WWGD? The Buffalo Bills Edition

Well folks it's back. Your Weekly installment OF What Will Garrett Do? This Week we will be Looking at the Buffalo Bills. Here is the background for those that don't know. In this Series of posts I am going to look at the Defenses that Dallas will be facing this year. I will give a Scouting report on each based heavily on Stats from and a few player Profiles Via NFL Draft, then based off that I will try to set out what I think the Game plan that I think Garrett will employ. This will be based off my "Air Garrett" posts (Version 1,Version 2) where I set out this statement:

That is what I think "Air Garret" is all about. Attacking the Defense at it's weakest point. Study the opponents carefully. Find out where they are lacking defensively. I bet you will see alot of plays designed to target that area.

So on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, The Cowboys(4-4) will be at home against the Buffalo Bills(5-3 ). With Miles out for a few weeks, Laurent Robinson becomes the #2 WR, However, LR has been very Good for Dallas so there shouldn't be an effect on the Gameplan due to Injury.

SO a Quick Glance that the Bills Defense gives us the Following Information:

16th in Points Allowed @ 21.8 points per game

26th in yards allowed, @ 381 yards per game OF which 260 of those are passing(25th) and 120 are rushing(21st). so they are a poor Defense right? well they are second in the league with 15 INT's 3 of them pick 6's and have recovered 5of 6 FF....which is the main reason they are sitting @ 5-3. Or is it? Lets look at their Season to date:

Performance vs. Eagles
and avg. Team performance
Points Passing Rushing
Week 1
vs Bills 7 36 22 61% 105 2.8 18 108 6.0
Average/game 16.4 30 18 61% 189 6.7 30 123 4.0
Week 2
 vs Bills 35 33  22 67% 323 9.8 30 131 4.4
Average/game 23 31 18 58% 220 7.3 30 151 5.0
Week 3
 vs Bills 31 45 30 67% 387 8.6 26 108 4.2
Average/game 27.8 40 27


325 8.4 24 111 4.5
Week 4
 vs Bills 31 36 18 50% 287 7.6 32 171 5.3
Average/game 24 34 20 59% 212 6.6 28 104 3.7
Week 5
 vs Bills 24 27 21 78% 188 6.7 35 143 4.1
Average/game 25 35 22 62% 262 7.6 30 172 5.7

Week 6
 vs Bills 27 32 21 65% 292 9.1 33 132 3.7
Average/game 25 35 22 63% 282 8.5 27 88 3.3

Week 8
 vs Bills 0 33 20 61% 152 3.5 11 26 2.4
Average/game 19.3 36.2 20.3 56% 237.2 7.0 26.7 106.8 4.0

Week 9
 vs Bills 27 28 20 71% 222 7.7 39 126 3.2
Average/game 25 32 19 59% 209 6.9 27 97 3.6


So if we look at this in detail, particularly the Bills three losses, what do we see? Nothing really...the Bills Defense is all over the map. One week it plays really good, then the next it gets destroyed. It is very inconsistent. So where are the Weaknesses? Well lets Look at the Depth Chart:

Left Inside Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard Kirk Morrison
Right Defensive End Dwan Edwards Spencer Johnson
Left Outside Linebacker Chris Kelsay Alex Carrington
Left Defensive End Marcell Dareus Kellen Heard
Right Outside Linebacker Danny Batten Shawn Merriman
Free Safety Jairus Byrd
Right Inside Linebacker Nick Barnett Arthur Moats Chris White
Left Cornerback Drayton Florence Aaron Williams Justin Rogers
Strong Safety George Wilson Bryan Scott Da'Norris Searcy
Right Cornerback Leodis McKelvin Terrence McGee Reggie Corner
Nose Tackle Kyle Williams Torell Troup

Now If I remember Correctly Merriman was either released or put on IR, so that means that Danny Batten is the ROLB starter. So lets look a little deeper into the Roster, here is the top 5 Tacklers for the Bills:

Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
George Wilson 71 54 17 0.0 1
Jairus Byrd 56 42 14 1.0 1
Nick Barnett 67 40 27 1.0 1
Bryan Scott 40 30 10 1.0 0
Leodis McKelvin 28 21 7 0.0 0

Well this is intriguing. Of the Top 5 Tacklers on the Bills 4 of them play in the Secondary and one of them isn't even listed as a Starter. So lets look at how the Bills create pressure:

Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb

Marcell Dareus 24 17 7 3.5 0
Spencer Johnson 22 12 10 2.0 1
Dwan Edwards 34 18 16 1.5 0
Jairus Byrd 56 42 14 1.0 1
Nick Barnett 67 40 27 1.0 1
Bryan Scott 40 30 10 1.0 0

Normally I wouldn't include players that have less than 2 sacks, except that The Bills only have two players with more than 2 as you can see. However they have a bunch with 1 which could mean that they are similar to Dallas in that they bring a bunch of different players at different times. And Marcell Dareus is looking like a great pick for the Bills. 3.5 sacks as 3-4 DE is pretty good, the Fact that he is a Rookie is scary(Note to Self: Make sure Marcell Dareus is Blocked at all times) Other than Dareus, the Bills don't really have that "Demarcus Ware type" player. So lets look at some individual players on the Defense, specifically, Marcell Dareus, Nick Barnett, and George Wilson.
Marcell Dareus:

Height: 6031
Weight: 319
40 Yrd Dash: 4.93
20 Yrd Dash: 2.83
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 27
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.62
3-Cone Drill: 7.83
+10 pounds, 4.85/4.95/5.12 40 range before Combine

Dates: 03/09/11 
Height: 6031
Weight: 319
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 08'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

Nick Barnett:

Height: 6015
Weight: 236
40 Yrd Dash: 4.67
20 Yrd Dash: 2.75
10 Yrd Dash: 1.65
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 32
Vertical Jump: 34 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.08
3-Cone Drill: 7.00

George Wilson:

Combine Invite: yes
Height: 6001
Weight: 213
40 Yrd Dash: 4.63
20 Yrd Dash: 2.71
10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.98
3-Cone Drill: 7.07

Dates: 03/04, 03/24 
Height: 6001
Weight: 213
40 Yrd Dash: 4.56
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

Random Facts that annoy intrigue me: Barnett was a Free agent and signed a 3 year 11.5 million deal to play for the Bills but we went with Brooking and James.....SMH George Wilson is a Converted WR playing SS...I wonder....Harris? It was rumored that the Bills were looking to trade out of the three spot this past draft. IF certain things had gone differently could we have been talking about Marcell instead of Tyron?
Anyway the best game plan I can think of is to try and play Keep away with the Bills Offense. IF Murray can continue to be as good as he has been, and Felix Get some time in to keep him fresh, there is no reason why we can't keep the Defense off the Field. Now with as far as Passing goes, Dez should get Doubled with Austin out, which means that LR should have a Favorable Matchup. Witten will probably be covered by Wilson or Barnett or Both. Murray should be a good matchup against the LB's if Witten pulls Barnett. The Biggest thing will be to score Touchdowns and not Field Goals. But then that is nothing new. No Funky Formation, just beat the Bills.
As Always I welcome any comments or critiques, especially from any Bills Fans that stop by. but just as a friendly Reminder:


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