Buffalo Bills’ Public Enemy In 2013 Season Week 1: New England Patriots’ Jerod Mayo

By Scott DelleFave
Jerod Mayo
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New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is an extremely smart versatile linebacker who can play any linebacker position, and he doesn’t miss man tackles in the open field. Mayo isn’t the biggest linebacker on the Patriots by any stretch, as he is 6-foot-2 and weighs 230 pounds. He is also coming off one of the best years of his career after having 87 tackles, four forced fumbles and three sacks.

Mayo was drafted 10th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and hasn’t looked back, even becoming a two-time member of the Pro Bowl, and was named All-Pro in 2010. The Patriots’ linebacker corps is tremendously good with players like Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower, who enjoy punishing opposing teams’ key players on offense.

With that being said, the biggest knock on these three linebackers is that they are all the same kind of linebacker. Also, the Buffalo Bills have the abilities to beat this trio due to the weapons they possess for the first time in a long time. These include running back C.J. Spiller, who can blow past seemingly anyone on the ground when he’s pounding the rock and can take catches for touchdowns seemingly from anywhere on the field.

This should be an interesting matchup between the Bills and the Patriots, it will likely be a lot closer than people think. It’s entirely possible that the Bills can pull off the upset and get Ralph Wilson Stadium rocking for the upcoming weeks.

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