What's up? Everybody? This is the Rico report.
As you can see record not here right now he is out for the weekend.
Or at least for tonight.
He's ah way for today.
So they got us filling in.
If you don't know who I am, I am Kyle.
Nah, Perella, I run the nap knows Bill's podcast is You could see it says that right below my name that knows bills.
Um, I have with me, I have Clay TROIA.
I have Kevin Garrard.
How you guys doing? No.
God, man, how are you doing? Good.
Doing good? I'm excited.
I haven't, actually.
Unfortunately, I haven't gotten toe do anything with you yet, Clay.
But we were talking before actually Kevin got on and Kevin Last time we did a podcast together, we caused a little bit of a stir within bills Mafia so waken do it again.
Ways getting yelled at. So it's fine.
So I think we got a couple of good topics way.
Definitely want to get into the Raiders game for towards the end of the show.
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So, guys, let's get into this.
We I sent you over some of the topics that wanted to talk about and the first thing I wanted to get into.
I want to make sure that we talk about the whole tight end situation with the Bills because it's a It's an interesting situation.
Right now we have a guy who we drafted in the third round.
Dawson knocks on and everybody was really high on him leading into the season.
Or at least I waas.
I don't know if you guys were as high on him as I was, but he didn't.
He hasn't had the start to the season that we thought he was gonna have.
We end up having a ninja ary.
He misses the game.
Tyler Kroft steps in big time performance from Tyler Kroft e want to get your guys thoughts? Do you think that we should have a little controversy here? Is that Do you think that Tyler Kroft should possibly be starting or you still all in on? Dawson knocks on I wanna go to play first.
So for me, um, I think Knox is still the better tight end on the roster.
Uh, just because of the way that Brian Table has kind of designed the offense to be very tight end friendly, Uh, because once we cut pat to Marco, we didn't have anyone there to play fullback.
So what? What tables been doing pretty creatively.
He's moving different guys into the backfield, and Dawson Knox is one of the guys that he's been putting into that he's been motioning into that fullback spot or putting him there right from the get go a lot.
So I think he's been doing a pretty good job, kind of playing that lead blocker role a little bit.
I think he's a better blocker overall, and I think he's kind of just more of an more of a better athlete in general.
I think Croft is a great receiving tight end.
I think he's very athletic as well, but I think I think Dawson knocks a little more well rounded.
I think he can fill in the role that table wants his tight end to be able to dio a little bit better than Croft is able Thio All right? Yeah, And Kevin.
What? I know you're the You're not necessarily a Bills fan.
You're the resident Dolphins fan for the fanatics.
But what are your thoughts? I mean, you've gotten to see Dawson knocks play against the Dolphins a couple times.
He's scored a touchdown against you guys before, are you Are you in on Dawson? Knox should be playing for the Bills.
Or do you think that there's a possibility that we could make a change for this season? No.
You got to stick with Knox.
I mean, Crofts, Okay, But his last what? He had six catches for 24 yards or four catches for 24 yards last game.
Let's not go nuts here.
So, uh, Knox is a dynamic athlete, so he can't catch the ball.
He's got a struggle there.
Yeah, he's got a lot of drop problems at the moment, all of his time on the judge machine.
But Knox brings you explosiveness.
You can threaten you in all very, you know, various areas of the field.
Croft is better hands. He solid.
He's dependable, but it depends.
Are you gonna cut cut your losses than with Knox and bury him on the bench like you put a sprint a third rounder on him.
Like maybe see if he can develop like Clay was saying the he's a better blocker.
Croft is cross the guy he confined in the waiver wire tomorrow like he's not a bad player.
He's he's solid. He's good toe.
Have is your tight end to that's really, you know, he's a really good tight end to, but there's no upside.
So you wanna I think you got to stick with Knox.
Released a few more games to see if you can tap into some of that upside.
Yeah, you know, I see some of the comments Some of the guys want to run like a 12 personnel to tight ends.
But I don't like that for you guys either, because you know you want to spread them out, gives Allen more rush lanes, and you got your wide receivers to strengthen your team right now, eh? So you want to get as many of those on the fields you can.
I just like, knocks better.
I like I think he's a better matchup option.
I think he's harder to cover.
Hey, just got to stop making bonehead plays like fumbling and stuff like that.
I think if he gets a bit of confidence into him, then he'll he'll blossom.
But I think if you bury him on the bench right now, he's gonna lose all of his confidence and you might be a waste of time.
Yeah, I wanna make it.
Clearly, I'm not saying that we should bury him on the bench, not playing at all.
Three question was really just because Croft I mean, I do agree that I think Croft has better hands with what Corey said in his comments.
We'll go back to that one.
I think Croft does have better hands right now.
He's more reliable at the moment, and I guess I was more thinking like I probably I'd probably consider at the moment because we're Buffaloes in a win now. Mode.
Um, and I don't wanna lose out on what Dawson Knox could be, but just thinking about being in a win now mode, Maybe the better option is to split time a little bit more than they have been, Uh, because if you get a guy who can be more solid, then maybe why not? Using the best guy should play.
But that's not always the case.
Uh, sometimes the scheme does change that.
Yeah, it's just because you're in, you know, it's the beginning of the year.
You guys are not.
You're not struggling to score points.
This would be on it all.
A good time to your like your office, you know, is being sarcastic, like your offense is clicking on all on all cylinders here.
So this is a good time to get him in here.
And if he doesn't develop, you can't do the job.
Then you've always got Croft for your playoff on.
But the ceiling for Croft is very limited, like he's not gonna get any better.
This is what he is.
He's got decent hands, and that's about it.
He's not a threat like no one's gonna worry about covering Croft.
If Knox ever figures out how to just hold onto the ball, he's a threat.
So I agree that right now, you know Cross probably playing better, but it's still early.
It's still a good situation to see what you got knocks when it comes.
Like I said later in the season.
If he's not, if he's still struggling, he's not improving that venture.
Yeah, What did Claire? What are your thoughts on this comment from Christopher E.
That's actually not a bad comment here.
You know, Dawson knocks the Josh Allen of tight ends.
I could see that.
He's kinda kind of a little bit raw, but he's just a beast.
You know, he's He's a big physical presence in the offense.
On I think that that yeah, maybe it would.
It'll take him a little bit of a year to develop into the tight end that he could be.
And I mean, even if you look back at his college days, he barely was running routes, catching the ball, anything like that.
I think he had nine catches in college, so I mean, he's not used to this.
This is This is something that he still really kind of getting into the flow off and going back to a comment that that we had earlier where you know, and Kevin mentioned it where you know, thinking about 12 personnel or something like that, putting two tight ends on the field.
I agree with what Kevin was saying, where we like to run 10 personnel.
That's what we've been running a lot of.
We've been doing four wide one in the back field, and that's been ah, really go to formation on Ben.
I know Croft had two touchdowns last week, but they beloved to find guys that you will not expect to score a touchdown and then throw them a touchdown.
Gilliam has a touchdown this year, and Lee Smith has a touchdown this year.
And there was one play in Week one where Alan did a roll out play and ran it in for a touchdown, and Ryan Bates was his intended receiver on that play.
So I mean, as far as the touchdown things go, anyone on this roster can score a touchdown because because stable likes toe throw that unexpected guy at you in the red zone.
But, yeah, I definitely think Knox it's still a little bit raw and, like Kevin said, he needs to spend all this time of the Jugs machine and and just focus on getting the ball in his hands and keeping it there.
Yeah, and I think an important thing to note with Dawson knocks to is that just because I brought this.
You know this topic up.
I do think that he's very valuable in the run game, too.
I mean, that's how he was utilized when he was at Ole Miss.
So I think we're probably all in agreement.
Don't go off of Dawson knocks still make sure that he's a part of the system and he did practice today, so it does look like he's going to play keeping it on.
Do you think he's gonna possibly have Ah, good game this this week or you see him getting utilized in the game at least a little bit more than he has been so far.
I'd like to see it.
We ran a screen pass to him, and I was like a giddy little kid when I saw that, because we've you know, we've been asking for that for a while just because we want the ball in his hands and then you know, the game where the game got blacked out.
Hey, had another great screen pass, ran it for 40 yards, but then he dropped the ball.
Um, so I mean, I think I think they are trying to get him more involved.
I think they should try to get him more involved on.
Did you know he seems healthy, so hopefully we'll have him in there.
I'm not really sure if if he'll if he'll have a break out game, it will be interesting to see how they use them.
Kevin, Any thoughts on that? You think you think he might have a chance against this Raiders team? Yeah.
