4.) Foyesade Oluokun
One of the more underrated players in the NFL, Oluokon is a tackling machine. From 2020-2022, with both the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars, Oluokon has recorded 3 consecutives seasons of 100+ combined tackles, two seasons where he had over 100+ solo tackles. He is on pace to keep the streak going with currently having 46 combined tackles through four weeks. Wherever the football is, Olukon is near it.
The Bills will have to find a scheme to eliminate Olukon from making an impactful play. By himself, Oluokon has recorded 8 solo tackles in three out of four games this year. He is not a blitzing linebacker, but can play coverage in the middle of the field which is something that the Bills’ offense has adjusted to these last three weeks. If Oluokun can hold down the middle of the field and take away a security blanket for Josh Allen, Allen might have to win on the outside of the numbers.
3.) Travis Etienne
Through four weeks, running back Travis Etienne is averaging 17 carries a game for 65 yards. While he has yet to break over 100 rushing yards in a game, the Bills’ defense has given up over 100 yards to two different backs (Breece Hall & De’Von Achane). However, Etienne fits the preferred offensive approach in 2023 as a receiving back, as he has 14 catches for 96 yards as well.
The Bills will still need to expect a heavy dose of production from Etienne, who can help quarterback Trevor Lawrence get comfortable with the pass against a Buffalo defense that is tied for the most sacks and leads the league in takeaways. With the Bills’ run defense being arguably the weakest link on the team up to this point, the Jaguars could be looking to solidify the run to set up the pass. With Etienne being a pass-catching back, he can also play a huge role in the dump-off passes to pick up the easy yards and move the chains.