Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Looking Back: Bills Defensive Report Card

The Bills defense struggled in the past two games leading up to the Arizona Cardinals.  The Defense gave up 73 points in the second half and 661 yards as well.  With only about 12 minutes left in the game, the bills had only given up 125 yards and 3 points.  They also had 5 sacks recorded.  Jarius Byrd finished with 2 interceptions one coming in Overtime to help get the offense in scoring position for Lindell to attempt his 3rd FG of the season.  The defense overall looked good, but there were still too many basic mistakes out there.  For the most part, the missed tackles were a killer for them.  Watching the game, all one could see was the defense trying to make arm tackle upon arm tackle.  One of the first things that they teach you in football on the defensive side is how to tackle and they begin this at a young age.  They teach you to square up and keep you eyes on the torso, there is no way the torso can juke or deke you, and then drive through the tackle.  The one suggestion to the defense and Dave Wannstedt is go back to the basics with tackling.  As for everything else, the Bills played a minimal zone defense and for the most part when they were in zone it was only a 2 deep zone with man coverage.  This along with blitzing 1 or 2 guys on almost every down, Kolb and Skelton were left with limited time to make a decision and throw the ball.   The defense did leave themselves vulnerable to the QB scrambling and this also needs to be addressed but as a whole the improvement on defense was notice and noticed in a good way.  I am not going to break down the defense by position this week as they played well as a unit as they should.  The overall grade for the D this week is a B.  Great improvement but still there are improvements that need to be made.  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention, the SAFETY as well!

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