The Buffalo Bills will face off against the Cleveland Browns in a prime time showdown this Thursday. The Bills have not won when playing in a prime time game since 2001. This is also their first prime time game since 2009.
The Bills need to come in and put all that aside and focus on the Browns. For the Bills to win, they need to be able to have three things happen.
Shut Down Brian Hoyer:
In two games Hoyer has thrown for almost 600 yards on 55 completions. He also did not throw an interception this past week against the Bengals. He did throw three against the Vikings in week 3 though. The defensive line needs to get pressure on to Hoyer and cause him to make quick decisions. They also need to keep him off balance with the defensive formations, but I have a feeling the Pettine is already working on it. The secondary needs to play as they did this past week to help the D-Line out and create those turnovers. They need to get Hoyer to second guess himself.
The Bills brought in the play action this past week and it worked well. Marrone and Hackett need to keep that up. It is a two headed monster though. Without a running game the play action will mean nothing. This means that the combo of Spiller and Jackson need to keep the ground game running. Spiller is expected to start this week even with a bad ankle.
The Bills have had issue this year with time management and clock management. They need to control the clock and if it means slow the play down a bit but keep their momentum then so be it. I like the hurry up offense and it is great but there is a time to step back and slow it down. If you have the ball and are running the clock it means that they don’t and can only watch the clock run.