I think you guys gonna be up pretty significantly pretty early on.
Uh, you might might see a lot of the running game this week.
I think he's gonna end up so you might see him in there because he's a better run blocker.
But I expect you guys to be up by 23 scores relatively early.
I think the Raiders don't match up well with you guys.
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Let's transition over.
I want to talk about the offense and, well, I guess technically it's more specifically the defense because the defense hasn't necessarily been all that we thought it was gonna be did.
Well, I'll start with you, Kevin, because you have.
You might have a little bit different oven opinion here.
Do you think that the Bills offense can carry the bills defense If they don't improve? I think they well can they? Yes, but I think the defense will improve, is too talented if you're just there to.
The defense has been carrying you guys for the last what, 34 years the offense can hold, carry some of the water.
Now I think they'll catch up.
I think you know you and you played Miami.
It's a division game.
It's like, you know, weird things happen when you play division games.
You played the Rams.
I know that was really weird to like.
You guys were dominating them all sudden, they they just caught fire.
But they're not about offense, right and I think the defense is going to catch up.
I think that you've got some new pieces on the defensive line.
You're trying to figure out how you're gonna put Addison and Jefferson and all these guys in there.
I think you figure out your rotation.
Obviously, when Milano and Edmunds missed the game against Miami, that hurt.
I think both of both of their back.
And you're playing this game.
Uh, you know, it, Z it'll come together.
But I think as of right now, to answer your question, yeah, your offense can carry especially.
I don't think too much about the Raiders.
I think they're secondary is not very good.
And I think you guys gonna shred them.
Before we before I get yours, Clay.
Steve, shout out, Steve, Too much talent on this screen.
I appreciate it.
I know everybody else does.
I feel like you probably appreciate that to Kevin.
I know you appreciate that to Clay.
Let me get your What was that? Kevin? I had to go get my red one.
You're all good. You're all good.
But, Clay, let me get your thoughts on that.
Do you think that the Bills offense can carry the defense.
If it doesn't improve, I think they can.
And I think the best example.
That was last week against the Rams.
The Rams have a great football team.
I mean, Sean McVeigh has been coaching them up so well this year.
His his game plan, you know, he stuck to it so well in the second half.
He kept on running the ball and Henderson was just tearing it up.
And then that opened up.
Ah, lot of plays for Jared Goff off play action because that's that's their bread and butter is play action.
No one's around more than them.
So you know, he really stuck to that run game, kept the play action working, and they really torched the defense in the second half.
The Rams that they really torched our defense.
And then you saw three offense built up a nice early lead, and then they ended up coming back for the wind.
So I think they can carry and we saw you know, an example of that last week, but I do think that the defense will come around eventually.
Last year was, you know, early on the defense was struggling A little bit is Well, you know, maybe that's something.
Leslie Frazier and Sean McDermott just need to sit down and have a conversation about, Really, figure out what's going on there and and really, you know, kind of nail it down.
But I think the defense will catch up eventually.
And if they don't, then we're just gonna need Josh Allen to not stop the production that he's doing in order for us to be successful.
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Was that good? Well, you know, Rico, basically, I don't know if I've been physically decided.
When he just hammers the bell, the things popping up, you know, he's an excitable he's Where's he's at a cottage this weekend, actually, Yeah, E no, I can't.
I can't rival the way Rico does it.
No, Sure, he's very talented and hammering the belt.
E did my best, though, you know, it was good, but yeah.
So I think we're trying to get back.
Thio. Here we go. Pierres Comment.
I'm nervous of seeing how good the offense is not used to this.
I think I kind of fall in line with this, right.
No, no, I know you.
But, I mean, nervous Nellie down at the bottom all summer.
You know, he's been in the chat whining about Josh Collins, and now all of a sudden, he's he's not used to this.
Nostradamus has been predicting it for three years Now.
All of a sudden, he's afraid I get what you're gonna call Pierre out for that because of how bolsters he was all especially this past off season.
So I get that, But for me personally, I have never actually seen a really good Bills offense like the the first game that I ever watched.
Waas I want to say it was like 31 to nothing.
Bills game against the Patriots back in like 2000 and one s I don't have yeah lawyer Malloy.
Yeah, like I don't have a good grasp on what it's like to have a good offense, Really? Because even like the Drew Bledsoe had, like, one or two good years.
But even then, I was young, so I'm getting used to it, and I'm still used to the defense carrying the team, so I'm not gonna lie.
I am a little nervous that will the offense be able to keep up this production throughout the year? Because I just haven't seen it happen, and I'm not used to a quarterback that's good in Buffalo.
Lee. I'm not used to an offense.
That's a pass happy offense, I said.
I actually said this on the podcast.
I'm still just kind of learning.
I'm relearning how to be a fan because I'm learning how to be a fan of a good team now, so it's a little different for me play.
Do you feel similar to that, or is it different for you? I feel the same way.
Um, you know, I'm I'm young enough.
Thio pretty much on Lee have memories of the bills not being a good football team, or at least not having an offense.
So it was a little shocking for me in the first watching, watching last week's game when they were just throwing up first half numbers like it was nothing.
I didn't I didn't even know how to react.
I you know, I'm just kind of sitting back and saying How what is happening right now? I've never seen this before, but I think this is this'll is the new Josh, You know, I think he's He's kind of arrived.
He's not gonna put up 300 yards every every week.
You know, 300 yards, three or four touchdowns every week.
It's just it's impossible to keep up that kind of production, But he's I think where he is right now is I don't think there's gonna be much regression for him.
I think he's kind of figured it out.
Him and Dave will have a great thing going.
I think they've really figured out where Josh strengths are and how they can best work that into the scheme.
You've seen a lot of common routes like the over routes, the crossing routes that's been there, really their bread and butter this year, and Allen's been able to put the ball in a perfect spot.
So I I think he's here to stay and you know, we'll see where it goes from there.
But I don't think there's gonna be too much regression from him and in terms of with this defense, Goto Heather's comment.
I feel like the defense is not in football shape yet to make four quarters of football, the Rams really showcase that.
Combine that with McVeigh's window dressing offense.
Kevin, what are your thoughts on this like, Do you think that just being in football shape not having the preseason is affecting the defense is more? Do you think that there's something else that's going into it? I'm not so sure about the actual conditioning, but there might be something to with no pre season UH, no TVs, no, that the amount of tackling was severely limited.
There was very little to almost none live tackling.
I don't know if the bills, so I know the Dolphins.
I don't think they had.
They had one scrimmage where they actually had live tapping where they bring someone to the ground.
So I think a lot of teams were in that situation this year and that's why you're seeing a lot of defensive struggle because there was no no tackle tackling at all until week one.
So I think the defense is a little bit more normally.
The offenses are a little bit behind the defense, and they got to catch up mostly because of the cohesiveness.
But the this year, I think the defense has to catch up because this is the first time they're getting real life drills.
Yeah, Clay, anything on this one that the offense is good, but that Ben don't break defense will keep us all on blood pressure pills.
I know. I was I was feeling it.
Uh, actually, the last two games Really? Against your dolphins, Kevin.
Sorry. Not sorry.
Um, and then against the Rams, like I was feeling, I had high blood pressure during those games because it just seemed like it was that.
Then don't break defense.
But then it broke a couple times.
Do you have any worries about that? I mean, uh, kind of going back to the last comment as well with, um, with, you know, maybe there maybe they're not is in good shape.
Uh, credit the Rams in their playbook as well, because their time of possession, I think just kind of broke the Bills a little bit there toward the end, their time of possession and the way they just kept on running the ball and running the ball, Um, that entire defense out.
And so I think, um, you know the bend don't break.
I think that's still that's still kind of the way they are.
I think the Bills as a team is that's the way they are.
You see a lot of fourth quarter comebacks from the Bills.
You know, goal line stands.
We haven't really had too many problems with in the past.
I think that's kind of kind of the way that the team operates isn't a bend.
Don't break type of away.
Um, so I mean, we'll kind of see how it is.
But, you know, keep those blood pressure pills around, because I don't think I don't.
I think we're gonna have a few more close games this year.
The schedule is really tough.
So, you know, keep keep those around because I think it will be kind of a bend.
Don't break type of a year as a whole.
Yeah, real quick.
Got to get this one.
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I remember that Kelly law often read McKellar BB 90 to 95 days.
Allen with Sean.
Leading is exciting again.
I gotta say, I don't even have a remote chance of remembering those days because I was born in 95 so I couldn't even I would never have even had a chance.
