Protecting Josh Allen and other keys to victory for Buffalo Bills in Week 2

The Buffalo Bills are looking to bounce back after a rough week one loss to the New York Jets, here are some key things the Bills have to do if they want to earn their first win of 2023 against the Raiders.
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Buffal Bills need to keep Josh Jacobs in check

The Raiders have one of the best running backs in the league, Josh Jacobs. Last season, he led the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards. Along with that, he posted 12 touchdowns, averaged  97.2 yards per game, and added 53 catches for 400 yards. He is a big-time playmaker for the Raiders’ offense.

While the common thought after week one is that the Bills struggled against the run, it seems to be a little blown out of the water. They surrendered 172 rushing yards, on 28 attempts, with most of it coming from Breece Hall’s 127 yards. 83 of those 127 yards came on an 83-yard dash that was about to be stopped at the line of scrimmage before a missed tackle sprung him free. There’s more to it than just the stats when it comes to the Bills’ run defense from Week 1, which currently ranks 29 in the league, heading into week two.

The Denver Broncos held Jacobs in check in week one, containing him to only 48 yards on 19 carries. That was a huge reason why it was a tightly contested game the whole way, with the Raiders winning by one point. The Bills need to clean up their tackling for this game. If they allow Jacobs to rip off huge runs like Breece Hall did, it’s going to be very tough for them to get a win.