Bills at Vikings: Sal's keys, notes and stats

The Bills will look for their first win of the season

Sal Capaccio
September 23, 2018 - 8:26 am

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Three keys for the Buffalo Bills, plus notes and stats as they attempt to get into the win column for the first time this season in Minnesota on Sunday:

1.) Who’s calling defensive plays?

Head coach Sean McDermott took over defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Leslie Frazier at halftime of last Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The results were immediately positive for the unit, as they held L.A. to just three second-half points (they scored 28 in the first half), and a total of four yards on just nine plays (three three-and-outs) in the third quarter. All this week, McDermott has declined to say who will be making the calls, only to say it will be a ”team effort.” We’ll see what happens on the first defensive series for the Bills.

2.) The progression of Josh Allen

Th Bills’ rookie quarterback did some good things in his first-ever start last week, but also made some critical mistakes. His biggest issue seemed to come from not recognizing certain coverages and blitz packages pre-snap, which led to him not seeing or pulling the trigger quick enough when it appeared opportunities were there to make plays in the passing game. There’s no doubt the Vikings will notice that on film and continue to try and befuddle him before the snap. Now that he’s seen that on film and what to watch for, hopefully he’s a little more comfortable - and quicker - to notice what he needs to to make the right reads and throws after the snap.

3.) McRib

Hey, don’t blame me. Former Bills’ center Eric Wood is the one who said that’s what we should call LeSean McCoy’s rib. That rib has been the main focus of this week’s injury report. McCoy was hit hard on a run last week, but as he was laying on the ground, center Ryan Groy was pushed back and fell on top of him, causing ripped cartilage. The running back has said he has no problem being hit but running can be painful. He’s officially listed as questionable for the game. If McCoy can’t go, it will most likely be Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory carrying the load for the Bills, as they’d be without their top offensive weapon.


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