ESPN NFL analyst and former head coach Herm Edwards took a look at Buffalo’s defense to see how their performance played a part in their two division losses this season. The difference in pass pressure numbers between the two wins and two losses is pretty significant.
Here’s what Edwards found courtesy of the ESPN Stats & Information Department.
In two wins, the Bills’ defense has nine sacks and 10 QB hits; in two losses, it has one sack and three QB hits. Williams has only 1.5 sacks, but he isn’t solely to blame. Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Anderson need to win their one-on-one battles.
The Bills have young cornerbacks in Gilmore, Rogers and Aaron Williams, who are going to take their lumps. But it also means that the front four must apply pressure, because blitzing will leave those young corners on an island, where they are really susceptible to big plays.
Edwards did go on to say that the front four can’t be the only cure. He believes the play of Ryan Fitzpatrick with respect to turnovers must be improved.
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