Atlanta Falcons vs. Buffalo Bills: Behind Enemy Lines with Adam James
Question #2. The Bills led the league in rushing last year and have the majority of the same personnel back in 2017. Do you think that is something they can use to their advantage against the Falcons?
AJ: I do, although I’m not as confident as I would be given our current lack of continuity in the trenches. The offensive line desperately misses left tackle Cordy Glenn, and it’s far too early to be asking Dion Dawkins to start there.
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To make matters worse, Seantrel Henderson remains suspended for medical marijuana, meaning Buffalo is stuck with human turnstile Jordan Mills at right tackle. I expect the coaching staff to run out of heavy sets to try and push a running game that’s averaging only 3.4 yards per carry so far.
That being said, even though the Falcons are currently a top-10 run defense, they have allowed 4.8 yards per carry thus far. It’s paramount that Buffalo finds a way to exploit the run game on Sunday.
MK: The Chicago Bears demonstrated in week one that the recipe for success against the Falcons is with a ball control approach that limits the number of possessions.
The Buffalo Bills have the horses up front and in the backfield to bring that game plan to fruition. If Atlanta allows running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Tyrod Taylor to run wild, the Falcons could be on upset alert.