The Buffalo Bills saving grace last year was their passing defense as it was ranked second in the National Football League last year.
However, after the Bills third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals the defense has a lot of improving to do for the start of the regular season.
The run defense was just as bad as last year as they allowed Bengals starting running back to rush for 50 yards on eight carries, which translate95 to a 6.25 yards per a carry average.
The passing defense did not fare as well either as they gave up 95 yards in just a little bit over one quarter worth’s work, which at that rate would translate into over 380 yards passing day for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.
In the end, the Bills may have won the game, but they still have a heck of a lot of work to do on defense.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was rock solid against the Cincinnati Bengals completing 13 of 17 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.
As good as Edwards has been the last two games there is one problem.
Edwards in the past has done well against teams that use a 4-3 formation defensively and struggled against teams that ran a 3-4 defense. The last two games were against teams that use 4-3 defense.
That means the way the Bills season will really go offensively will be how they perform in week one of the regular season as the Miami Dolphins also use a 4-3 defense.
To Edwards defense he has been a much different quarterback as he is distributing the ball more to his wide receivers and less to his running backs and tight end who received most of his passes last year.
The difference is that head coach Chan Gailey who is also calling the plays on offense uses a variety of formations on all three downs. Last year the Bills used two wide receivers and two tight ends on first and second down and then on third down would use three or four wide receiver sets.
My belief is that it is more likely that Edwards will perform the way he has the last two games over the course of the regular season as previous head coach Dick Jauron meddled with the offense too much when his background was defense.
In the end, Bills fans hopes of a playoff this year will hinge on how Edwards performs against Miami.