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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , November 24, 2019
New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York  Weather: 40°, Cloudy  Attendance: 67,338

Broncos-Bills Preview

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Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills

  1. The Bills have won three of the last four meetings with the Broncos, including a 26-16 triumph in New York in Week 3 of 2017, head coach Sean McDermott's third game at the helm of Buffalo.
  2. Denver has led in the fourth quarter in seven of its 10 games, but has held on to win just three of them. The Broncos are also one of three NFL teams this season without a comeback victory (also 0-10 Bengals & 1-9 Redskins).
  3. The Bills are 7-3 (or better) for the first time since 1999 (also 7-3). From 2015 through 2018, there were exactly a dozen teams at 7-3 thru 10 games, and 11 of the 12 went on to make the playoffs (2016 Denver missed the playoffs).
  4. This game will pit the third-best red zone offense, Buffalo 67.9 TD Pct., against the second-best red zone defense, Denver 41.4 TD Pct. allowed (only SF is better at 40.9%).
  5. Rookie tight end Noah Fant was targeted a season-high 10 times last week in Minnesota. Fant has averaged 25.0 yards per catch this month (7 catches, 175 yards) after averaging just 9.3 yards per reception in September/October (20 catches, 185 yards).
  6. Josh Allen had five touchdown passes against seven interceptions in the first five games of 2019, but since the bye week (Week 6), Allen has eight touchdown passes against zero interceptions in the last five games. Allen has zero INT's in his last 163 pass attempts, the second-longest active streak in the NFL (Kirk Cousins, Min -- 177 straight passes without a pick).
Team Comparison

Denver
 
Buffalo
17.2 Points 21.1
229.3 Pass Yds 230.2
113.1 Rush Yds 128.7
9 Takeaways 12
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse expressed a brief sense of satisfaction. He didn't have to spend yet another week addressing the same old questions regarding the offense's shortcomings.

For once, Morse could point to actual signs of the Josh Allen-led unit approaching its potential following a breakout four-touchdown and season-best 424-yard outing in a 37-20 win at Miami that has Buffalo (7-3) off to its best 10-game record in 20 years.

"It's just fun putting points up," he said. "It's satisfying."

Morse, however, is well aware how one week's romp doesn't guarantee another, especially given his familiarity with Von Miller and the Denver Broncos coming to town Sunday.

"It's one game. We're very proud of it," said Morse, who spent his first four seasons with the Broncos' AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs. "As quickly as we did well, we could get stagnant. So, for us, it's understanding we are playing a very good defense."

The Broncos (3-7) have their issues, particularly when it comes to fourth-quarter meltdowns. Denver has now blown four fourth-quarter leads, including last week's 27-23 loss at Minnesota, in which the Broncos became the first team in five years to squander a 20-point lead entering halftime.

And yet, the Broncos under first-year coach Vic Fangio are still dangerous enough to have held a lead over all but two opponents, and feature a defense ranked fourth in the NFL in yards allowed, and tied for seventh in points allowed.

"I don't have to convince them they were close. You were all there. It was close and it's been close a lot of times," Fangio said, referring to the loss to the Vikings. "You can see the effort that we're giving on Sundays, so I think (a breakthrough) will happen."

Denver is in jeopardy of going 3-8 for the second time in three years. Buffalo hasn't had at least eight wins through 11 games since 1996.

STARTING TO BILL-IEVE

Allen dismissed questions about whether the offense can sustain its success over Miami, with Buffalo entering the most difficult portion of its schedule.

"I definitely don't think it's a one-time thing how we played. We have a good sense of who we are as a team," said Allen, who earned AFC offensive player of the week honors. "I really think we found our identity as an offense."

He did concede, "We have to go out and take it. The rest of the schedule, nothing is going to be handed to us."

Buffalo's seven wins have come against teams entering this week with a combined record of 15-55. The next five opponents are 31-19, and include three division leaders: Dallas (6-4), Baltimore (8-2) and New England (9-1).

PRESSURE POINTS

Miller has just four sacks, one shy of his career low set in 2015, when he missed six games on suspension and one on injured reserve. In his other eight seasons, he's averaged 13 sacks. One reason is teams are focusing even more on stopping him with fellow pass rusher Bradley Chubb (knee) on IR.

The Broncos are getting pressure from other players. Shelby Harris had a career-best three sacks last week, and Derek Wolfe's five sacks are one shy of his career high set in his rookie year, 2002.

TORCHED TUBA

QB Brandon Allen is Denver's sixth starting quarterback since Peyton Manning retired, and he's handling the pressure of the job just fine. His college career was also spent in a football-crazed town: Fayetteville, Arkansas. That's where, as Allen explained it, "a couple of rogue fans, I guess" torched his truck in 2014 because the Razorbacks were losing. A tuba player's car also was burned.

"A tuba player? Must have been playing the tuba really badly," Allen said.

THE MAN UPSTAIRS

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll doesn't believe his move from the sideline to call plays from the coaches' booth played a major factor in the win over Miami. Daboll instead credited his players for executing the game plan, which included a hurry-up wrinkle.

"I probably have a broader vision of it, but at the end of the day it's about the players," Daboll said. "I'm happy for those guys."

TALL TARGETS

With Emmanuel Sanders' trade and Tim Patrick's return from a broken hand, the Broncos feature one of the NFL's tallest receiving trios. Both Patrick and Courtland Sutton are 6-foot-4, as is rookie tight end Noah Fant.

Patrick had 77 receiving yards in his return to action last week, while Sutton had 113 yards receiving, 38 yards passing and 10 yards rushing. Fant added 60 yards receiving, giving him 360 on the season, tops in the NFL among rookie tight ends.

Buffalo has allowed just two touchdowns passing in its past three, and seven overall.

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AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.

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Updated November 21, 2019

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