The third preseason game is when the starters see the most playing time.It's also where Bills coaches are hoping to see the most progress.
The Bills are 0-2 through two preseason games. They lost to Washington 7-6 in the opener, and then 36-14 to the Vikings last Friday night in Minneapolis.
Granted we're talking about the preseason, but the upgraded Bills defense is giving up large chunks of yardage in terms of the big play. Defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt says it's more of a concern in terms of the secondary.
"Out of the first five plays we had two sacks and one scramble. So we are going to rush the passer well. The big plays are a little bit disturbing. When you have young players... Our two corners (Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore), at two critical positions, are guys that really have not played much in this league."
On the other side of the ball, the Bills offense has struggled in terms of consistency to this point, but they were able to put together a touchdown drive in the second quarter against the Vikings and seem to have something positive to build on. Head coach Chan Gailey says there's still a long way to go in terms of the progress he wants to see from his football team.
"I was looking for it last week and the week before, too. You would like to have it happen this week and if it does not happen this week, you would like it to happen next week. If it does not, you hope it happens the opening game. Sometimes it does not happen exactly like you plan it. Hopefully we will improve this week. That is what I want to see is improvement."
Gailey says the starters will play a half, andpossibly into the third quarter Saturday night againstthe Steelers.
The Bills also announcedearlier in the day that the October 21st homegame against the Tennessee Titans is nowsold out.