But yeah, the depend don't break defense.
Worries me a little bit.
What was that, Kevin? You never you guys.
You guys never stopped Thurman e.
I mean, I've seen, like, highlights of him and whatnot, and but I never got to watch any of those guys live.
Obviously a lot of tears built at my house over Thurman Thomas.
One of the greatest moments of my life is when he put on the dolphin jersey for this last season.
I always forget that he played for the dolphins.
I've seen pictures of it a couple times.
It just looks weird.
Stuff like that freaks me out.
There's been a couple of other guys.
Yeah, and then, uh, yeah, It's just something are weird.
Like Jerry Rice when he played for I think he played for, like, the Seahawks at the end of his career.
And there's just something really weird ones.
Yeah, I wish he didn't do that.
Even though I didn't get to watch him play.
I wish he didn't turn over to the dark side.
We're never gonna agree on that.
And Furman to during that span, he was the only one on the team that ever won an M v p.
I don't think Kelly ever got one, Did he e back to back years? He won one on e.
Okay, I couldn't remember honestly, but I knew that I knew that Thurman had won an M v p you know, running back.
That's not always very common.
But his all purpose yards stats alone.
It would've been incredible to see him play.
He just seemed like he seems kind of like a McCaffrey type where you could just do it all.
Yeah, Yeah, he was for my money was better than that, Smith and I think he was better than Emma Smith like, hands down like I don't I think the only running back in the last whatever since the nineties that I've seen that was better than Thurman Thomas, for sure is Barry Sanders.
And then after that, you're you know, maybe Marshall Faulk was very similar, Like LaDainian Tomlinson.
Those guys, you can have an argument for my money.
Thurman's the second best running back since, Like 1997.
I guess you don't remember Joe Ferguson.
No, not a chance that I remember or got tow watch. Joe Ferguson.
Do you remember Jack Kemp and his jump passes? We'll have to monitor this and see if he responds to that.
Oh, here's another one.
Yeah, they're not.
We'll go to Bruce Smith. Bruce Smith of Washington.
He was still productive.
I saw he's another guy.
I didn't actually get to physically watch because he by the time I was really watching games.
He was at the end of his career and he was with Washington.
But he's a guy I wish.
I got to watch Bruce Smith play because from just dominated.
But in those years, Miami had a perennial Pro Bowl left Taco Richmond Webb.
Like every year Richmond Webb went to the problem and they would play because in those years, you didn't swap like you do.
If you were right end, you played right end.
And that was my thoughts.
Always went against the left tackle.
And it was always like the big matchup it was gonna be House Richmond weapon against Bruce Smith Myth one more than he lost.
Let's put it that way.
Web might one day to go to the Hall of Fames like I remember.
Jason Taylor left it ended up in the freaking jets.
E didn't like that.
Yeah, I wanna go back Thio comment that I saw previously while we're having that discussion, uh, Bills D is going up with the halftime changes.
What was that? I thought it was the comment about how big Red Bull Waas e.
I saw that comment.
That one made me laugh.
And then we got another one.
You're saying he's gonna buy you a new E? I want to talk about this one because this is something I've mentioned.
Ah, lot on my show on my podcast on that knows bills.
D isn't keeping up with the halftime changes by the offense, the first two weeks against the Jets and then against the Dolphins, it seemed like it was pretty much just a third quarter issue.
It didn't really hit until after that bad, bad interception call.
Miami went right down the field at the end of the half and score.
You're actually it did happen because that yeah, and the same thing happened against the Jets.
That's sort of a field goal right before halftime.
But with the with the Rams game, it happened later on in the game.
It didn't happen till after the interception, But it does feel like Sean McDermott struggles to make those in game adjustments once the other team makes those in game adjustments that they need to make e.
I mean that that worries me a little bit.
Claims that worry you.
I think that's been probably something, and I think even the offense in the past has struggled with that as well, because those third quarter collapses used to beam or on the offense than they were on the defense.
This year, it's been the opposite case where it's been more.
The defense has been letting in too many points, whereas before I mean pretty much the entirety of last season.
We go into the third quarter in the Bills, lay an egg, and it's just so frustrating to watch.
And you know, he got table given, Frank or, uh, you know, on outside zone play three times in a row, all for negative two yards, things like that.
I mean, and so I think it used to be Table couldn't couldn't kinda, Just to those.
And now maybe it's the defense can't adjust to those things and which is a little surprising from McDermott and Fraser because those guys air really smart and very good schematically.
So it's a little bit surprising to see, and it is kind of worrying to me to see that they're not able to really keep up.
Um, but yeah, I mean, going back to what you know, Kevin was saying to Fitzpatrick played a great game in the second half.
He was slinging the ball all over the place, fitting it in a tight windows.
Even guys that were really covered up, he was able to get it into them.
He was really throwing the ball around all over the place.
Um, and there was the same thing with golf in the Rams.
They were just playing so well.
So for me, it's kind of hard to determine whether or not it's our our defense isn't doing well or the other teams just doing amazing.
So and But when it's been this consistently in the third quarter, you gotta think it's something's gotta give something's up.
Yeah, so real quick because I know you arm or of an excess and those guys than I am.
I'm definitely not the guy to come to when you're talking about X's and O's just from what you've seen.
Is there anything that you think the Bills could do differently to adjust, like, at least just strictly speaking, on the Rams game recently, was there something that you thought that they could have done differently? So I watched through, um, kind of the whole collapse there, the third quarter through the fourth quarter to see what was going on, and it was kind of just a combination of a bunch of little things against the Rams, Really.
It was a missed tackle by Edmonds here.
It was shooting the gap to aggressively for both linebackers.
There it was good blocking by the Rams, where the d lineman or not, you know, not taking up those double teams, and the the the offensive lineman for the Rams could easily get to the second level of seal off the linebackers.
So it was a little things like that, you know, true Davis White.
Matt Milano got caught in the same spot in the field at one point, gave up a big play like that.
It was really just a lot of little things that just kept on piling up and piling up.
You know, maybe that's a confidence thing coming out where it's, you know, the other team starts to drive on you a little bit.
Maybe you lose a little bit of confidence and get over aggressive because I think, you know, there are times when you really see guys kind of flying around with not much, you know, not much direction.
They're just they're going to go.
So I think you know, Miss Tackles is a big one.
Tremaine Edmunds has been missing too many tackles this season.
I've been I've been kind of disappointed with his play because we all expected him to have, you know, a huge breakout year.
It's his third year, and he was looking big in the off season.
So I'm a little disappointed with the way that he's been playing.
So hopefully he takes a step forward.
You know, for the rest of the season here, but they really just need to tighten down everything.
I think it's just play really disciplined, you know, do your job type of football.
So you're you're kind of along the lines of what Brian saying is they're starting to wonder if it's an execution thing with the Bills defense.
Just being behind the eight ball right now, you think is more of that.
And then the scheme thing.
At least it's really hard to tell, though, um, you know, schematically speaking, I know a little bit more about the offense than I do about the defense.
So I guess I wouldn't really be one to to kind of know if if the scheme is not working properly.
But you know when you're playing against a good team, too, you can't be perfection.
And sometimes that's what the Rams did, especially on those run plays when I was watching those offensive lineman just get to the second level.
It was really impressive.
It was really impressive to see how well they did.
Yeah, and I'm gonna switch it over to this kind of shoulder injuries, make you play timid.
That's in reference toe Tremaine Edmunds.
He did have the missed tackle against Jamison Crowder, and then I can't remember if it was a missed tackle or if it was just a yeah, or pretty much just poor defense on his part.
Just in general against Robert was.
But he was the guy who could have made the play on both of their touchdowns.
Um, so that I mean, that was definitely a little concerning for me.
Uh, Kevin, do you think that the where you are? Because obviously, you have a very different perspective, Especially since you already got to see the bills defense against your dolphins.
Did you think that it was just like the bills were not executing? I know that's a little different of a situation since you know, Edmonds and Milano both worn out there.
But what were your thoughts on that? Yeah, like I've seen all the games this year.
Um, it's I think a big majority of it is just poor tackling.
There's too many plays that you guys have had an opportunity to get someone to the ground and hasn't happened.
Um, if you get those tackles that we're not talking about these big gash in place, the other thing that's concerning is how easily, Uh, the Rams were running last last week.
So I think a lot of this stems from your defensive line.
I think again the new pieces, I think it's a I think there is an execution thing, and I think there's a lack of familiarity.
It's the only area on your team that you don't have Ah, bunch of returning starters, especially considering Starla to lays out.
