Inside The Bills

Field position could help level the matchup

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 11:20 am

In the opinion of most outside observers the Broncos have a decided advantage in today’s game with the visiting Bills. Some have even gone so far as to predict an unprecedented result. Where there appears to be a decided advantage on paper is with Buffalo’s special teams.

Denver has invested heavily in their offense and defense, but special teams has fallen a bit by the wayside in terms of the talent they chose to acquire and the production they’ve gotten from that unit.

Buffalo’s punt (7th) and kick coverage (4th) are both ranked in the top 10 this season and have helped to provide some of the best field position in the league to the Bills offense. Knowing Denver’s return units are in the bottom third of the NFL (23rd & 27th), Buffalo’s specialty units should be able to provide a field position edge. And by Doug Marrone’s account it sounds like they’ve got a sizable special teams game plan.

“It’s big. We’ve talked to our players about it,” said Marrone in his weekly ‘Coffee with the Coach’ segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com. “That’s an area where we need to win that battle. Obviously we have to make some things happen and make some plays in that area. We have a lot of things in in that area and hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of some of the opportunities that present themselves.”

Of course the Broncos did take a step to address their field position disadvantage on Saturday as they promoted K Brandon McManus to the active roster from the practice squad. He was their full time kicker, but was replaced on field goal attempts by Connor Barth, but Barth is not strong on kickoffs. So McManus will handle those duties.


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