From Week 1 to the third quarter of Week 4, the Buffalo Bills’ defense had been a dominant unit in the league with takeaways and getting to the quarterback. Then in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Tre’Davious White went down with a lower leg injury which would be finalized as a torn Achilles.
The Bills were now down their superstar corner in the secondary. Then in Week 5, not one but two key defensive starters in Matt Milano and DaQuan Jones went down with injuries that will keep them sidelined a majority of the season, if not all.
The Bills’ defense also just gave up 196 yards on the ground to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London in a 25-20 loss. Buffalo will be looking to move to the next man up mentality on the defense. One advantage that the Bills have moving forward is that the head coach Sean McDermott can work with the defense directly to figure out how to plan a defensive scheme that will be effective. The disadvantage? The Bills are now down three starts at each level of the defense.