In Week 1, the Bills gave up 172 rushing yards to a very one-dimensional New York Jets offense. Many fans were wondering how the team would do against Jacobs, who ran for a league-high 1,653 yards last season.
Well, the Bills certainly answered the call on Sunday at Highmark Stadium. They held Jacobs to a Reggie Bush-esque total of negative-two rushing yards on nine carries. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this is the first time since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970 that a defending NFL rushing champion has finished a game with negative rushing yards.
This is a very welcome improvement to a defense that seemed built to stop the pass and hadn’t shown the flexibility to also shut down the run when required.