ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Maurice Jones -Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs past Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
After Sunday's 36-26 loss to Jacksonville, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey spoke post-game about his team's decision to use an adjusted 3-4 look to try to shore up the run defense. In said look, the team would take their Jack linebacker off the field and replace him with a defensive lineman, usually Spencer Johnson or Alex Carrington, effectively creating a heavy 4-3 defense.
Gailey also spoke post-game about his team being physically manhandled by Jacksonville. George Edwards' latest run game tweak didn't come close to working, as Jacksonville rushed for 216 yards in their victory, becoming the third consecutive team to meet or exceed 200 rushing yards against the Bills.
I'd love to be able to tell you that the 689 rushing yards the Bills have allowed in their last three losses broke some age-old team record for a three-game stretch; alas, I can't. You only have to go back to Weeks 4-6 of the 2009 season for a worse three-game stretch, as the Bills surrendered 739 yards in those three games. A fact not worth overlooking: the New York Jets have been involved in each of those three-game runs.
Considering just how awful Buffalo's run defense is, it's not surprising that Bills opponents have held the ball for 34 more minutes than the Bills have in the last three games. On the season, nine opposing rushers have single-game rushing totals of 40 or more yards, and six rushers have scored touchdowns. It won't get any easier for the Bills after the bye; they'll take on one of the league's most physical teams in Baltimore in Week 7, then must take on the NFL's third-best rushing offense the following week in Kansas City.