Film Notes: Advantage, Buffalo?

Pats prefer sub packages on D, and the Bills' offense is built to exploit such schemes

Originally Published: September 23, 2011
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, Scouts Inc. gives its take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend:

1. How can Buffalo exploit the Patriots' defense? Surprisingly, the Bills are the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL after two weeks, but how they get that production is interesting. The Bills love to run the ball with Fred Jackson out of a spread formation with at least three receivers. It usually means they are going up against softer sub defensive packages, which give the Bills excellent blocking angles. New England will use a ton of those sub packages with multiple linebackers and safeties, and you just don't see the Patriots in a lot of base packages, which should be helpful to Buffalo. Also, against a lot of man-to-man Pats schemes, Buffalo's receivers will run the defenders off with their backs to the ball, and that opens up the running game.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.