Through the first two games of the 2023 season, opposing offenses seem to have found a key way to attack this Buffalo Bills defense. It is by utilizing their running backs out of the backfield as receivers and on screens.
In Week 1, the Jets two running backs (Dalvin Cook and Breece Hall) combined for four receptions and 46 receiving yards. Then in Week 2, while Josh Jacobs finished with negative rushing yards he was much better as a receiver with five receptions for 51 yards.
The Washington Commanders run game is led by Brian Robinson Jr. who has 37 rushing attempts over the first two games while no other player has more than five. He is going to be the primary running back in this backfield but the Bills might want to focus on another for this game.
Antonio Gibson had a breakout season in his second year in the league with over 1,000 rushing yards in 2021. However, he hasn't been much of a factor in this offense since then as a runner but is an explosive player who can make big plays in the passing game.
This season, Gibson has four receptions on four targets for 54 yards, including a long of 36 yards. Based on what teams have been able to do over the first two weeks, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has certainly taken notice and this could be a week where Gibson is heavily involved.