Ryan Fitzpatrick has the arm, but not the supporting cast. (Sports Illustrated)

Week 16 Preview:Denver At Buffalo

For a Christmas Eve game, the Broncos travel to frigid Buffalo. On paper, this seems to be an even matchup if we compare the two teams from last year. Like the Broncos, the Bills went 4-12 in 2010 and have had to basically build from the ground up.

The Bills brought up the rear in most statistics categories. They were ranked 18th in rushing and 24th in passing. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 3,000 yards, and had 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His main target was Stevie Johnson. Fred Jackson led the team in rushing with 927 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season. The team was hoping that rookie C.J. Spiller would come in and make an immediate impact in the backfield, but he averaged just 20.2 yards per game.

The Bills were 28th in points allowed, 32nd in rush defense, but 3rd in pass defense. Paul Posluszy led the team in tackles with 151, Kyle Williams led the team in sacks with 6, and Drayton Florence led the team in interceptions with 3.

The big news of late concerning these two teams is rookie Marcell Dareus and his dislike for the Broncos for not selecting him second overall in the draft.

Denver, I’ll get a chance to play them in the regular season and I’m going to make it hell for them every time I play against them,” Dareus said in a radio interview with Michael Irvin. -ESPN 

The rookie will be a big presence for the Bills on the defensive line, but he won’t single-handedly make or break the game.

As the debate about Von Miller over Marcell Dareus heats up, the Broncos and the Bills will be playing for something much more meaningful – a win with one week left remaining in the regular season.

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