Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Buffalo Bills: Defense not completely off

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The Bills defense has been the center of debate since week 1 of the season.  Seven games in it is still the most talked about issue that the Bills have been struggling with and need to improve greatly.  There is one part of the defense that is bound for a positive outlook.  The Bills defense, through seven games, has 11 takeaways.  The downside to this is that 8 have come from two players.  Jarius Byrd and Bryan Scott lead the team with those 8 takeaways.  Byrd, coming into the bye week has 3 interceptions, tied for second most in the league and has 1 fumble recovery.  Scott is right behind Byrd with interceptions at 2 and is tied for third most in the league but has 1 more fumble recovery to put him in a tie for the second most fumble recoveries in the league with 2.  Byrd known for his play and his knack to be in the right place at the right time actually has more forced fumbles, 9, than interceptions, 7 since the 2010 campaign.  If the Bills want to move the discussion from their coaching decisions and their lack of tackling and ability to stop the run or the pass, more players need to get on the ban-wagon and start forcing and getting turnovers.  This will accomplish two things, it will keep our defense off the field, which will limit the bad plays and bad decision making at it will begin to bring the defense closer to the rest of the leagues averages for defenses.

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