Broncos at Bills

A win moves the Bills to 8-3

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November 24, 2019 - 5:57 am
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(WBEN/WGR)  Bills beat writer Sal Capaccio reports the Bills are back home Sunday against the Denver Broncos, trying to go 8-3 as they head into the short Thanksgiving week.  Here are three keys to the game:

Ford vs. an elite Bronco

With Ty Nsekhe out, Bills rookie offensive tackle Cody Ford will be the man responsible for keeping Von Miller off QB Josh Allen.  Miller is one of the premier pass rushers in the league.  He’s No. 2 amongst active players with 103 sacks, with five so far this season.  Ford has been rotating snaps with Nsekhe for most of this season. Up to this point he’s played a little over 54% of the total offensive snaps.  But Sunday, the second round pick most likely have to go the whole way and will have to do it against a player who can wreck a game plan.  Whether it’s Ford stepping up and doing a great job on his own or the Bills doing some things to give him help, they’ll have to find a way to not let Miller change the game.

Ah, Push it!

Last Sunday in Miami, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll put together a great gameplan for that included using an up-tempo, no huddle offense for pretty much the entire game. That allowed Allen to see things at the line of scrimmage and take time before snapping the ball, as well as to be in a little more control and use his natural instincts more by being in a rhythm. Daboll also called the game from up in the coach’s booth instead of on the field, switching spots with quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey. The Bills also used “11 personnel” (one running back, one tight end) with three wide receivers and mostly a spread offense. It all came together and they scored 37 points and gained 424 yards, their most of the season in both categories.  Of course the Broncos aren’t the Dolphins.  Denver ranks in the top ten in most major statistical categories on defense.  The Bills will have their work cut out for them, but staying with what gave them great results last week may be the key to breaking through.

Return to sender

When it comes to the kick return game, we may see a big play that swings this one… way or another.  The Broncos have the third best average per return (29.3) in the NFL and last week the Bills allowed a 101-yard TD return, as well as another 49-yard return.  However, flipping it the other way, the Bills have the best kick return average in the NFL (30.4), the Broncos are second-to-last in the NFL in allowing 29.8 yards per kick return and third-last allowing 10.4 yards per punt return.  We may see a big play come in the return game, and that could be the difference in who wins what could very well be allow-scoring contest.

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