Share this article

Xs and Os

print logo
Bills

Mark Ingram vs. Bills LBs New Orleans Saints receiving back Alvin Kamara will be a tough matchup for the Buffalo Bills' LBs in coverage but it all starts with Ingram. If the Bills can't limit the Saints' run game, they have no chance against Drew Brees' passing. The Saints like to run inside zone plays, double-teaming at the point of attack. The Jets did a lot of that w…

Bills

The Saints' pass offense has been ranked in the top four in the NFL 11 straight years. One of its many strengths is beating zone coverage with three-level stretch plays in which quarterback Drew Brees has options deep, middle and underneath. This was a 21-yard pass Brees hit on Sean McDermott's Carolina defense in a 41-38 win over the Panthers last season. The recei…

Bills

The New Orleans Saints finally look like they have solved their defensive problems. Offense never is a worry in New Orleans. The Saints have ranked in the top six in the NFL in yardage all 11 years quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton have been together, and they've been No. 1 six of those seasons. The defense has been ranked in the bottom five in points allo…

Bills

It was a night to forget for the Bills' offensive line at in the swampland of Northern New Jersey Thursday night. The Bills' line was dominated by the New York Jets' front seven in the 34-21 loss. Guard Vlad Ducasse was victimized on three of the Jets' seven sacks. Guard Richie Incognito was partly to blame as well on two of the sacks that Ducasse had a hand in. T…

Bills

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles blitzed the Buffalo Bills into submission Thursday night. The Jets rushed five men at Tyrod Taylor on 17 of the Bills' first 22 drop-backs. That's an amazing 77 percent. The Jets led the NFL last season with a blitz rate of 40.2 percent and were blitzing at 39 percent this season. The Jets got five of their seven sacks on blitzes in th…

Bills

The New York Jets entered Thursday night's game ranked second-last in the NFL in sacking the quarterback. You never would have known it from watching New York's 34-21 demolition of the Bills at MetLife Stadium. The Jets, who entered the game with 11 sacks on the season, took down Tyrod Taylor seven times. Buffalo entered the game sixth from the bottom in pass prot…

Bills

Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins produced little his first three seasons in Tampa Bay, but he's an elite athlete who is starting to emerge for the Jets. Before the 2014 draft, Seferian-Jenkins ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, great for a tight end who is 6-5 1-2 and 262 pounds. Since coming off suspension in Week Three, he has 31 catches. This was a 27-yarder in the J…

Bills

Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Jets Tyrod Taylor vs. the Jets' blitz Jets coach Todd Bowles' defenses have ranked among the top three in the NFL in blitzing percentage four straight years, according to Football Outsiders. It looks like this year will make it five straight. The Jets blitzed 40.2 percent of drop-backs last year. They're blitzing 39.2 percent th…

Bills

Jerry Hughes is proving that qood technique and proper leverage are more important than girth in setting the edge. The Bills' star defensive end weighs only 254 pounds but he's having an excellent season defending the run. He has been especially effective setting the edge, which is keeping the running back from getting outside his right end position and onto the perimet…

Bills

The Jets' longest pass play of the past five weeks was a 44-yarder from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse in the Oct. 15 loss to New England. It was a case of a perfect call against the Patriots' Cover 3 zone, which is one of the favored Bills coverages. Kearse (10) and Jeremy Kerley (11) criss-crossed deep downfield. Pats cornerback Malcolm Butler (21), responsible fo…

Bills

Textbook power-running execution on LeSean McCoy's 48-yard touchdown run was the exclamation point of a superb ground game for the Buffalo Bills Sunday. The Bills attacked downhill off left tackle to outnumber the Raiders at the point of attack, and McCoy showed his breakaway speed when he got to the second level of the defense. Vlad Ducasse pulled from right guard a…

Bills

One play stood out for Buffalo Bills right tackle Jordan Mills as he watched video of Oakland sackmaster Khalil Mack in last week's game against Kansas City. Mack used one arm to bull rush Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher backward into the lap of quarterback Alex Smith. "I looked at that play about 10 times and looked at what not to do," Mills said after the Bills' 34-14 vi…

Bills

Khalil Mack vs. Jordan Mills It will not just be the Bills' right tackle against the Raiders' superstar edge rusher. The Bills often will have a running back or a tight end on Mack's side of the field. Mack rushes off right tackle 75 percent of the time and off left tackle 25 percent. One of the few times Mack was one-on-one with Mills in last season's game, Mack hit Ty…

Xs and Os

Oakland sackmaster Khalil Mack is a game-wrecker and the reigning NFL defensive player of the year. Expect the Bills to use a running back or a tight end to the side of right tackle Jordan Mills to help double-team No. 52 on most pass plays. Sometimes, opponents even try to triple-team him. In a game against Carolina last November, the Panthers used slot receiver Ke…

Bills

The defense has carried the Buffalo Bills through the early part of games this season. The Bills have managed just two field goals in the first quarter, the lowest scoring output in the NFL. It hasn't mattered much, however, because the Buffalo defense has allowed only 19 first-quarter points. The first quarter may matter a little more Sunday when the Oakland Raiders…