The last couple of weeks have been quite a roller coaster ride for the Buffalo Bills. From losing starters to injury/suspension to parting ways with key players from last year’s team, its been all up and down.
Following the manhandling Rex Ryan’s squad put on the New York Giants in week two of the preseason however, there’s reason to be optimistic. Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranked every NFL team through the first two preseason games and the Bills top the list as the best-graded unit in the league.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 23, 2016
Obviously, this is preseason football we’re talking about where coaches tend to use basic schemes and starters rarely see the field. It’s still a solid sign moving forward though and speaks to the depth General Manager Doug Whaley has brought to Buffalo.
On defense, the Bills are only allowing 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and 66 total yards on the ground per game. That includes Bobby Rainey’s 60-something yarder last week. They are also holding their opponents to 220 total yards per contest which is third-best in the league. The unit looks sharp and for the most part on the same page which was a big issue in 2015.
The first team offense has made a few big plays in limited action as they should see more playing time this weekend. Along with the usual suspects like Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy performing well, players like Walter Powell, Jonathan Williams and more are contributing too. Jerel Worthy, Bryson Albright and Kevon Seymour are making a surprise impact on defense as well.
While most NFL analysts and media are crushing Rex and the gang (some of it justified), the team is performing well on the field. We’ll see if that continues this Friday in game three of the preseason when the Buffalo Bills visit the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field