The Bills are coming into this game from a very needed bye week, while the Buccaneers are preparing for former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to start with the injury of Jameis Winston. Buffalo comes in at 3-2, with their latest loss against the Bengals and the Bucs suffered a heartbreaking loss versus the Cardinals that brought them down to 2-3. This is crunch time for the Bills. It’s Week 7, and these next coming weeks will matter the most.
If Buffalo wants to keep their playoff hopes going, what will they need to do to pick up a win to go to 4-2?
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Run the ball
The Bills have one of the most productive backs in LeSean McCoy but he hasn’t lived up to any expectations that most fans wanted out of him. The offensive line plays a role in this problem. They are not the same unit that they have been the past two years. Buffalo usually has a great running game but that’s not the case this season.
The Bills passing game most likely won’t be efficient for a couple weeks due to multiple injuries. The good news for the Bills is that Jordan Matthews could play this week, which would give Buffalo their number one receiver this year but the running game is what will put points on the board. Rick Dennison will need to get LeSean McCoy more involved in the offense this Sunday if he wants his offense to succeed.
Consistency from Tyrod
A huge factor in why the Bills lost to the Bengals two weeks ago was inconsistency. Tyrod Taylor held on to the ball too long in crucial situations and wasn’t as mobile as he usually is. Whether Taylor is throwing or running, how he produces will effect the offenses’ drives. If he is consistent, this will set up Buffalo for a win.
Contain Bucs receiving core
Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. If this group gets going, they are tough to stop. The Buffalo defense does very well against the run, so if they can stop the passing game then Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers will have to carry the offense.
In the Bills’ loss against the Bengals, they gave up 189 yards and a touchdown to A.J. Green alone. The secondary will need to show up and contain yet again another top receiver in Mike Evans. Whether it’s Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick taking the snaps, the Bills defense needs to make plays and stop the dangerous passing game that we all know the Bucs have.