What the national media is saying: PFF honors Incognito, Poyer; Cam Newton 'a little bit rusty,' coach says - The Buffalo News
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What the national media is saying: PFF honors Incognito, Poyer; Cam Newton 'a little bit rusty,' coach says

1. Incognito, Poyer made PFF's Week One all-stars.

Bills' left guard Richie Incognito was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded offensive lineman in Week One at 89.3, earning a spot on their Team of the Week.

"Incognito had a pass blocking efficiency of 100 percent, allowing no pressure at all on 33 pass blocking snaps," PFF wrote.

On the defensive side, safety Jordan Poyer made the Team of the Week. He earned a 90.7 grade after recording an interception, a sack and a pass breakup.

Incognito is key in the Bills' running game, opening holes for LeSean McCoy's big days. "He and Eric Wood were outstanding," Mark Gaughan wrote in his film grades, in which the offensive line earned a 4.5 out of 5.

While Incognito was known for pulling from his guard spot last season and throwing lead blocks on runs to the right, he didn't pull once in Week One, Gaughan noted. Incognito simply excelled in their "more gap-oriented scheme."

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2. Cam Newton "was a little bit rusty" in Week One, coach Ron Rivera said.

Newton played only one series in the preseason after having a setback in his recovery from rotator cuff surgery. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 171 yards in the opener against the 49ers, connecting with receivers for only five completions.

"I thought [Newton] was a little bit rusty," Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. "He saw a lot of good things. He just – his timing isn’t there where it needs to be, obviously."

Rivera added that he thought Newton's overall performance was "fine." He would've put up better numbers if the Panthers weren't nursing a big lead.

Newton ranks 24th in the league in passing yards but had the eighth-highest air yards per pass attempt in Week One (9.8), according to NFL Next Gen stats, and ranked seventh in average completed air yards (7.7).

Asked Wednesday about seeing Newton firsthand for years, Bills coach Sean McDermott had nothing but compliments for the former MVP.

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3. Thanks to playing the Jets, the Bills are severely overrated in Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings.

FO's Aaron Schatz spent much of his article introducing their post-Week One rankings by reminding you not to overreact to since it's so early in the season and there are no opponent adjustments to account for ... but Football Outsider's Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric (or DVOA, which can be thought of like baseball's WAR stat) has the Bills ranked as the third-best team in the NFL.

"The Bills are No. 3 this week while the Chiefs are No. 4, but the Bills played the Jets while the Chiefs beat the Patriots," Schatz wrote. "Do a little common sense in your head and you know who had the better Week 1."

The Bills rank sixth in offense, third in defense and 27th in special teams after beating the tanking Jets.

But like Schatz said, pump the brakes. It's early.

FO has another stat called DAVE that takes the preseason into account, which may be a better bet for the early weeks. The Bills rank 19th in DAVE. That sounds more realistic.

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