And you've got, you know, new defensive tackles, because what's his name there? Henderson.
Oh my God, He was just There were place where he wasn't being touched 56 yards downfield.
You have too much talent for that to happen.
So it has to be there.
They're missing assignments and the missing tackles.
And you gotta you gotta clean that up.
And Edmunds, he's got a I love Edmonds like if I could pluck one.
You know, Bill from the put on Miami to be Tremaine endings, but he misses Ah, lot of tackles in the whole man.
He's got to clean that up a bit.
He's fantastic and coverage.
I'd love to see them get some more, but I don't know.
He just Maybe he's just wasn't right last week because he's just coming back from injury.
I'm not sure, but he didn't have a very good game last week now, and he really hasn't had the best start to the season.
I mean, it was mentioned already, like a lot of Bills fans thought he was gonna have, like, this extreme break out here, and it just hasn't happened yet. Maybe.
I mean, maybe it is just due to injury, but I gotta be honest.
If the Bills can't stop the run this week, I don't know if the offense e mean office should be able to do really whatever they want against the Raiders.
But this upcoming stretch that the Bills have, it worries me if the Bills can't figure out a way to stop the running game, because if Darryl Henderson is running all over you.
It's like that's a problem.
You gotta be able to figure out how to find those gaps, fill the gaps and just bring him to the ground.
So he's not getting five yards on.
He's Kevin frozen for you to um, Yeah, you click on Day and Josh Jacobs to it.
Currently leading the league in, um, yards after contact with the Raiders.
You got two guys that maybe Kevin.
You froze out for a little bit.
So we missed a lot of that.
It's too bad I can't remember now.
But, uh, e think I'm still a little frozen because you guys air chop anything out? Must be me.
All right, let's Let's take, like, a 32nd break real quick.
Just a quick 32nd break.
See if I'm gonna try unplugging or not unplugging I'm gonna try just reconnecting my my, uh, router.
See if it's on my end.
So we'll give a 32nd break and then we'll come back and keep this going at work.
Sounds good to me.
All right, just pull that up and then we'll be good to go there. We go.
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Kevin is also over the border.
He's up north, so, you know, I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it as well.
But, um, Kevin, do you Do you want to respond to the allegations from blocking that you have dolphins? Internet? I don't even know what that means.
Does it mean it's mediocre? It's destined to be 88 for the last 30 years.
Jeff Fisher, Internet.
Yeah, that is the ultimate mediocre.
Yeah, the Jeff Fisher e gonna dial up some personal wells, but going back to what we're saying before the break is Well, um about the run defense and talking a little bit about Josh Jacobs.
Josh Jacobs has one of the best yards after contact stats so far this season.
Aunt, He's just a beast, his quickness through the hole.
And then, you know, he likes to get through the hole and make a cut, and he's so good at it.
But I really think, um, I'm hoping Tremaine and Milano can do a better job of filling the gaps because they really everyone's tackling needs to be really solid this week.
Andi, He's still gonna get those big runs.
He's gonna get some gas runs on us where he's running 20 plus yards a couple of times.
It's just gonna it's gonna happen.
He's too good of a running back for that not to happen.
So it's really just about limiting those and not getting down on yourself when that does happen.
And then, you know, like I said, you can't you can't stop perfection and he's gonna have those runs.
So it's just about, you know, managing those and making sure that those air to a limited and get into an early lead as well.
I think it's gonna be big keep keep Derek Carr, you know, make him drop back, make him throw the ball and that getting an early lead will definitely help doing that.
Yeah, they don't.
I mean, they they definitely don't want to play from behind.
Here we go, All right.
We got a nice chat from KR Grief.
That's probably, I think that's one of my friends, Zack.
I'm assuming that's who that is.
I appreciate e mean Josh Jacobs.
He worries me a little bit just because he is such a talented running back, like he's him and Darren Waller.
I really the only two guys on the offense currently that actually make me worry because some of the other guys that are talented, our little bank up.
But if he gets going, I think there's a chance that the defense could end up having, you know, showing like they had against the Rams, where they just get tired out because it's long drive after a long drive after a long drive.
Because it's not like the Raiders offense is this quick hitter offense.
We want to get out.
We want to throw the deep ball.
We want to score quick That's not what they do it all.
That's not even what Derek Carr likes to do and Jon Gruden offense.
They are trying to be more methodical.
Work that ball down the field little slowly and but that entire defense out, and eventually you get worn down.
By the fourth quarter, you end up seeing what we saw last week, that that really does worry me this week against the Raiders, even though they are banged up.
You guys gonna crush them.
I get it, you know, but your defense is designed.
You play cover three zone.
It's to keep everything in front of you.
Come up and tackle them, you know, and that's what the Raiders like to do.
They like to go short, short, short, short, short.
So the Raiders game plan is literally to do what your defense is designed to make them here.
It's a horrible matchup.
As long as Jacobs doesn't run.
What's his name? Henderson ran for, like 107 yards, and it didn't really matter a zoo, long as Jacobs can can.
You can hold them to under 200.
You're gonna win like it's it's the only thing that you might be slightly concerning is you've been having some struggles with play action passing if you know they hit Henry rugs over the top.
But Carson, I don't think drugs is playing.
I think drugs is probably I think he is listed as doubtful right now because the hammer that you know what I mean, like cars.
He's so cowardly, he doesn't like to attack down the field.
It's gonna be great for you guys.
I don't even see this being a game.
I think he's gonna be, like 37 37 17.
Yeah, I'm not expecting it to be a very close game, but I can't lie.
I won't lie and say that like, there's nothing that worries me.
I think Brian does have a good point here that maybe maybe the Bills miss Star a little bit more than some fans or some media members thought that they were going to because they don't have that real run stopping defensive tackle at the moment.
Yeah, Brian always has good points.
Yeah, he's a good one.
I really like that.
Point is, well, missing star a little bit.
I think Harrison Phillips hasn't really been that good enough replacement to just kind of be the big guy because someone on that D line needs to take up to blockers.
And if you don't do that, you're run game is really going to suffer and, you know, in your in your pass rush to on pass Rush you want someone there that can.
That can be good enough where it's you say we need to put two guys on him and the Bills.
The line just doesn't really have anyone like that.
So, you know, we've kind of seen the carousel throughout the season of bills bringing in guys a D tackle, trying them out.
You know, we kept a few.
There's been some experimental guys where we throw him in a little bit, Um, and then the next week he's cut and we pull someone else up.
So I just think that that interior defensive line has kind of been struggling when you know when when they run the ball because they're not taken up enough blocks, they're not creating enough havoc up there in the middle, and that's such an important part of run defense.
So I think I think that's something that's the biggest improvement they need to make really, probably is faras the run defense goes, Yeah, yeah, and I think this is a good point by Jess Co.
When our secondary is leading in tackles, you definitely don't want the guys who are in that secondary be leading and tackles, especially against the team that runs the ball really well.
So I mean, I'll be honest.
I haven't looked at the specific stats of who's leading and tackles currently, but if e mean, if, if our corners and our safeties are leading the team in tackles against the Raiders, I think that's gonna be a problem.
My guess would be that's probably Porter at the top right now.
He's been killing season that he's been flying around and hitting people.
I think this is This has been Jordan for his best season so far.
Um, you know, maybe you're not hearing his name quite as much.
Um, but he's there.
He's flying around.
Hey, get to the quarterback.
I think he's already got a sack this season.
Or close to it a little in Game two.
Covering the tight end.
I can't remember.
Yeah, yeah, I'm sure Kevin, I'm sure.
Let's s so I I actually want to get to the next topic, and we have a perfect comment here to kind of bring us into it.
And Jack, Chris says Cam Newton is better than out.
I'm just gonna start just flat out. Say no.
But the reason I wanted to bring this comment up is because we haven't seen this Josh Allen until this year, like we've seen him progress.
And Kevin, when we talked, we talked about how, like, he hasn't been fully where he needs to be yet, But now he's kind of getting there.
You see the progressions he's making, and this year it's just been like a full out boom.
He, instead of taking that next step, he took like a huge giant leap and the question that I want to pose to you guys.
Can Josh Allan keep up what he's doing throughout the entire year? Or is he going to regress? And if he does regress, how much do you think that it's back to where it was before? Like not like fully in the last years, uh, like production.
But how much? If he doesn't keep this production of How much do you think he kind of regresses from his current statistical production? You want to start with? Let's start with you.
I'm actually interested in yours because this is where we start up.
