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Three headlines: Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos

A battle of two defensive-mind head coaches

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The Buffalo Bills are looking to make it two wins in a row as they return home to take on the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, on the other hand, are fresh off a demoralizing loss where they blew a 20-point halftime lead against the Minnesota Vikings. Here’s three of the top headlines for Week 12.

Josh Allen versus a top-ten defense

Last week Josh Allen had possibly his greatest performance as a professional quarterback. However it came against the Miami Dolphins whose defense currently ranks dead last in the league in DVOA. This week he’ll be going up against a Broncos defense that ranks ninth in DVOA. It will be Allen’s third game of 2019 against a top-ten defense. The previous two match-ups, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, did not go so well for Allen or the Bills.

Bills pass rush

Leslie Frazier and his defense recorded seven sacks against the Dolphins, tying their highest total in the Frazier/McDermott era. They spread the love around with Star Lotulelei, Ed Oliver, Shaq Lawson, Jordan Phillips, Jerry Hughes, Corey Liuget, Tremaine Edmunds, and Matt Milano all getting at least a piece of a sack. Part of the reason for the big sack numbers was an increased use of Edmunds and Milano as blitzers. Frazier spoke on blitzing his linebackers saying, “Just looking at some things that Miami did on offense was part of why we did what we did, but the results were really good.” Nobody can disagree with that. We’ll see if Frazier draws up a similar game plan against the Broncos.

Where there’s Smoke there’s fire

This offseason John “Smoke” Brown was just one of many free-agent additions on the offense. Now ten games into his Bills career he’s 13th in the league in receptions among wide receivers and eighth in receiving yards. He’s on the verge of making the Pro Bowl. If he was to get voted in he would be the first Bills’ wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Eric Moulds did it in 2002.