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Bills run ‘D’ peaking?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2012 – 7:35 pm

Buffalo’s run defense has been much improved since the bye week and on Sunday they did something a Buffalo defense has not done in nine seasons.

In holding the Jaguars to just 50 yards rushing on Sunday, it marked the third straight game they’ve held their opponent to fewer than 90 yards rushing (Miami – 60, Indy – 87, Jax. – 50) . The last time a Bills defense held three straight opponents to less than 90 yards rushing was the 2003 season (see below) as we mentioned in our Saturday story the day before the Jaguars game.

11/30/03 vs. Giants – 13 carries, 24 yards
12/7/03 vs Jets – 26 carries, 88 yards
12/14/03 vs. Tenn – 32 carries, 86 yards

Jairus Byrd, who has the best view of the run defense from his free safety position liked what he saw on Sunday.

“They were getting the ball and were getting hit immediately,” said Byrd of Jacksonville’s backs. “Guys were running to the ball, pursuing and I’m on the back end just looking at it getting excited. Holes were there and they were getting hit. Anytime you see that especially on the back end you’re loving that because then it leads to being one-dimensional.”

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