In a game that can go really good or really bad, the Buffalo Bills look to keep their momentum going from last weeks’ win over the Denver Broncos, as they travel to take on the 3-0 Atlanta Falcons. Denver was a good first challenge for the Bills, but now the Falcons will challenge the Bills even harder.
While the Bills are the clear underdog going into this game, they shouldn’t be counted out. This Buffalo Bills team has surprised us the last three weeks. The defense has only given up one touchdown which was this past Sunday and currently leads the league in fewest points allowed against them. Even though the Falcons offense is powerful, this Buffalo defense that has been put together by Sean McDermott could slow down Matt Ryan and his offense.
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With this game looking like it will be a battle, which matchups should fans keep an eye on?
Bills front four vs. Matt Ryan
Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Shaq Lawson and Marcell Dareus (if he returns from injury) can help control this game if they get continuous pressure on Matt Ryan. Ryan has many weapons around him including star wideout Julio Jones. The more pressure that this defensive line can get on Ryan, the easier it will be for the Bills defense to keep the Falcons passing game in check.
Tyrod Tylor vs. Falcons secondary
Taylor showed what he’s made of when the running game isn’t working last week against the Broncos. Just like the Broncos secondary, he will be tested against a tough Falcons secondary that has Keanu Neal, Desmond Trufant and Jalen Collins. Taylor will need to utilize his weapons around him and get them involved in the passing game instead of running the ball himself. Open up the passing game, and it can open up the running game for LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert.
Bills secondary vs. Falcons receiving core
This whole new Bills secondary this year has been impressive. I believed that the Bills secondary was their weakest link, but so far they have been one the best contributors to the Bills. They have yet to give up a passing touchdown this season. While they may struggle against receivers Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu and Austin Hooper, they can still challenge them and make their afternoon harder than expected.