5. Taking advantage of an underperforming secondary
The Bills aren’t what many analysts thought they would be on defense to this point. Last year, Buffalo was fourth in the league in passing defense. They were a fierce secondary with Tre’Davious White and Micah Hyde balling out. Opposing offenses struggled to get to 200 passing yards each week against them.
This year, the Bills are only 17th in the league in pass defense. In their last three games they’ve given up 253 passing yards per contest.
What happened? Some of it is simply defensive regression. It’s so hard to play great lockdown coverage year in and year out when opposing offensive coordinators get a look at some of that film.
Tre’Davious White was arguably the best cornerback in the league last year by most metrics. This year, he hasn’t achieved quite the same heights. PFF ranks him as the 27th highest graded corner in the league.
Jordan Poyer is still at about the same level he was, so he will give Herbert some problems at free safety. All things considered though, this isn’t quite as intimidating of a matchup as it initially looked prior to the season. I don’t expect Herbert to be slowed down in this game.
It won’t be as easy as the Jets last week, but this is an easier secondary to attack than Miami’s at the moment.