The Dallas Cowboys are hosting the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. The Boys should be thankful that they are not making the trip to Buffalo this time of year. Playing the Bills brings back many happy memories for Cowboy fans: two Superbowls and that improbable come from behind victory a few years ago at Rich Stadium.
In preparation for this week’s article, I watched the Bills vs. Jets game from last week. The observations on the Bills’ defense that follow are based solely on the one game I watched:
Click on the link to read what I learned from watching the Bills defense.
This is what stood out to me about the Buffalo defense in the Jets game:
– They play what is usually called a hybrid “3-4”, which means that despite playing with an OLB on the line most of the time, but they also utilize what looks like a 4-3 frequently, particularly in passing situations.
– The secondary did not look strong against the Jets; at times, Plaxico Burress looked too big and strong for the CB’s, and Santonio Holmes looked too quick.
– Dustin Keller, the TE, showed that the Bills LB’s can not cover a decent TE by themselves; Keller was able to catch several passes of more than 15 yards.
– The DL and LB looked very soft against the run in the middle. The Bills front 7 was repeatedly pushed back off the line of scrimmage: even when the Jets OL was unable to open any holes or running lanes, the RB’s were still able to get 2 or 3 yards on almost every carry straight through the middle.
– The defense was fooled several times by the play-action fake to the RB.
Two interesting stats about the Bills:
– Going into the Jets game they were leading the league in turnover differential, and they had intercepted a league high 15 passes.
– Prior to the Jets, the defense had only allowed one first down conversion on 3rd and 10 or longer all season.
Click here to read what I will be watching for this Sunday.