The Bison Tickets have just completed a 35-0 shutout of the Miami dolphins and are currently the -7.5 point favorites heading into their week three game against the Washington soccer team. The Miami Dolphins failed last Sunday. Yet more importantly, the Bills’ defensive execution was nearly flawless, forcing three turnovers and sacking Miami quarterbacks six times while allowing just 216 total yards. In their loss at Steelers, Pittsburgh accumulated just 252 total yards. As the Bills outscored the Steelers on the stats sheet, offensively missed opportunities ultimately led to a victory for Pittsburgh. It will be the story of this match for each team, a side of football that will try to do well; Washington’s defense and the Buffalo offensive.
Let’s get into three clashes to watch between Washington and Buffalo.
OC Scott Turner vs. DC Leslie Frazier
Scott Turner is coming off a great game, especially in his ability to feel the rhythm of his attack and use plays designed for his proven playmakers. Wideout Terry McLaurin had one of his best games in Washington against the Giants. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and his players couldn’t do anything wrong against the Miami Dolphins and did well against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The key with Frazier was her pre-snap look; he likes to show a six or seven man front and forces Washington and other opposing offensives to find the five or six he sends.
For Turner, preparation to counter this look is essential for him and quarterback Taylor Heinicke. However, what eventually comes down for Turner will be how balanced he is against Buffalo and how he uses his playmakers against an attacking style defense. How many steps does he want Taylor to go down on Sunday? Can he get McLaurin or wide receiver Dyami Brown against any Buffalo half-corners or linebackers? Additionally, will Turner attempt to test Buffalo’s run defense. They’re ranked seventh, but haven’t been tested against the Steelers or Dolphins.
WR Dyami Brown vs. CB Tra’Davious White
In yesterday’s press, head coach Ron Rivera specifically called out Brown and the issues he has faced in the media coverage against the Los Angeles Chargers.
“Well, I’ll say this, against the Chargers, [WR] Dyami [Brown] was in a real rush, and it was a bit of a wake-up call for him at first, he said. But once he got used to it, he understood how important it was to come out clean and win on the line of scrimmage. So that’s something we’re talking about, it’s something they’re working on as far as movement is concerned, as a guy lines up over it and tries to loosen up and get down the pitch the most. quickly possible. And the emphasis is on being as clean as possible to get into your route so that you can get into the combinations that you need to be. – Ron Rivera on preparing wide receivers for media coverage.
Brown has an opportunity against an outstanding Buffalo secondary to be a key cog in a potential Washington upheaval. I don’t expect Buffalo to use star cornerback Tra’Davious White in the “all-star blanket” where he travels with Terry McLaurin, so Brown vs. White will be a thing over and over. Brown has to expect tight cover, and he has to find ways to win quickly and get over it so that the Bills’ defense respects Washington’s ability to threaten them downstream.
WFT Defensive Line vs. Buffalo Offensive Line
There is no doubt that the Bills offense goes as far as quarterback Josh Allen. Luckily for Washington, Allen hasn’t got off to the best start in 2021, causing some Bills fans to worry about his regression and the gravity of the situation.
The key to Washington denying Allen’s effectiveness in this game is pressure. While Allen is much more present in the running game for Buffalo than quarterback Daniel Jones for the New York Giants, Allen is still comfortable as a pocket passer. Sacks are still important, but the constant pressure against Allen has shown his effectiveness through his precision and overall decision making. Pressure does not mean strictly blitz; Washington must find a way home using his defensive line as Allen is good against the blitz. Whether it’s a four or five front, this game ultimately depends on how many times the pass has gotten to Allen.
What are your best matches between Washington and Buffalo? And does Washington succeed in the upheaval?