BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - With the kickoff to the 2010 NFL season, Jeff and Shawn preview the Bills opener Sunday.
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From Chris Brown at BuffaloBills.com - here is the latest on the Bills / Dolphins matchup.
Top 3 Individual Matchups
1 – Terrence McGee vs. Brandon Marshall – It’s anticipated that McGee will be assigned to follow Marshall all over the field on Sunday, which the Bills have done in the past with receivers of similar caliber. In his last two games against the Bills (with Denver) Marshall had a combined 15 catches for 181 yards and a touchdown, but McGee has had success when given such assignments in the past.
2 – Aaron Maybin vs. Jake Long – Maybin may not be a starter on the depth chart, but he’s going to see a lot of the field in the team’s nickel package and in other passing situations. He’ll put his speed rush up against the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle and see if he can deliver in putting heat on Chad Henne to throw off the rhythm of the Dolphins passing game.
3 – Demetrius Bell vs. Cameron Wake – The left tackle, following a long but successful offseason knee rehabilitation, will take on the two-time CFL Defensive Player of the Year (2007-08) in Cameron Wake. The expectations are high on Wake as he is expected to be the linchpin of the team’s pass rush after the offseason departures of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. Wake will be on the move a lot as he'll line up on whichever side of Buffalo's formation is the weak side.
Top 2 Bills Advantages
Good Advantage – Rushing attack – The Bills three-pronged rushing attack with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch offers Buffalo with versatile game-breaking options. Facing a defensive front that no longer has veteran anchor Jason Ferguson at nose tackle and a pair of rookies in the front seven, Buffalo should have some measure of success on the ground.
Best Advantage – Pass defense – Buffalo returns their entire secondary from a season ago, which was responsible for 22 of the team’s 28 interceptions a season ago. Despite the scheme change defensively and Miami’s addition of Marshall, Buffalo’s 2nd ranked pass defense of a year ago is expected to lock things down and prevent the big play.
Bills Number 1 Must
Run game – The Bills’ three backs are expected to be the engine of the Buffalo’s offense. As long as their ground game can keep the Bills’ offense in manageable down and distance situations come third down, Buffalo should be able to hold onto the football long enough to finish drives with points, and in turn keep Miami’s own productive rushing attack off the field.
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