Currently, the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills have one of the lowest under/over totals for points scored according to Vegas’ Week 15 lines. Originally that number was set at 38.5 (meaning 38.5 total points will be scored). That number has bumped up to 40.0, which still remains the second-lowest over/under of the week.
But that number could drop shortly. Overnight, two reports were released that suggests the Bills may be without their top two running backs on Sunday, First, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that starter LeSean McCoy is not expected to play after suffering a hamstring injury last week:
LeSean McCoy, listed as Q for Sunday due to hamstring, not expected to play vs. Lions, per source. Bills also could be without RB Chris Ivory, who won’t decide till pre-game whether he can play w/ shoulder injury. If Ivory can’t go, Keith Ford+Marcus Murphy would be Buffalo RBs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2018
McCoy missed Wednesday’s practice but was limited both on Thursday and Friday.
Schefter notes that his backup, Chris Ivory, will be a gametime decision. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, however, is reporting that Ivory, too, is expected to be out.
The #Bills running back situation is up in the air. Starter LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is a game-time decision, while Chris Ivory (shoulder) is not expected to play, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2018
It’s interesting that both reporters have one running back out and the other one as a game-time decision, but each have the opposite players. For what it’s worth, Schefter has the better track record with things like this.
Either way, it appears the Bills will be without at least one running back, and it seems likely they could be without both.
Of course, over the last three weeks, the Bills’ running game has been led by quarterback Josh Allen more than anyone. Look at the stats over the past three weeks:
LeSean McCoy: 34 carries, 99 yards (2.9 YPC)
Chris Ivory: 21 carries, 60 yards (2.9 YPC)
Josh Allen: 31 carries, 335 yards (10.8 YPC), 2 TDs
However, Allen has had the threat of McCoy and Ivory to help him out in those games. With the likes of backup running backs Keith Ford and Marcus Murphy potentially by his side this week, the Lions may try to key in on Allen to force him to beat them with his arm, not his legs.