Some controversy last time.
Uh, first off, Daniel Juarez.
He didn't throw for 400 but he did throw for, I think.
What did he throw for 3 93? Just a comments.
But right there.
Cam hasn't thrown.
I think he might have thrown for 400 is.
Actually, I think he did throw for 400 his first game as a rookie, and then I don't think it happened after that, because that was his best passing year, at least yards wise here.
But he did he throw for, like, 3 90 or something against Seahawks.
There a couple of Yeah, Yeah, he had a He had a really good day, at least yards wise, throwing the ball.
As for yeah, I was always impressed because I just waiting to see what a shoulder looked like.
But in regards to Alan, he's not gonna keep this pace up, But that's not a walk on them.
It's just like it's like I don't think Russell Wilson's gonna throw 72 touchdowns, but he's not gonna return to where this.
You could definitely tell this offense that you guys were running.
You got guys running wide open over the field on and here.
Offensive line has been giving him some good time to pass for the most part, and he's better than years past and he just looks very call.
That's the thing I noticed about him Every now and then. He does.
One of his weird bone had things like when he threw the ball out of bounds there the other day.
But for the most part in the pocket, he's calm.
So your guys, you receivers air so good, they're getting wide open.
But it takes a little bit of time, and he's so patient.
He just waits and he doesn't panic.
And then when they're open, he gives him the ball.
So I think the light is definitely going on.
I think that he's not gonna go back to the way he waas and you know he will regress a bit, but that's just natural.
Uh, well, yeah, I think he's definitely he's miles like miles better than he was last year.
Do you wanna do you wanna apologize for angering from those fans and from our podcast earlier this offseason, O.
Was wrong when we talked about where he was at last year, and that's what I mean.
He's light years better this year is.
I mean, that's what he took a huge leap instead of just a step that everybody wanted them to take real quick.
Shout out to Jeffrey Green.
Thank you for the Super Chat.
I think the Bills will win the division.
I think a lot of Bills fans would agree with that.
Um, Clay, your thoughts on Jeffrey's comment real quick.
When the division, I think it's gonna be fairly, well, fairly easy.
It's hard to say when Bill Belichick still around.
I don't ever want to.
Fairly easy when you're facing Bill Belichick.
Doesn't matter who he's got a quarterback.
Um, the the defense.
They had half their defense opt out, and they're still playing pretty pretty well.
So I mean, when when there's Bill Belichick around, it's never gonna be easy.
You know it's hard to win games in the NFL It's with Sean McDermott likes to say every week it's hard to win games in the NFL.
So and I think the Patriots they're gonna come in with with a game plan, that it's not gonna That's gonna be, Ah, blood pressure pills game, I think both games against the Patriots.
Um, you know, I would like it not to be.
I would love for the Bills to blow out the Patriots.
Um, just cause it's something I've never seen in my life before, but I don't think it's I don't think it's gonna happen, but I do think it's gonna be, um, you know, a pretty solid, pretty solid division win for the Bills.
Um, you know, I think the patriots maybe go around 500 maybe a little bit above, but I think they will.
I think they're really Yeah, I do, too.
I think that the Patriots leading into the year, I actually thought that the Patriots were gonna be pretty.
I thought they were gonna be pretty bad, like, six and 10 7 and nine.
I'll say that flat out.
I was wrong about the Patriots.
They're better than I thought they were gonna be on e.
I don't think so.
I think there are 10 windy.
Yeah, I think I think it's gonna be a fight.
E think the Bills will be better, But I do not think it's gonna be a runaway.
I think that the Patriots because Well, because we didn't know how healthy cameras right.
And he looks a lot better than I thought he was going.
He's not necessarily just slinging the ball around all over the place, but they've kind of molded their offense around what he does, and they've shown that they can switch it up when need be.
So it's not like they're gonna be a pass happy offense like the Bills are.
But with his abilities as then, he looks pretty healthy at the moment.
If he stays healthy, I mean, they definitely have the possibility Thio be a pretty potent offense because they have that ability to switch things up.
They still have that secondary.
It's gonna be the best matchup for the year.
Could be Bills receivers versus the Patriots secondary.
And it'll just depend on if they can get toe Allen because if they give them all day like Miami did.
Oh my God, it's gonna be the same thing.
But if they can, I think that's gonna be the best matchup of the whole season.
Like for any team.
That's the matchup my most interested in watching.
That's not Miami related, obviously, but eyes your receivers versus those DVDs and how that goes down.
I think again, I still think you guys will win the division.
But the Patriots, I think, are are going to make a wild card.
Yeah, and let's xgo to this comment real quick to get back on the Alan Talk Devil on Alan.
Both step their game up this year from a BA from him.
I mean, that's huge.
Not just not just Allen getting better, but it does feel like Table is calling, um, or consistent game, because, I mean, I think everybody can agree.
That table has always been a good play designer.
That's kind of how he's always been described as he's an offensive coordinator who knows how to design plays.
But we've seen that he doesn't necessarily always call the game script the way it fits best against the opposing defense.
E feel like this year with what the Bills have.
He doesn't necessarily have to worry about that.
But he's just Guys just seem to always be open with the place that he's drawn up right now.
You can't even see defenders in the in the screen.
It wasn't your I know for your first two, maybe even your first three touchdowns and Alan through.
There was no one around the receiver.
No one was around the Smith.
No one was around, you know, like these guys like they're wide open the past.
The game. Davis.
No one was around him.
I've never seen receivers so open like it's crazy.
I know they're very talented, but some of this the play calling must have something to do with that, like even like the ones like Week one there, where Island missed, uh, knocks in the end zone, just brown in the end zone.
But like those guys were uncovered, it's crazy.
I think tables done a really good job.
You've incorporated some screen game, which he didn't have before.
Andi, that's a new wrinkle.
Um, you still have your elements of quarterback power and stuff like that that you're running, but man like he's running really good concepts out there and I really like his.
Uh, you could tell he focused a lot this year on how toe go against man.
Specifically, I guess.
Because, you know, New England in Miami Run a ton of man and you're over concepts, and you're deep in concepts that you're running this year.
You weren't running those last year.
It was all, you know, on third and short.
It was all slants to be easily and then, you know, bombs toe brown and stuff like that.
The the passing attack was completely different to Yeah, it is.
It's completely different real quick.
Got to go to this one.
Shout out to Jeff King.
Shout out, Jeff King, open up the wallet.
We appreciate you, Um, definitely Buffalo fanatics.
Appreciate you, Jeff King.
He says anything less than winning the division will not be received.
Well, I'm hoping our defense starts to play up to form.
We supposedly upgraded from Lawson.
Let's start seeing it.
I'm gonna I'm gonna give it over to play for this one.
Do you think that like the upgrades? Because I think we upgraded from Lawson, at least in the short term.
Maybe he ends up being, you know, better in the long term.
But what are your thoughts on that comment? More specifically, the upgrade on Lawson.
I mean, Lawson was kind of a road stopping specialists.
You didn't really see him as much in the past.
Um, he would get there every once in a while.
You know, Him and him and Jordan Phillips both were were you know, they were they were around.
But I think, uh, you know, when he didn't really pan out as the past Russia that that we had hoped he would be, He did step up in the run defense.
And I think that has I think that has been an issue because especially, he was really good at maintaining his, uh, you know, maintaining that side, making sure he was forcing people inside, wouldn't wasn't letting people get those outside runs.
He's, you know, he was a pretty big presence for for ah, defensive end there, you know, he was he was a larger guy, played in a little bit of a different system.
So I think Did we upgrade? It's It's hard to say.
It really is hard to say.
because I think our upgrades worm or about the pass rush than they were about the run defense s.
So I think I think maybe we upgraded, but it wasn't in the same category.
So I think we may be upgraded.
And one category and kind of went, Yeah, I kind of went down.
Thank you, Joseph.
Setting the edge.
That was the term I was looking for.
Lost is really good at setting the edge.
Um, and so, you know, maybe maybe we just don't have something like that anymore.
It's It's something that I've not really, um, not really looked at too much is, you know, how are those? How are those loss and house losses, replacements doing and what's going on? That's so different.
But, you know, did we Okay.
What do you think? I mean, what do you think, Kevin? He's on your team now.
So how What have you seen from him this year? So far? Yeah, Indio.
Like like you said. You have thio attempt.
You have to set the expectations.
He Miami brought him in.
I think they pretty much brought him in because of he plays well against Miami.
and last year his showcase game was there.
I was literally just Law.
The lone Wolf and I are our brothers.
