Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen set for another elite showdown against Cardinals

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills will look to Josh Allen to lead them to a win against the Arizona Cardinals who have an emerging start in Kyler Murray.

After putting up an elite performance against a formidable MVP candidate in Russell Wilson, the Buffalo Bills will need Josh Allen to have a repeat of that against Kyler Murray.

The Week 9 win over the Seattle Seahawks put Allen back on the map after a couple of tough performances. Buffalo can’t afford to give the Miami Dolphins any opportunity to catch up in the division.

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The Arizona Cardinal are a team that have taken strides with Murray emerging as an elite quarterback in the NFL. It will be a similar challenge for the Bills that Wilson provided the week before but that didn’t prove to be too much for them to overcome.

Allen will have his work cut out for him in this one considering Patrick Peterson will probably be defending Stefon Diggs. The good news for the Bills is that the Cardinals defense hasn’t been a tough unit to go up against this season and have had to rely on their offense to carry them.

Like Allen. Murray is not shy about using his legs to move the chains although he’s a far more dynamic runner with the ball in his hands. The bad news for Buffalo is the unexpected positive test involving cornerback Josh Norman who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

This will provide Murray with a chance to test a depleted Bills secondary that will have some question marks with starting safety Micah Hyde who is questionable with an ankle injury. Going up against a Cardinals offense that has a strong balance to it, Sean McDermott will need to figure out a gameplan to keep them in check.

The big focus will be DeAndre Hopkins who not only has been a consistent threat and will be a challenge for Tre’Davious White to handle without stability at the safety position. If the Cardinals get him established early, it could be a tough afternoon.

Part of that could be to have the offense control the time of possession and keep Arizona’s offense off the field. It certainly won’t be easy considering the Bills haven’t established the run that much this season.

Over the past few weeks, Buffalo has been fortunate to get victories against teams they should have beaten but if they can continue their form from Week 9, they have a strong chance to improve to 8-2 going into their bye week.

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