Coming off of the Buffalo Bills' Week 1 victory over Indianapolis, fans and fantasy owners were a bit disappointed with the production from lead back LeSean McCoy (17 carries, 41 yards; three receptions, 46 yards). Buffalo's Week 2 opponent, the New England Patriots, were equally disappointed with the play of the team's run defense after giving up 127 rushing yards to 32-year old DeAngelo Williams on opening night.
If McCoy's 2.4 yards per carry wasn't frustrating enough, a 12-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was nullified by a holding call. To make matters worse, McCoy's owners saw both of his backups score two touchdowns on Sunday. Karlos Williams found the endzone with an impressive 26-yard run in the second quarter, and Boobie Dixon vultured a score in the third quarter with his one-yard plunge. McCoy's receiving output salvaged the day somewhat, at least.
As noted above, the Patriots' defense had difficulty containing Pittsburgh's running game last Thursday night. New England's defense could not stop Williams, who averaged just over six yards per carry on his 21 attempts. Some of their troubles could be attributed to the loss of Dominique Easley, who left the first quarter of the Pittsburgh game with a hip injury; Easley's status is still in question for this weekend's game, with early reports from NFL Network indicating that he will miss one or two games. If Easley can't play on Sunday, third-round pick Geneo Grissom would likely start in Buffalo.
The hamstring injury that plagued McCoy throughout the preseason did not seem to be an issue on Sunday, as the Bills' coaching staff fed him 20 touches out of 55 offensive plays. Expect McCoy to see a similar workload on Sunday against the Patriots, in a favorable matchup on paper for the Bills' rushing game.