5 Buffalo Bills Players New England Patriots Must Watch Out For
Five Bills Players Patriots Must Watch Out For
The New England Patriots are going to Ralph Wilson Stadium to play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. While this game might seem like an easy win for the Pats, let's not get too carried away just yet. Buffalo has a roster full of talent on both sides of the football.
Most of this team is comprised of young talent with players who are going into their first or second seasons. Nevertheless, there are some explosive players who have previously had big statistical games in their careers. Other players are new to the fold, but project well to the NFL with a skillset that makes you think that they could go off at any given time. And then there are the wily veterans, capable of exploiting a mismatch.
Chances are only one or two players on this list end up having a good game, as the Patriots should have too much talent and experience to lose. But make no mistake, if all or almost all of the players come out with a solid outing, the Pats might be in trouble. In Bill Belichick's case, the enemy that he's never faced is sometimes greater than the enemy that he has.
This Bills team is not the same squad of the past. There's no more Chan Gailey to keep trotting out backup-caliber quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick anymore. Now there's a fresh face in rookie head coach Doug Marrone, who wisely made his first-round pick quarterback E.J. Manuel the starter so that this franchise has some direction. Let's see if the aforementioned Manuel and/or other rookies made this list.
5. Kyle Williams, DE/DT
Williams is not only a Pro Bowl-caliber player, but he has a dream matchup against whoever suits up at right guard for the Patriots. He should be able to beat his opponent multiple times, both in the running and passing game.
4. Robert Woods, WR
Woods may be a rookie, but he was arguably the most pro-ready wide receiver to come out in this year's draft. With Belichick expected to try and take Stevie Johnson out of the passing game, expect Woods to take advantage of the single coverage that he is bound to get.
3. Kiko Alonso, ILB
Alonso is a legitimate three-down linebacker who can make an instant impact in this league. His biggest contribution this Sunday could come in pass coverage, where he will try to take Zach Sudfeld out of the game.
2. E.J. Manuel, QB
Manuel might be raw, but there is no doubt that he can have an impact due to his arm strength and athleticism. Belichick can't blitz him because Manuel will slip away. There's also not much point to sitting back in coverage so that Manuel can gain easy yards on the ground. Expect a lot of air time from Manuel too, as the Bills might be down big in this game at some point.
1. C.J. Spiller, RB
Spiller is arguably the most talented player on the Bills right now. He is a big play waiting to happen, and is excellent in the passing game as well. Even though Belichick should make it point to contain Spiller, the young running back is simply too quick and fast to be held down all game. He will make a big play at some point, if not several.