Will the Bills make Zack Moss a healthy scratch? 5 thoughts and a prediction for the Thanksgiving game – The Athletic

After the Bills suffered an embarrassing blowout loss at home to the Colts, their overwhelming message this week is that they’re glad to have another game so quickly to flush away the lopsided defeat. And they’ll get that opportunity for redemption on a national stage, to boot.

The Bills visit the suddenly struggling New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving night. The Saints’ injury report is mounting, but they remain a well-coached team with a good defense.

Can the Bills stay afloat in the AFC playoff race and pressure the Patriots for the AFC East lead? Here are five big-picture and matchup thoughts before Thursday’s game.

1. The Lotulelei unknown: What happens at DT if he’s back?

After he missed the last two games on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Bills have remained tight-lipped about defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and when he could return. Earlier this week, Steve Tasker reported on “One Bills Live” that Lotulelei is unvaccinated, which means Lotulelei needed to be away from the team for at least 10 days. As long as he’s cleared before the Bills take on the Saints, the 10-day window will be satisfied and he could be eligible to play if the Bills are comfortable with him not practicing before a game. It leads to a discussion about what the Bills should do at defensive tackle if they get Lotulelei back for this game. Ed Oliver remains a core starter despite some struggles last week.

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