Mark Gaughan’s Matchup Watch: Broncos at Bills
Von Miller vs. Jordan Mills: Miller is the key matchup in every Denver game, and it won’t likely be one-on-one much of the time. The Bills will have to use a tight end and/or running back to help keep Miller off Tyrod Taylor. Denver will use blitzes to make it harder for the Bills to lock onto No. 58. Miller’s speed around the edge is his calling card. But he is a superb bull rusher, as well, because of the force he brings to the point of attack. Denver will use Miller on an inside twist, which sometimes creates sacks for others.
Denver’s C.J. Anderson vs. Bills run D: The lack of a consistent running game killed the Broncos’ offense last season, and poor offensive line play was the culprit. Denver averaged just 93 yards a game, 27th in the NFL. The Broncos bolstered right guard by signing Ron Leary from Dallas. Through two weeks, Denver is averaging 159 rushing yards a game. It didn't help that the 5-foot-8, 224-pound Anderson missed the last eight games last year. He's a bowling-ball-type runner with the lateral quickness to step out of tackles and the power to get yards after contact. His big weakness has been he hasn’t stayed healthy. He's full go for the Bills.
Bills TEs/RBs vs. Denver LBs: Denver's linebackers had a lot of trouble covering backs out of the backfield last season. The Bills should test to see how much they've improved. Inside backers Todd Davis and Brandon Marshall return from last year. Strong side outside backer Shane Ray (8.0 sacks) is out with a wrist injury. His stand-in, Saquil Barrett, has looked good the first two weeks. He entered the NFL as an undrafted, Steelers-style stand-up rusher. What about the rest of his game? It will be interesting to see who Denver opts to keep on the field to defend LeSean McCoy.