Rushing the key for Bills
The Buffalo Bills thumped the lowly New York Jets last week, racking up 408 total yards, third most in the NFL in Week 1. Nearly 200 of it came on the ground.
However, many games the Bills might win in 2017, that has to be their formula, according to NFL Films analyst and senior producer Greg Cosell.
“Their profile,” Cosell said, “has to be (1) run the ball, (2) play solid defence and (3) try to hit some (big) first-and-10 throws where it’s a defined read, where, ideally, you’re getting predictable coverages and you can then run route concepts against those predictable coverages.”
Fifty-two of Tyrod Taylor’s 132 yards passing, and his only touchdown throw, came on first downs against the Jets.
“Can they do this against good defences? Not as well,” Cosell said. “But they have to play this way. It’s the only way they can play to have a chance (with Taylor at quarterback) … This is going to have to be their offensive profile.”