Sept. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) breaks a tackle by Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson (93) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 52 to 28. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Where’s This Elite D-Line?


Like we’ve heard almost every game this season, the commentators praised the Bills defensive line when introducing the teams. They said that the Bills had one of the best, if not the best, defensive line corps in the league. They weren’t saying that much after the team gave up 237 yards rushing to the Patriots yesterday.

In an effort that looked strikingly similar to defensive performances of last year the Bills defense made Steven Ridley and undrafted free agent Brandon Bolden look like the class of the league. The team had only one sack of the day, shared by Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. The pass rush was nearly nonexistent.

Another lackluster performance has fans worried about Mario Williams, and rightfully so. There are moments where it would be very easy to forget that the 100 Million dollar man is even on the field. The argument that he is freeing up space for the other linemen to take advantage of is slowly fading as well. According to WGR’s Joe Buscaglia, Williams was only double teamed one play the entire game. So much for defenses having to focus on him.

The blame should not go entirely on Mario’s shoulders, for it wasn’t a stellar affair for any of the linemen. There were many plays where it appeared that Dareus and Kyle Williams were over matched. The Patriots offensive line, which was shorthanded due to injuries, dominated play. Not a good sign for a team who’s strength was supposed to be at those positions.

Next week the Bills face the best running back they have gone up against this season, Frank Gore. This should be a real test of the Bills ability to not only prepare, but to preform as well. It makes a fan shutter though. If Bolden and Ridley can both get over 100 yards in one game against the Bills, imagine what Frank Gore could do?

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