The Buffalo Bills are coming off their week 6 bye week against a struggling Tampa Bay team. With Jameis Winston banged up and a defense who can't stop anyone at this point, now is the perfect chance for the Bills to come out and put a team away. Here are the five Bills who have a chance to make that happen early:
QB Tyrod Taylor
Tampa Bay is ranked 30th in total defense, giving up 403 yards per game. With 302 of those yards are through the air, they are allowing teams to complete over 70% of their passes. They also can't get to the quarterback with only six sacks on the year, which is a league low. With an extra week to prepare, Taylor has a chance to be better. Cordy Glenn looks to be back in the lineup, Jordan Matthews was a full participant in practice on Friday, and he even added a new weapon in Deonte Thompson. The matchup this week is favorable for Taylor and the rest of the offense.
OT Cordy Glenn
Glenn is back for the second straight game from his pesky foot/ankle injury. After sitting on the sidelines against the Bengals, Glenn should get the start over Dion Dawkins. Tampa Bay’s lack of pass rush ability would be a good chance to get Glenn back in the swing of things. With rumors swirling about trading Cordy Glenn and Sean McDermott doing everything but confirming that a tackle is on the trade block, maybe Glenn playing is a showcase of him being healthy. Similar to how Sammy Watkins was traded right after his preseason showcase.
WR Jordan Matthews
Matthews looks like he will be back on the field earlier than expected. He has limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday then graduated to a full participant on Friday. In the four games he has played, Matthews has been the leading man out of the receiving corps. With Charles Clay out, he likely steps into the number one target position. Matthews only has 10 catches for 162 yards on the season, but he has a chance to better those numbers against a bad Tampa Bay defense.
CB Tre’Davious White
If you can believe it, after four great games and one shaky one, White said that he sucked. White has said that he isn't going to suck anymore and this is a tough matchup to prove it against. Mike Evans is 6’5” and 230 pounds and White, well, isn't. That is a tough task for anyone, much less a rookie cornerback. White and Evans will be fun to watch all game. Don't expect him to be alone in coverage too often.
Safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde
Hyde leads the NFL in interceptions with four and Poyer has two of his own. Jameis Winston throws more interceptions than most guys in the league and he tries to fit the ball in windows that were never there. Winston alsoe puts a lot of trust in his receivers to make plays against double teams. Both of these guys should have a good day against Winston and I wouldn't be surprised if each of them adds to their interception total on the year.