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The Arizona Cardinals head off to Buffalo to take on the Bills and are looking to keep pace with the rest of the NFC West in the standing and take their record to 2-1 on the season.
First though, they need to be able to handle a desperate Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills squad, who may be playing their last couple of games for their beloved head coach.
Date: Sunday, September 25
Start: 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Buffalo, New York
Venue: New Era Stadium
Online: NFL Sunday Ticket
Cardinals on offense
It will be interesting to see how Bills coach Rex Ryan decides to defend the Cardinals. Last week, the Bills didn’t blitz much against the Jets, because Ryan feared his cornerbacks wouldn’t hold up. So Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick picked the Bills apart. The Cardinals’ Carson Palmer could do the same, especially with the talented receiving corps. So maybe Ryan decides to come at Palmer with blitzes. Other teams have tried that. But Palmer led all quarterbacks against the blitz a year ago, averaging 8.45 yards per dropback versus pressure, according to ESPN. Ryan is known for employing “zero coverage” man-to-man all over the field. But it seems foolish to do that against the Cardinals. They have too many receivers, and running back David Johnson, who can beat man coverage. Blitzing also could leave some run lanes open for Johnson and Chris Johnson. The Cardinals haven’t scored in the first quarter yet, and they blame execution, the old “it’s one or two guys making mental errors,” thing. It needs to be fixed. An early lead Sunday could quickly turn Bills fans against their own team, or at least make for a quiet stadium.
Bills on offense
The Bills changed offensive coordinators last week, firing Greg Roman and promoting Anthony Lynn. The Cardinals think they know what is coming: The Bills are going to try to play power football and pound away with running back LeSean McCoy. As always, the Cardinals will devote whatever resources they have to stopping the run. And they have some: a deep defensive line, a mobile, tenacious inside linebacker, Deone Bucannon, and a strong safety, Tony Jefferson, who had double-digit tackles in both games this year. While putting together an effective run game would help, the Bills will have to have success through the air to beat the Cardinals. They need to test whatever cornerback is opposite Patrick Peterson – Marcus Cooper or Brandon Williams. They need to test the mental acumen of the secondary by making it think and adjust. That can lead to breakdowns and big plays. Receiver Sammy Watkins isn’t 100 percent back from a foot injury, but Peterson likely will defend him all day. If I’m Lynn, I see if the Cardinals can cover Marquise Goodwin deep and tight end Charles Clay on intermediate routes. The Cardinals need more consistent pressure from outside linebacker Chandler Jones, who didn’t show much last week, collecting a garbage-time sack in the fourth quarter.