square off against the Chicago Bears on Thursday hoping to avoid injury above all else. The fourth and final preseason game often prominently features players who are auditioning for a spot on another roster or practice squad. While this year’s preseason finale doesn’t quite have the intimate feel of Buffalo’s traditional preseason closing matchup with the Detroit Lions Buffalo Bills Womens T-Shirt , there are some connections between the two teams.The head coaches each rose through the NFL coaching ranks together, with new Bears head coach Matt Nagy and second-year Bills head coach Sean McDermott starting their NFL careers with Andy Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles. Both men coached under Reid from 2008-2010. Nagy began as a coaching intern (2008-2009) before earning a promotion to coaching assistant for the 2010 season. McDermott was the Eagles’ linebackers coach in 2008 before he as named defensive coordinator, a position he held in 2009 and 2010 before he was fired.Guard Vlad Ducasse and center/guard Ryan Groy each played for the Bears before coming to Buffalo. Ducasse was a Bear in 2015, playing in 15 games and making 11 starts. Groy signed with the Bears as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014. He made 3 starts for the team and appeared in 4 games overall. Another of Buffalo’s offensive linemen, Jordan Mills, began his career in Chicago, as well. Mills played for the Bears for his first two seasons (2013-2014) after the team drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Mills was Chicago’s starting right tackle out of the gate, starting 29 of a possible 32 games over his first two seasons. Two assistant coaches have connections to each team, as well. Bills’ linebackers coach Bob Babich was with the Bears from 2004-2012, serving as linebackers coach from 2004-2006, then as defensive coordinator from 2007-2009, and then again as linebackers coach from 2010-2012. Bears’ tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride is the son of longtime NFL coach (and former Bills’ offensive coordinator) Kevin Gilbride, who was a member of Gregg Williams’ staff from 2001-2003.Wingin’ It: Houston Texans As the Buffalo Bills prepare to face a new opponent each week, fans take on the age-old arch-nemesis know as “hunger.” Never fear, Buffalo Rumblings has just the playbook to take down this foe. Each week, we’ll dive into enemy territory to scout their signature moves and put a “Buffalo” spin on it. Translated Buffalo Bills Hats , each week we’ll share a themed recipe based on who the Bills are playing, including a custom wing sauce to go with each dish. Our opponent this week:Houston TexansWhiskey BBQ Glazed Ribs: I know, I know. Two weeks in a row with BBQ. This week really ups the ante for home cookin’ though, and between the two recipes you’ll be be able to start customizing and wingin’ it all on your own. Before you know it, you’ll be forcing co-workers to sample your latest creation. This week we borrow some Texas style(s) and give them the Western New York twist. Texas purists, try not to faint when I mix and match BBQ elements according to nothing more than my whims. Glazed RibsServes 3-4Active Time: 2 HoursTotal Time:4 Hours 30 MinutesIngredients:1 rack of pork ribs1 Tbsp garlic powder1鈦? teaspoon salt2 teaspoons black pepper2 teaspoons paprika2 Tbsp butter1鈦? cup finely chopped onion1 cup whiskey1鈦? cup apple cider vinegar1鈦? cup hot sauce1 1鈦? cups ketchup3鈦? cup molassesPrepare RibsTear off a piece of aluminum foil that’s a little longer than the ribs. Crinkle the edges up and place the rack on the foil, meatier side down.Unless you’re buying from a butcher, there’s likely a thin membrane on the bonier side of the ribs that needs to be removed. From one of the edges, pop a knife under the membrane only (if you get a tiny bit of meat too don’t worry). Once you have a small edge lifted, the rest should peel like a huge sheet of tape. It’s pretty cool.Dry RubCombine the garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika* in a small bowl.Pat the mixture all over both sides of the ribs, with a little more attention to the meatier side. Let sit for at least an hour, which should give plenty of time to make the sauce. While sitting, the ribs should be refrigerated.SauceMelt butter in a large pot on HIGH and add onions; cook, stirring onions until translucent Buffalo Bills Womens Hoodie , 1-2 min.Add cider vinegar and whiskey; stir, letting the mixture simmer.Add ketchup and hot sauce. Stir and allow to simmer again.Add molasses; stir and allow to simmer. Reduce heat to LOW.Allow the sauce to thicken; stirring occasionally for at least 30 minutes.Separate sauce in half. Some is for glazing and some is for dipping later.Grillin’ Turn one burner on LOW and preheat grill. Burner should be all the way to one side.**Place ribs on foil, meat side down on the grill so that no part of the rack is directly over the burner that’s on. Brush a thin layer of sauce over the top of the rack, close the lid. After about 20 minutes, apply another coat of sauce and carefully flip the entire rack. Coat the new top part with sauce (should now be the meatier side). Close the lid. Every 15-20 minutes apply another coat of sauce. There’s no need to flip the ribs again while cooking.With slow cooked BBQ there’s “done” and then there’s “ready.” Ribs are “done” when the internal temperature reaches a point to kill any harmful organisms. That’ll happen in a couple hours in all likelihood. They’re not ready though until a fork easily passes into the meat, which could be a whole heck of a lot longer. Expect at least three hours on the grill, and probably a good deal longer.***Wingin’ It Tips:*If you’re of the opinion that glazing with a sauce is akin to BBQ blasphemy, I got you covered. Add 1鈦? cup brown sugar to the dry rub and 2 Tbsp red pepper. Skip the sauce, it’ll still have one key wing sauce ingredient at least. You may need to cover the ribs if grilling or baking to prevent them from drying out. **If you have a smoke box for your grill, this is a good time to use it. You may need to play around with temperature as grills are finicky, but the flavor payoff is worth it. I used a walnut/maple mixture. ***Grills have a wide number of variables so be prepared to play around. If applying one layer of sauce over another isn’t going on easily (clumping or pulling off the other layer) the heat could be too low or the sauce too thin. Ultimately, don’t be afraid to check temperatures with a meat thermometer before consuming. The Beer: This week’s sauce should veer a little less toward the sweet side, but we’ll pair it again with Blue Light.Just a fancier look. Saucy fingerprints will show up well so if there’s any confusion on whose beer is whose, you can play detective. Beer products provided by Labatt USA. Please drink responsibly. Coming soon!The Buffalo Bills head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. We’ll break away from the BBQ as we put a twist on the famous Indianapolis signature food of... Wait. What are they even known for? Looks like I have some research to do.