I'm telling the best game last year because again, Baltimore, by far his best game.
Miami's always struggled against running mobile quarterbacks, I think, have bringing e think they specifically brought him in to play against the Zone reads and that sort of thing.
But last year, going into the draft, my biggest concern with Buffalo Waas Pass Rush, Where's your premier pass rusher? And you got Mario Addison.
And if the when it comes down to playoff time and you've got to get those stops, I'd rather have Mario Addison than then lost it because getting a guy that finally having a like a premier pass rusher, he's just he's under.
He's underrated and unknown, but he gets like 10 sacks every year, like I think he's in the top five of total sacks over the last four years for the entire NFL top five or top 10 or something like that.
But he's up there like you're right.
He's consistently getting ***.
Yeah, I see that Addison's hurt, but like, you know, you've got to judge the move on like skill sets And before the year.
So I think upgrading uh, your pass rush there is what's needed.
And maybe throughout the year, maybe you bring in you drafted up in esta and F Vanessa is that bigger? You know, to 75 defensive end.
He's like your classic old left end that you would put out there toe like, really anchor against Iran.
So I'm not sure where he's out of this development.
You guys probably know that better than me, but to me, EP Inessa can be that you be ideal, at least from a dimensions and physical standpoint to replace Manny Lawson.
And then you bring you bring Addison in on third downs in passing situations.
Yeah, and he is just thio kind of echo. Scott Blakely.
He is questionable.
He didn't practice today, I believe, downgraded for the last day of practice for the week.
So definitely not something you want to see with Mario Addison.
Hopefully he plays.
Hopefully is good to go because I think he has two sacks on the year already.
Right? Clay, am I right about that? Who's Addison Are Mario Addison? I think he does.
I remember yelling his name a couple of times.
Um, so I think he does.
He's been getting there.
Okay, but yeah, I know.
Uh, Pierre asked a question about FNS as well.
And if, uh if if I think he's been struggling at all, I'm not really sure.
I actually haven't been watching him too much on film just because it's not a name.
So far this season, that has come up a lot.
I think I've been focusing so much on the offense because we're also shocked about how good Josh Allen is.
And this this offense is that I kind of forgot that Hey, we drafted a J F.
Vanessa. I forgot about that.
So I think that's something I definitely wanna look into more.
I know he got his first sack.
Um, you know, it's just kind of chasing down golf.
Wasn't wasn't anything special, really.
But, yeah, we really haven't heard his name too much, So I'm not. I'm not really sure.
I love to take a better look a closer look and see kind of kind of how he's been doing.
I think it's also really early to judge if he's struggling because he's only literally is literally only played two games like he wasn't even active for the first game.
I think he only had, like, 17 snaps in the second game last week.
He had like 24 maybe so, like, it's not like he's been getting a ton of time, so they're just slowly building him up.
And I mean, with what I've seen from him, I'm happier not noticing him as a rookie than really noticing him because he did something bad.
So I haven't noticed anything that he did really poorly, which to me is a positive.
Yeah, I think you could look back at Oliver to, uh, at Oliver did not have a great first half of this season.
Um, last year, it really wasn't until that Cowboys game, when he kind of stepped up and really started to get into the backfield.
Maybe that was, you know, he was in his home state again.
Maybe that got him a little fired up, even a little bit of juice.
But it was kind of a similar thing, whereas, you know, early in the season, it's like I'm not really hearing at Oliver's name that much so Hopefully, it's just kind of a similar thing where he's still just kind of getting acclimated.
Needs to be a little bit, you know, the game moves faster in the NFL than it does in college.
So, um, cheer Houston? Yeah.
So this is actually a little bit behind the scenes because we actually had a pretty lengthy discussion about this in the fanatics chat where some people were saying, like Jared Hughes is going to get his sack.
Some people were saying they're just not going to come like it was It was a pretty big deal.
I can't remember which day it was.
But earlier this week, Jerry Hughes was actually a pretty big topic of discussion.
Kevin, I'm gonna flip this one to you.
What are your thoughts? First on Jerry Hughes, because I don't know if I'd say he hasn't done anything in two years, but I'll leave that.
I'll leave this one up to you to start.
Yeah, so I don't know, man.
Jerry Hughes just isn't a sock.
He's living off of two years in a 10 year career.
The Bills fans always get at me for that, but he's just not that guy.
He's, uh, what he is, is he's a disrupter.
There's a difference between disruption and production, and Jerry Hughes is one of those guys is gonna get a lot of pressures.
He's gonna get a lot of hurries, which is important.
So he's not that he's not doing nothing.
It's just he can't finish.
He's had two years at a 10 where he had 10 sacks, and in those two years he was the fourth best guy on the line.
It's been half a decade since he's had a productive sack season.
Now, to be considered one of the better guys.
Now, I heard, Oh, it's because we put him in.
Rex Ryan's, uh, scheme doesn't fit.
He's covering the guy covers like two snaps a year.
Every time you're in a nickel and dime pockets, he's playing a four man line.
Then they got rid of that scheme.
So the buildings, all this is gonna be the year nothing.
Then it was oh, well, he needs a dynamic pass rusher on the other side of him so that he can clean it up.
Well, then, Lorenzo Alexander gets 11.
5 sacks and he goes to the Pro Bowl.
Nothing from Hughes.
Then it was like, Oh, well, he needs a president the middle.
Then you draft at all over nothing.
At this point, you just gotta understand that.
He's He's a good player.
He seems like a nice guy.
I like his attitude, you know.
But he's not a premier.
He just he isn't when two out of 10 years, that's That's not the norm.
That's the operation.
And that's because Mariel Williams was playing at almost defensive MVP level.
Kyle Williams was destroying teams, and and even Marcel Darius was super productive.
That point that was that What was his name of the old Lions coach? Went on.
It was your defense report later, Jim Schwartz.
Yeah, you guys were especially every time to play Miami, but it was just a slaughter.
But anyways, he's a good player.
But the oddest in is like a 10 sock guy.
He's gonna be the guy that's going to that's gonna finish, and Hughes is probably gonna flush some of them out.
Madison will probably get under the ground.
E think with views with Hughes.
I think Daniel kind of hit the nail on the head here.
The huge gets pressures, but not many sacks.
I think he's a great guy to have on the team and Kevin, I want to disagree with you.
But I can't really about about Jared Hughes because like, he really hasn't had that statistical production, that he had those two years.
But he is constantly winning his pass rush reps.
I think it's right now he's leading the league at 66% or something along those lines, so like he's winning his reps.
But he just doesn't finish and get the sax.
He's the type of guy that if you're lining up, is a defensive end.
You probably want Jerry Hughes on the opposite side of you because he's gonna push the quarterback over to you so that you can get your sack.
What are your thoughts on that? I agree.
I agree with what Kevin said.
For the most part, hell, he's a good disruptor, you know he can get in there and get a hand up and maybe make the quarterback feel a little bit of pressure and that will work against some of the younger guys you know some of those rookies.
Maybe that aren't used.
Thio that pocket collapsing like that.
It's great against those because he'll he'll just kind of disturb them a little bit, maybe throw them off their game.
But, uh, yeah, he doesn't get that many ***, so I think, you know, he's kind of their toe to serve that role.
Of what? I'm going to get the pressure.
Can someone else get the sack for me, please? Or, you know, can can we get someone to tip the ball or something? But yeah, he has kind of struggled with with finishing those on.
I think it's it's probably cause he's not very versatile, is a pass rusher.
He's a speed rusher.
You know, You don't really see him try to use power too much, you know.
He's maybe done it a few times, but he's a speed rusher.
So once you figure out you know what his strength is and how to stop it, I think maybe got maybe guys have done that after his case.
Couple, you know, 10 sacks seasons, they're like, Oh, well, this is how we stop this guy.
So you know when you're a little when you're a little, um, you know, you're not as dynamic a so far as that goes in your skill set.
It kind of limits you as a player, and I think that might be that might be what's going on with use e.
I don't I don't think it's a like a negative to Hughes because he's had a very solid career.
Still, like he's very good for what he does and he's had a couple of really big years and he's been consistent with the type of player is I think, the rest of the time he's been in Buffalo.
I think the issue that we're running into at the moment is that a lot of people are still expecting him to be that 10 sec player.
Yeah, I gotta go.
I gotta address this one comment.
I know which one you're going to.
Okay, so winter thing.
So I was watching football with Rico in his ba*****t, and we talked about this play off of a broadcast angle, and then he takes my comments, finds like the best example he confined, throws it out there on Twitter, and for two friggin days I heard nothing like my phone's.
