Things For Sunday.
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Let’s face it the key to this game is the defense. We don't know what
the offense will be, but with the ineptitude the Bills offense has shown
this season, a shutout could destroy their entire season, not just this
game. The firing of the OC to start the season is a sign of desperation.
They are tittering over the abyss of earning the Number One pick in the
NFL Draft. The Pats have to give them a nice violent shove off that
Ryans are handling the defense, but their offense is in disarray. The
Bills offense is averaging under 200-yard passing per game (163-yards to
be exact). The Bills were actually the best team running the ball in the
NFL last year. They struggled a little early, after they lost their big
back up Karlos Williams to Twinkies and Ho-Hos. But Shady broke lose last
are averaging over 100-yards rushing per game (120-yards to be exact).
They are averaging almost as many rushing yards as passing yards. That is
not how you win in the NFL now a days. Shady has been a Patriots killer
since he came to the Bills. He ran for 171-yards in two games against the
Pats last year, which is bad enough. But when you add in the 68-yard
receiving and 2 TDs, you can see why he is the priority. He average a half
a tick below 120-yards running and receiving, and a TD a game.
is what the entire Bills offense is averaging on the ground this year.
"The points that you talked about as far as the run game is concerned
with Buffalo: it's a very explosive, big-play run game, and the additional
threat that you now have to deal with is the quarterback," Patricia
said. "Obviously, [Tyrod] Taylor out in space is an issue, we saw
that in the game yesterday, and combined with [Shady] McCoy who has
tremendous bursts in speed and excellent vision, even Gillislee when he
was in the game." They have some nice weapons on the ground.
the Pats must stop the run first, and maybe only. "I think it's the
combination of making sure that you obviously have good force can set the
edge and do all the things on the defense that we need to do,"
Patricia said. "I think also what you saw from the film the other day
was their ability to run inside, so they do a great job of kind of mixing
the scheme. There are zone schemes, there are gap schemes. They'll do
both, they have pullers both from across the ball and from the same side
of the ball. So they're trying to create a divide or separation in the
defense and really give those backs, or even the quarterback, just a
little bit of space to make some room. And they can turn those plays into
obviously very fast, quick big-play, touchdown-type of explosive
runs." Then just when you stop their RBs inside, Tyrod takes off and
is sprinting outside.
their passing game is simplified, their run game not. "It's a very
complex run game," Patricia said. "It has a lot of different
facets to it. It has, like I said, both the zone and the scheme element to
it, along with the quarterback run. Certainly, when you take a look at the
guys up front, they do a great job of blocking and staying on their
blocks. They're big and they're strong, and they drive guys off the ball.
They do a great job of just staying with it. One thing definitely with
their offense, both with coach [Anthony] Lynn and also Rex, they're going
to stay with the run game and they're going to keep coming after you. So
it's something that you constantly have to be able to defend on all down
and distances, which is always very difficult." They will run on 3rd
and long, and Taylor will take off from the pocket as well.
old school defensive coach like Sexy-Rexy, likes to play tough defense and
run the ball on offense. "Coach [Rex] Ryan has a philosophy that he
likes to run his team with: both offense and defense, and special
teams-wise. That's not going to change," Patricia said. "He's
the head coach there and he certainly does a great job with the formula
that he puts in place. I think with Coach Lynn [the new and beleaguered
OC], if you look at where he's been, he's been with Coach Ryan for a long
time and been around. Obviously, with Greg Roman [the Ex-OC, who I think
got the kids in the divorce] here, and with the system that they have in
place." They don't need to pass for over 200-yards to win.
has such an ugly history of killing the Pats. "He's extremely
quick," Patricia said. "He's extremely fast, and I think he
really does a great job of kind of tucking that ball back up into that
chest area so that it's not hanging out there when defenders are around
him. He's a very experienced, very smart running back from that accord, so
I think first and foremost, if you get mesmerized with that, you're going
to miss a lot of tackles on this guy because he is extremely quick and
extremely fast." He slashed the Pats for over 80-yards in both games
you can get the ball from him when he carries like a loaf of bread.
"I think ball-security wise, a lot of people like to talk about McCoy
and the ball being loose from his body and away from his body," Sexy
said. "I think those are rare occasions when you see guys actually
get the ball off of him." It they can pull the ball out if his hands
once or twice this game is over.
the Bills will be doing early and often is run Forest run! "So I
think basically what you're looking at is that it's a very similar
offense," Patricia said. "They're going to keep their offense
going. They had a good, productive day yesterday. They've had some
productive plays and days, so I don't think any of that really changes.
It's just kind of a new guy calling the offense. I think if you look at
the scheme and the players and what they've been doing, it's very similar
to what they've done in the past. So at this point in the season, they're
going to stay with what works for them." Which is run first, and ask
Pats primary problem this week is that their Base Defense is the Nickel.
They may have to come out of that and lined up in a 3-4 or 4-3 much more
often. Which drags them away from what they do best. They don't want to
give Tyrod Taylor any confidence, but they have to defend the run first.
The Bills want to wear you down with the run game and defense, and then
try and win it late.
The New Fangled Forward Pass- The Bills have one weapon in the
passing game, Sammy Watkins. He has been struggling to get healthy after
he hurt his foot a few weeks ago. He has been put on IR and will not play
for either game against the Pats. That is huge news for Pats fans. That
will likely destroy their already devastated passing game. Put your money
on the Pats, because they can't score without Sammy.
do have two guys that I liked in the Draft at WR, Woods and Goodwin, but
both have not developed as I expected under Ryan. "Our first and
foremost priority is just trying to tackle him and the quarterback, or
whoever's got the ball," Patricia said. "They have a lot of
great catch-and-run players just in general, even at the wide receiver
position. For us, the emphasis is just going to be making sure we have
good, secure tackles. That's really where our focus is." After Woods
and Goodwin it is really check down to the TE and RBs, and the Pats
Corners can shutdown Woods and Goodwin.
they have placed everything on Taylor's shoulders. "Certainly Taylor
is a huge threat in both the run and the passing game," Patricia
said. "Part of the passing game, that is a big problem that he
possess for defenses, is his ability to escape out of the pocket, extend
plays, scramble, run, gain yards. He's very fast, he's very smart, he can
keep his eyes down field when he gets out of the pocket and get the ball
down field." You have to use that controlled rush against him and not
let him get out of the pocket, especially to his right. Because he is
going to be looking to run.
then, gives him more time to throw in the pocket. "So we certainly
saw that in some of the big plays that they had a couple of weeks ago,
where he was able to extend the play and get the ball down, and get some
production and points off of those types of plays," Patricia said.
"His wide receivers do a great job of getting open in those types of
situations and the skill guys really understand that he has ability."
So they have to keep him in the pocket more than hit him, because he has
no weapons to throw too. But that can make a defense a little tentative
is such a fine line to balance on. "From a defensive standpoint,
you're just trying to make sure that you're playing fundamentally
sound," Patricia said. "You're trying to make sure that you have
a good pass rush game plan, you don't want to let him run around back
there and just turn the plays into extended plays where guys have to cover
longer than they want to." They can't let him extend plays. Because
he might hurt you in the pocket, but he will kill you running outside the
pocket to the right.
contain outside, and try to hit him with the inside rush and blitzes.
"Certainly everybody's got to do their job, but the number one deal
is just making sure everybody is responsible in what their assignment
is," Patricia said. "If everyone kind of handles their
assignment at that point, hopefully, you don't have any break downs in the
defense to allow a guy to get out of the pocket or allow those scrambles
or extended plays to hurt you."
That was how they embarrassingly beat the Pats last year in Foxboro.
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