Another tough loss for the Bills last week vs. the Jaguars. This week the Bills look to get back on track with a divisional matchup vs the New York Jets. The biggest struggle for the Bills has been on the offensive side of the ball. They can’t run the ball or protect long enough for Josh Allen to make good throws downfield. The Bills need to get the run game going at least a little bit. Teams are rushing the passer and playing coverage because the Bills have no threat of a run game. This week that changes.
Devin Singletary and the run game
This will be a big week for Devin Singletary, with Zack Moss questionable with a concussion. Singletary should be getting most of the snaps, and even though the stats might not show it, he has been effective when given a chance. He doesn’t go down on the first tackle. Breaking tackles on 19% of his runs and averaging 2.5 yards after contact. This means that Singletary is making people miss, but the line isn’t giving him time.
This week, that should change. The Jets run defense is in the bottom half of the NFL. They have allowed almost five yards a carry this year and allowed over 1000 yards in just eight games. Everyone believes that the Bills should stop running the ball, but they need to establish the run this week. Expect to see Singletary with double-digit carries and around 80 yards rushing. He will also be productive in the passing game having a couple of catches out of the backfield.
Is Spencer Brown the difference maker?
Right tackle Spencer Brown should return from injury this week, and that would be huge for the offensive line. When Brown was in the game, and the Bills could move Daryll Williams inside to play guard, the offensive line looked the best it has all year. In those games where Brown played, the offense moved the ball up and down the field and gave Allen time to throw. Also, the biggest win with Brown coming back is that it strengthens the interior of the offensive line. Williams moving back to guard helps him out a lot. He seems more comfortable playing inside this year. When he was moved out to tackle the last couple of weeks, he struggled. This week the offensive line will play better and should be able to protect our skill players.
Rushing the Passer
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bills need to create a good pass rush against the Jets. The Jets QBs have been sacked 24 times this year, and the Bills need to continue this. Mike White is a pocket passing QB and hasn’t shown that he can use his legs. With this being the case, the Bills need to pin their ears back and create pressure on him. All QB’s struggle when they have pressure in their face, and White is no different. Expect to see a lot of four and five-man rushes this week, and the rush will get there. The Bills finish this game with four sacks of White, one of which being a strip-sack.
The Bills need to get back on track this week and need to not overlook this game like they did last week. They need to play well in all three aspects of the game, and they should come out on top.