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ndianapolis Colts. It didn’t go so well. The Derek Anderson-led Bills failed to find the end zone and 40% of their final point total came on a gift from the Colts when Andrew Luck watched the snap go right by him deep in their own territory. It wasn’t pretty http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/phillip-gaines-jersey-authentic , but we’ll take a look at playing time trends anyway. Offense (56 snaps)The good news is that Derek Anderson remained on the field for the entirety of the offensive snaps. With the current quarterback situation best described as “dire,” an injury to the interim starter would be the last thing the Bills need. For the offensive line, Jeremiah Sirles came in for only three plays, meaning the Bills went light on their heavy package this week. LeSean McCoy left the game with what appeared to be an ankle injury on the second play of the day for the Bills’ offense. It was later revealed that a head injury kept McCoy from returning to the game and has his status for Week 8 in question. Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy saw increased workloads as a result. Captain Patrick DiMarco did not see increased snaps. For the receivers, Zay Jones remains the number one for playing time. We noted that the familiarity between Derek Anderson and Kelvin Benjamin could lead to the latter being more of a factor in this game to help Anderson acclimate. Not surprising then that his 79% of snaps this week was the highest amount for Benjamin this year. While the game wasn’t his highest amount for targets this season, it was his highest in catches (4) and yards (71). Defense (66 snaps)Interestingly, the Bills’ inability to stop the Colts might have been the result of some tinkering this week. Only two players of the 100% club stayed on the field the entire time. Tremaine Edmunds and Jordan Poyer are usually joined by Tre’Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Phillip Gaines. Matt Milano looked to join the ranks recently. Milano came closest this week http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/jordan-mills-jersey-authentic , missing only one snap. Curiously though; White, Micah Hyde and Gaines all saw reduced playing time. White and Gaines appear to have had playing time taken by [checks notes] Dontae Johnson. The defensive line has typically aimed for a two-thirds to one-third split between starters and depth players. For some reason this week, none of the starters broke 55%. The shift to a roughly 50/50 split is a significant deviation from the usual defensive plan. Similarly, Taron Johnson saw a small reduction in playing time compared to last week, while Rafael Bush’s time increased. This likely means the Bills attempted to play more “big nickel” defense this week. Special Teams (24 snaps)Players that broke the 30% barrier are listed above. In total, 36 players took the field for special teams against the Colts. The big move this week on special teams is Siran Neal topping the list. There could be some tinkering going on with this part of the team as well.Recap: Five Bills to watch against the Vikings The Buffalo Bills walked out of U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday victorious, collecting a 27-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings—and the score doesn't do it justice. The Bills controlled nearly every aspect of the game, and each phase of the game built off one another. Some players made a larger impact than others. Below is our recap of the five players we told you to watch.QB Josh AllenAllen turned on the jets and took control of the offense the entire game. Going 15 for 22 passing with 196 yards and a touchdown, adding two more scores with his legs. He looked comfortable and decisive—and the game didn't get too big for him. There was one throw he likely wanted back http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/jordan-poyer-jersey-authentic , and it was the first deep ball to Robert Foster, which was underthrown by a few yards. You saw the same last week as well, when Allen threw a long completion to Zay Jones. Allen babies some of his throws when he needs to just trust himself. Still, if right now I can look at only one throw and say that it needs to be better, there isn't much to complain about. Josh Allen extends plays better than a lot of guys in the NFL already, including his opponent this past week: Kirk Cousins. WR Ray-Ray McCloud IIINot the welcoming party I thought McCloud would have, with just one catch for six yards early in the game and a punt return for 13 yards. I don't expect him to stay quiet for too long. As he gets healthier and more involved with the first team offense, Josh Allen will look his way. CB2Ryan Lewis, who was signed freshly off the New England Patriots’ practice squad and Lafayette Pitts were the two guys playing opposite Tre’Davious White. Most of the game they played well but we can credit a good pass rush for not allowing Cousins to sit back in the pocket for five seconds. Late in the game when the Bills were playing prevent defense http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/jerry-hughes-jersey-authentic , Adam Thielen brought in 14 catches for 105 yards. Ryan Lewis looked to be the better of the two. He made a couple of big tackles towards the boundary to force the Vikings in 3rd and long situations, leading them to punt. DT Star LotuleleiI could've sworn that I saw Lotulelei record his first tackle of the season, but the official stats from the team says no and he remains without a tackle through the first three games. For the third straight week, he saw a plethora of double teams, freeing up guys like Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy with one-on-ones on the outside. The Vikings only ran the ball four times for 12 yards if you don't count Cousins trying to make something out of nothing. LB Lorenzo AlexanderAlexander only had one tackle for the game but much like Jerry Hughes, it doesn't tell the story. On pass-rush downs, the Bills like to line Alexander up in a 3-tech on the defensive interior—and he simply flourishes. His strength to bully guards back into their quarterback is impressive and it showed on Sunday. No sacks on the stat sheet, but the Vikings felt his presence when Cousins dropped back.
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