I I kept having to charge it because everyone kept he puts it out there, and every bill spans just hammering the hammer.
So then I finally see the other angles.
And then, like an idiot, I actually reply to the thread.
But all that does is refresh it.
No one reads to the bottom of 150 on.
I want another two days of getting shot on.
You're gonna You're gonna leave that out when he can't even defend himself on his own show right now, Uh, or like, we get into an argument like, let me see what people say and he throws it out there and, like, put it on Twitter, where every follower you have is a Bills fan.
Hardly an impartial crowd.
It's the right crowd, though, if you ask me.
Well, yeah, I'm going to get a lot of support.
You know, I do think that was a good pass, by the way.
Um, could it couldn't have been better.
Maybe it's hard to say, but it was pretty tight window that he threw through.
And you know he put, he put it where only Davis could get it.
I don't think David should have caught the ball is incredible catch to catch.
But he's made a couple of really good catches now with that one and then his catch on the deep ball on the sidelines like he's had a couple of really nice crabs.
I've been really impressed with him.
I know everybody was like fawning over him in training camp, but he's actually showed up and back that up in the game so far.
Yeah, he looks really good.
Yeah, I agree with that.
So let's let's transition over a little bit.
I want to focus more on the game against the Raiders.
Specifically, obviously, Lee Josh Allen can have a big day against just about any team at this point.
I think that it's possible at least maybe not is going to happen, but it's possible he could have a big statistical day.
I'll go to Clay first.
Who do you think other than Josh Allen is? Prime toe have like that big statistical day against the Raiders on the bill's office? For me, it's Devin Singletary.
We've kind of been waiting all year for him to have that big day.
He hasn't really had You know what? We've what we've expected from him so far.
I think he, you know, he's had some good runs here and there, but I he's not getting fed the ball like we expected him to either, so because Josh is so productive in the past games so far.
But I think this is the game where it's it's time to give him the ball.
It's time to give him a ton of carries this week, especially.
I know Moss is questionable.
He might be back.
Hopefully, he is because I would love to see as many runs as possible this week.
The Raiders defense ranks 30th in the league in yards per carry, given up at 56 So it's it's time.
It's definitely time to give the ball to Singletary and let him do his thing.
Uh, you know, like I said, you got to take advantage of what the Raiders give you, and they don't have a good they don't have a good run defense.
You got to take advantage, give him the ball.
I want to see 20 plus carries, at least for him.
Um, you gotta gotta feed him this week.
You can see the some of the people who are commenting they agree with you.
Also, the Singletary could be that guy.
Kevin, do you think that there's another guy outside of Singletary whose prime toe have that really big day? Other than Singletary, maybe digs like who's their number one corner in, uh, in Oakland? Uh, Damon Arnett, I think. And he's out.
He's questionable or doubtful.
He's unlikely to play pretty much.
I don't even know who they got back there right now.
So, like, Yikes.
You know what I mean? So I think that they should try and get Singletary going, because why not? This is like a practice game for you guys.
So I think get Singletary going, get everything firing up.
But, um, yeah, if there was gonna be someone else.
I don't know who is going to be covering digs over there, but it's not looking good.
No, it is definitely not.
I think almost any of the wide receivers could have a big day against the secondary, so I'm gonna actually propose another guy to you Guys, I think gave Davis is actually prime toe.
We've seen him have a really big catch against your Dolphins.
We saw him have just a couple of nice crabs against the Rams.
Do you think that gave Davis even though it sounds like John Brown is going to play? Do you think that gave Davis Clay could have, Ah, big day against the Raiders, despite I think every single offensive player other than probably Moss is going to play.
I mean, we've been hearing such great things about him since training camp started and how you know he's been doing this, and that has been really impressive.
Even his knowledge, you know, he's been talking at.
He's been coaching up other people on plays and that that was since the very beginning and how well, he knows the playbook and we saw on the fly in the middle of last week's game.
He took over for John Brown because there was, I think, in a couple of those interviews, uh, it was, you know, I think Josh might have been with a guy he was saying, Oh, those, you know, this display that I through to Davis, that was John Brown's play That was John Brown's route.
So, um, I think even, you know, he says, it browns out.
Davis has 100 yards A from in there.
But I think, um, I think even if I think even if Brown is in, he might still be able to have a breakout day like that just because you know he is Brown is coming off of an injury.
You know, maybe they'll kind of put him out there to put him out there because he'll be a threat because he is a guy that you have to watch out for.
If, if you're on a defense and then maybe gave, gave Davis kind of slips in behind there and and has a good game, and based on the scheme that they run, you know, it really just depends on where he lines up, because I think they do have a lot of designed plays where it's easy reads for Josh Allen.
They're gonna isolate one guy with with two receivers, you know, does he take the underneath characters, take the over top guy and gave Davis filled that role for John Brown last week.
So I think it's more about where, Where where they being placed.
So, you know, maybe because John Brown's coming off that injury.
Davis takes that second spot for, you know, for a little more of those reps.
And I think he could have begin because of that thoughts on that Kevin.
Yeah, I think I see one of the comments, Eric, the reason we're going with Gabe is because we think that this is gonna be an easy Well, at least I think it's gonna be an easy for you guys.
So why, Why keep Brown in there? Like, if you guys get up pretty early, get him out, get him out, let my thought and then have gave Davis get those.
Can you find the comments from the King pin there? He's talking about kind of phone Are you looking for? He's looking for the one where he thinks that instead of we're not doing matchup based anymore.
We're just gonna trust Josh Allen, that one there.
All right, let me scroll and find that one.
Okay? About how, instead of we're talking about the running game and he was saying, Well, I thought last game was gonna be that and it turned out not to be, but I just want Yeah, but I think that Pierre, I think last game, what happened was you gave up, like 34 2nd half points.
So your or however many, like, 30 some second half points. So you had 29.
So you had to, like, throw, keep throwing.
I think you're gonna be up early against the Raiders.
I don't think it's gonna be a contest.
So maybe you keep bombing away when you're up by, like, 17 18 points.
Maybe, but maybe this is the game where when it doesn't seem like much of a contest, you get your running game on.
I don't think it's gonna be close.
So that's why I think the running backs have a good shot this this week to shine.
Yeah, there's so there's actually a comment that I wanted Thio go to real quick from chance, this one right here.
So chance said, Where's the old line? Love? A big shuffle.
And they've been solid s so I'm actually gonna disagree with this.
I don't think they were salad.
I thought they were terrible in the second half last week.
Um, like they struggle a lot.
It wasn't just with Aaron Donald either.
Did you? Did you see the same thing? Play? Yeah, I was not.
The first half was very impressed.
First half, it's Oh, my God.
I haven't heard Aaron Donald's name yet.
This is incredible.
How are we doing this? And then the second half, it all fell apart and way had uninjured.
Dawkins got injured at one point that that's not gonna help you out.
But they put Brian Winters in at one point, and I I was, you know, I didn't have a problem with Brian Winters coming in When we when we signed him, I thought, You know, he'll come in and be competitive.
He's solid and he's not the worst.
He's not the worst old lineman ever.
He'll make his place, but he did have some place that I was a little worried about.
To where it's just his lateral movement is not there.
I don't know why they need toe stop.
Then they need to stop putting him in.
Really, I think, because he's just he keeps on giving up these big plays.
It's you just you watch the replay and he's just, you know, It was like a matador out there.
So it's, you know, I want I want to see if they do put him in.
I want to see him play a little bit better than he has been.
Or maybe move on to somebody else and give somebody else a shot over there.
Um, but, you know, the thing is, they have options.
At least they can shuffle around if they want Thio.
And you know, when Dawkins goes down, it's okay.
Well, we got a bunch of guys that can play any position where she Where should we put him? 40 forward.
He could play tackle, he can play guard.
Ty and Sekiyu can throw him around and, you know, some some different positions as well.
Then you got Williams.
It there's this is the deepest old line we've probably ever had, which I think is, you know, um, yeah, the benching of Clinton Spain.
You know, I was it was a little interesting as well.
Um, yeah, I think it seems it was very out of the blue, at least in my perspective, to I did not see that coming until, like, game time showed up and all of a sudden I was like, Oh, quit in Spain isn't playing today.
He's not starting Thio.
What? What's going on? I didn't expect that at all.
Yeah, I think so as well.
Um, I don't know.
This the second half, they just got gashed, though.
It was not pretty to watch.
You know, Aaron Donald had his way, like Aaron Donald does.
