Bills vs. Lions: Top 5 Storylines to Watch in NFL Week 12


The Buffalo Bills enter Week 12 after snapping their two-game mini-skid with a 31-23 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. This game was anything but normal for both teams as it was moved to Detroit to avoid the SEVENTY-SEVEN inches of snow that fell in/around One Bills Drive. Buffalo now returns to Michigan for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions. This one is the early kickoff set for 12:30 on Thursday. With that, here are five storylines to keep an eye on when things get underway, again, from Ford Field.

More Motown

The Bills return to Detroit for the second time in four days. If you watched their win over Cleveland on Sunday, you may have noticed a sneaky move Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott, and the Bills were pulling off. It was mentioned during the broadcast that Buffalo picked the visiting locker room for their game with the Browns, even though they were technically the home team. Why would you do this? Continuity for this game on Thursday. Also, McBeane took it one step further by having the squad stay at the same hotel. Humans, by nature, are creatures of habit, and athletes take this neurosis to an extreme level. McBeane looks to snatch any advantage they can, even down to the same room key.

Turkey Time

The Bills are 2-0 under head coach Sean McDermott on Thanksgiving with a 31-6 win over the Saints in New Orleans last year and a 26-15 win over the Cowboys in Dallas back in 2019. Our friends at believe in Buffalo easily making it 3-0 with the Bills being a 10-point favorite. Combine that spread with the over/under set at 53 and you have an implied score of roughly 32-22 in favor of Josh Allen and company.

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Lions Roar

Believe it or not, the Lions enter this contest as winners of three straight games. Those three wins have all come in different varieties, too. They started with a close 15-9 home win over divisional foe Green Bay back in Week 9. Detroit followed that up with a nail-biter over another NFC North opponent in Chicago, 31-30 in the Windy City. Then last week, they destroyed a pretty solid Giants team 31-18 in New Jersey. Detroit may only have four wins on the season, but you have to respect three straight wins regardless of how or who they came against.

Getting Healthy

The Bills’ latest injury report only featured Tremaine Edmunds, Mitch Morse, AJ Epenesa, and Greg Rousseau as players out of practice due to an injury. This is down from nine guys who were DNPs last Wednesday. Having Jordan Poyer be a full-go was an obvious boost for the defense in the win versus Cleveland, and seeing his name next to FULL is a good feeling. I still don’t think we see Tre White in this game, but that may be as much to do with the trash turf in Detroit as it is with his recovery from a torn ACL. The injury report isn’t perfect by any means, but the Bills are trending in the right direction.

Keep COOKing with Motor Oil

The Bills had arguably their best rushing performance from running backs last week. The duo of Devin Singletary and James Cook both ran for season-highs of 86 yards, and Motor found the endzone. Buffalo could be in-line for another great showing on the ground as Detroit is downright ugly in run defense. Entering Week 12 the Lions are 30th in yards allowed per attempt at 5.2. They come in 31st in rushing yards allowed per game at 153.7 and last in rushing TDs allowed per game at 1.7 scores per contest. That is a lot of numbers to say start your Bills running backs in fantasy this week.