It’s a team game and all that, but who are the five most important players for Buffalo in the coming week’s game? Each week we’ll take a look in a feature called Five Key Players.
NT Kyle Williams – The Raiders would no doubt love to run the ball right down Buffalo’s throat Sunday and control the clock. Williams dominating the middle of the field would certainly put a stop to that plan. Williams was pretty quiet last Sunday, and I can’t imagine that happening too often in 2011.
LB Nick Barnett – I really can’t emphasize enough how happy I’ve been with the signing of Barnett so far. He’s exactly the kind of player Buffalo was dying for in its defense. However, he’ll face his biggest test in a Buffalo uniform with Darren McFadden and the potent Raider rushing attack coming to town. Barnett’s going to need to make a ton of tackles in all likelihood.
RT Erik Pears – If there was any negative at all from the Kansas City win it was the fact that Pears didn’t play particularly well. The sack he gave up to Tamba Hali was particularly brutal. There’s no doubt that the Raiders will attempt to attack the right side of the Buffalo line in this contest. If Pears can’t hold up, it could be a long day for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
CB Leodis McKelvin – With Terrence McGee out for an extended period with an injury, it’s time for McKelvin to step up and reach the potential the Bills saw when the team made him a first-round draft pick. The Buffalo secondary held up very well without McGee in the Kansas City game, and it will be important that happens again in this game. If the Raiders are able to move the ball through the air, it’s gonna really open things up for the highly dangerous Oakland running game.
WR Donald Jones – It was a bit of a quiet game for Jones last week despite the fact he caught a touchdown in the second half. The more legitimate threats the Bills have at receiver, the easier it’s going to be for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Getting TE Scott Chandler going was a good start last week. Jones emerging as a true weapon opposite Stevie Johnson would be big.