The only way the Atlanta Falcons can beat the Buffalo Bills
There is no way around it, the Atlanta Falcons are outmatched by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are easily the better team.
However, this is still the NFL, where anything can happen on any given Sunday. Just look what happened last Sunday when the Texans beat up on the Chargers, who would have ever expected that?
There is only one way the Atlanta Falcons can beat the Buffalo Bills
What is the biggest key for the Falcons to leave Buffalo with a win and possibly continue their slight playoff hopes? Run the ball down Buffalo’s throat.
However, it will be anything but easy for them to do that, they must overcome the odds by running the ball all game long and consistently getting positive yards. This is something that they have struggled to do throughout the year. There have been glimpses but never the game-to-game consistency that would give you hope.
The good news is that the Bills have not had the greatest rushing defense in the league. They are ranked 18th in yards-per-carry allowed—which interestingly enough is two spots lower than the Falcons ranking.
The reason for the necessity to establish a consistent run game is to control the time of possession, which keeps the ball out of Josh Allen’s hands.
There is not much hope for stopping Josh Allen, this defense is not equipped to handle his ridiculous talent, therefore it is up to the offense to keep the defense off of the field.
This all means that this game will come down to Cordarrelle Patterson’s effectiveness, as well as the backup’s. Arthur Smith needs to stick with the ground game instead of relying on Matt Ryan’s arm.
Not to mention, the Falcons offensive line is more reliable in run blocking than pass blocking, not to say they are great at either.
So, for Arthur Smith the plan is simple, run Cordarrelle Patterson as many times as possible, this will keep Josh Allen off the field.