Jets vs. Bills: Containing Buffalo's Receiving Backs Might Be Key

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

The Bills are in a tough spot offensively heading into tomorrow's game. They are facing arguably the league's best run defense. This would see to call for an attack based on the pass. The circumstances are not favorable, though. Their two best wide receivers are out. They have a rookie quarterback who has had limited recent practice reps with the receivers who will be playing in part because he has just returned from an injury that sidelined him for a long time.

With a pair of good receiving running backs in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, I am looking for the Bills to incorporate these backs in the passing game more than they otherwise might. Running it will be tough. Throwing it down the field will be tough with backup caliber receivers and that rookie facing exotic looks and a good defensive line. Passes to the backs will get the ball out of the quarterback's hands before the pass rush gets to him and get those backs into a position where they can make plays.

Successfully defending these plays will be important Jets tomorrow. The Jets will need to properly identify assignments, get to the football, get off blocks on screens, and tackle in space. Perhaps the easiest way for Buffalo to move the ball and stay in this game will be for their backs to take some passes, break tackles, and bust big plays. The task is more daunting if the Jets defend these well.

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