked the question, and it has a daunting answer: "If so, it might not be too soon to take a shovel to the rest of the season."
"Big nickel" defensive personnel package flops against Ravens: The Bills seemed excited about this package in the offseason. Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson completed 13 of 14 passes against it.
X's and O's: Mark Gaughan wrote that Philip Rivers' is "one of the greatest 'diagnosers' of defense in the NFL," and his pre-snap reads pose a big problem for the Bills.
Ravens linebacker reportedly fined for hit on Josh Allen: Matthew Judon's wallet is $10,026 lighter following his unnecessary roughness penalty against Allen in Week 1, according to the Athletic Baltimore.
Bills Mailbag: Is it time to move on from Nathan Peterman entirely? Soooo yeah, maybe it actually kind of is. I'd look for this talk to pick up in the offseason though. I don't think McDermott will let go of his guy just yet.
Sean Kirst: Pancho Billa, the Bills fan fighting cancer who gained notoriety during the NFL Draft, is coming back for home opener.
NFL Bettor's Guide to Week 2: Milt Northrop picked the Jags to beat the Patriots. They could've won their playoff game with better clock management. Meanwhile a handful of writers are all picking the Chargers to beat the Bills.
Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski talk Bills vs. Chargers on WGRZ: This link is worth clicking on just for the header image alone.
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