In the preseason, the New York Jets scored a grand total of one touchdown on offense. Many thought that that was going to translate into a victory for the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in Week 1. Alas, the new-look defense was totally out of synch from start to finish for the Bills, and they surrendered 48 points, marking the sixth time in their last nine games in which they allowed at least 30 points.
Head Coach Chan Gailey and the Buffalo brass knew that the team had to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks to kick up the defensive intensity in 2012. The signings of both DE Mark Anderson and DE Mario Williams were supposed to shore that up. Both proved to be a dud in Week 1, as the team went without a sack against what might be one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
In order to beat this week’s opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, more pressure is the key. If that doesn’t happen, the Buffalo Bills have no chance for those making NFL picks for this Week 2 clash in Orchard Park.
Kansas City was able to stick around with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 for a half, but in the second half, all of the pressure was just too much for QB Matt Cassel. Cassel threw two picks and lost a fumble, and he was sacked three times by the Atlanta pass rush.
The offensive line for the Chiefs clearly has some holes to it, and the Bills just have to take advantage of that. The secondary is good, but it isn’t great for Buffalo, and this unit is going to need some real help from this front seven to be able to stick around with receivers like Dwayne Bowe next week and others down the line.
Williams and Anderson have averaged 1.97 sacks per game between them over the course of the last six seasons. In that stretch, the Bills as a team have only averaged 1.53 sacks per game. If the newly acquired pass rushers don’t have a better home debut for their new team than they did a regular season debut, there won’t be much of a shot for Buffalo to improve and become a playoff team.