Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws in the pocket against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
If all goes according to how I’ve planned (we’ll have to amend some Kiko stuff) it out over three previous posts, the Bills will be 12-0 heading into their Week 14 match up with the Denver Broncos. Which means Jim Schwartz will be the defensive coordinator of an unbeaten NFL team, and he’ll still feel a need to prove himself.
The Broncos matchup is the perfect time and place for Schwartz and his defense to play their best game. The Broncos offense and Peyton Manning are the cream of the crop in the AFC and I don’t see any way for the Bills to beat them in Denver unless Schwartz’ crew just gets downright nasty.
They need to sack Manning from every angle possible. Mario Williams needs to bring heat. Kyle Williams will need to blow up the middle. Brandon Spikes, we know you’re mostly a run stopper – but lets tackle number 18 in the backfield. Same goes for you Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey…go get the guy you saw in the Super Bowl last year.
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Lets face it, while the Bills going 16-0 and is quite unrealistic, the biggest hurdle is the Broncos. Even when I’m in my most optimistic of moods I can’t fathom E.J. Manuel winning a shootout. I can’t see our special teams generating more than maybe a single surprise touchdown. Truth be told, I can’t even really see our defense slowing Manning down.
But if there is a way, it will need to be lead by the Schwartz and some bold gameplanning. There is talent on the front line. There is reason to believe A.J. Williams will blossom this year. Maybe Marcell Dareus will be in shape by Week 13.
Coaches always talk about never looking ahead in a season and taking it one week at a time. It’s a nice thought, but if I’m Schwartz and Doug Marrone, I’d already have my eyes on week 14. I’d make sure there are some new schemes, surprises and flat out trickery I have saved for Manning. Even with all the momentum and confidence that comes from being 12-0 – the Bills will need everything they can muster come December 7.