Um, and even when e don't think they doubled him enough either, which I was a little disappointed because a lot of times he was just, you know, hat on a hat.
And you can't do that with Aaron Donald.
But I don't think I don't think it's e Don't think it's too much of a problem, Alan.
Alan has the ability to get out, get out of the pocket pretty easily.
You know, we've seen him break countless tackles and get to the outside.
So even if the offensive line is not crazy, the only guy you really gotta watch out for is, uh What's that guy's name there? That that big, tall defensive end on the cross of his neighboring? Yeah. Crosby.
Yeah. I really wanted the bills to take him.
I thought he was gonna be.
I was disappointed when the Bills didn't take him.
I'm gonna flip this over to Kevin real quick because I think that there is an element to the offensive line with as great as Josh Allen has played this year.
I think there's an element to his game where he's always going to put himself in a situation every now and then like not consistently.
But every now and then he'll have himself in a situation where the offensive line didn't break down.
But he kind of forced himself into a place where it looks like they did.
Do you think that as an outside perspective? Do you think that that's partially on Josh also are from what you've seen.
Do you think that's more on the offensive line? I'd say the lines playing better this year than last year.
I'm gonna say Hello, Thio, my man d m three.
I see him in the comments.
Always good to see him.
I hope you got the Lakers game on in the background.
Um, the other thing is gonna say is, Yeah, the lines played better this year, but there is an element, and it's not just Josh Allen.
It's like with any mobile quarterback.
Its's tough sometimes to pass block, because when they move around like they do, it's your backs to them, right? And it's tough, sometimes know where they are and where they're going and to see it, and then you lose the angle or, you know, that sort of thing.
So there is an element to that.
Um, I think the line play could improve, but you ran the ball fairly effectively.
Like your yards per carry has been pretty good in both games, the past protections better.
And I think that Williams at right tackle is eventually gonna pay some dividends.
Uh, Cody Ford was always a guard to me, so I think settling him in somewhere is gonna be good.
But, you know, it zits definite improvement over last year.
But there's still some ways to go.
Yeah, I mean, that makes sense.
So we have a 12.
Sorry, my mom and I have to roll the Lakers in the final, but you're good.
Yes, but there's a lot of fun guys and also ill job out here and leave you in these, uh, capable hands of these two gentlemen and Don't let your bully you.
Let me let me get a go Bills from your real quick before you head out.
Where the shot? Where? The shot.
All right, let's forget.
All right, all right.
So you get alright.
So let's finish this up.
We have about 12 minutes left.
We're gonna go until around about around 10.
30 Eastern time.
I want to get in tow real quick.
Some hot takes some bold predictions.
So that's what I do on my show.
If you haven't listened to my podcast, Nap knows bills.
It drops every single Friday.
And I like to do bold predictions, and I like to do the listeners bold predictions.
So I wasn't able to get to all of them on the show.
There was a ton of responses.
Wasn't able to get to all of them.
I actually have to that I want to get to on this show right here, right now and then If anybody in the comments wants to throw up a bold prediction if we have time, maybe we could get to that too.
I know normally do we do questions at the end, but I want to try and do bold predictions here.
So the two that I have well, start with the first one.
I have it from T, Estelle and T. Estelle says.
Digs goes for 1 50.
Beasley goes for 100 Alan goes for 304 TDs and Davis has two TVs.
Do you think that that's too bold? I see.
I see that Look on your way.
So we got Allen has How many touchdowns for Allen Throes? I don't know if it's throwing for four, throwing for three and running for one, whatever.
But Allen's accounting for four TDs.
Okay, and then ****s has 1 50 a TV.
Davis has two TDs, basically has 100.
Yeah, digs has 150 Beasley has 100 Davis has two TVs.
I could see Davis getting two TDs.
Maybe, um, we haven't really seen him as a red Zone target yet.
I would love to see it.
I want to see him.
You know, I want to see that fade ball on dust.
Let him go get it. He's a big dude.
I think that's one of the reasons they brought him in.
They didn't really have a lot of size at wide receiver.
So, yeah, throw up, throw up a couple balls to him.
They don't have a lead quarterback play over there in Oakland's or Excuse me, Las Vegas.
I'm gonna have to get you to that still e mess up.
San Diego and Los Angeles. Yeah, Yeah.
San Diego Chargers to me. I messed that up.
Yeah, but I mean, 100 yards from Beasley won 50 from digs.
You know, 300 from Josh.
I could see that I could see all that happening.
I don't think that's that's too much of, uh um too much of a stretch.
Really? Uh, the only thing really would be kind of focusing in on those two guys specifically is those.
They're really gonna be half the two guys that are catching most of the passes in that case, which could definitely happen.
You know, we've we've seen Josh make big plays like that.
We know we know it easily could do games like that, and we know ****'s gonna have games like that.
So the two touchdowns, Davis, I think, might be probably the biggest stretch there.
But I still could see it happening.
I think the toughest part is if Alan doesn't go too far over 300 like for this prediction, if Digs gets over 150 easily gets over 100.
If Alan, like Alan, would have to probably get, like 400 for that to be reasonable because he's been spreading the ball around like crazy, he really? Yeah, And there was another one from that would actually make it even easier.
And we got a super chats.
I'm gonna pull that up in a second.
But Brandon Chapman said, Josh throws for 500 yards.
Let me get your thoughts on that real quick.
I would love to see it.
I'd love to see it happened.
I just don't think it's going to.
I think there's gonna be a lot more running in the game plan this week, although I could be wrong.
I said they were going to run the ball against Miami after what the Patriots today to them and they didn't.
They passed, you know, the past, the heck out of the ball and they threw it all over the place against them, so I could definitely be wrong.
I think Table is gonna play his game no matter what, um, 500 yards as a lot that were that xgo I think that at that point, it goes beyond, um, you know, skill because I think he does He have the capability of doing it.
Yeah, but he's got to get, you know, we need to have a little bit of luck.
There's gotta be some crazy, like 80 yard touchdown play or something like that in orderto really Jack, those stats up and we're gonna have to be in a close game.
So that's the reason I think that Really, that's probably unlikely is because I don't think we're gonna be in a close enough game in the second half toward the end of the game, for him to still be having a sling the ball down the field.
I think that's, you know, that's really where I think it kind of gets a little bit fuzzy.
If it's a close game. Yeah, I could absolutely see that happening.
It it's just we're gonna e that's something to play at that point.
Yeah, and I think court.
Cordero Linder actually agrees with you that it's not gonna be a close game.
Buffalo goes for no, and the defense goes back to normal.
I would love to see that.
I think every single Bills fan will be happy about that.
If the if the defense can get back on track, put it all back together.
I don't know how likely it is.
The defense goes fully back to normal, just like that quickly.
E think it's probably gonna be a little bit slower process, but I I mean, I would love to see that.
Do you think that this is likely, or just more like has a chance definitely has a chance.
I likely is always hard to say because we don't know how those guys were thinking.
It's because it's so much of a mental game that you need to get your mind right.
And I think last week against the Rams was a big prove it game for the offense and for Josh Allen, it's you know where it's sure they played the Jets, they played the Dolphins.
They beat both of them easily.
What happens when they go up against a team like the Rams, who a lot of people are saying? Sean McVeigh's return to form, you know, cost return to form. Aaron.
Donald's a beast on, then.
You know you got Jalen Ramsey.
You just got a big contract extension.
So, you know, I think maybe this week, its approval game for the defense.
You're going up against Josh Jacobs, who's been, You know, he's been on an absolute tear since he got drafted, and he's just a complete beast.
So and, you know, can you shut down Darren Waller like the Patriots did last week? I think they should definitely be really heavily studying that Patriots film.
Um, and seeing what what they did to shut the Raiders, to excuse me, to shut their on Waller down specifically.
But I think it it's a big prove it game for the defense this week.
I'd love to see him go back to normal, but, like you said, maybe not completely.
I think, you know, maybe they'll step up a little bit, but it's hard to go, you know, kind of to 100 like that.
I mean, in terms of stopping the Raiders offense, the what I saw with the Patriots is they actually took away the dump off pass from Derek Carr.
So that's something that's an interesting thought.
You don't see teams doing that all the time because a lot of quarterbacks that's not like one of their top reads like Derek Carr likes to go to this dump off pretty quickly.
Eso maybe the Bills focus on doing that.
If they can take that away and take Josh Jacobs away, then I think this score prediction 45 10 has a pretty good chance of happening.
But if if the Bills can't take Josh Jacobs away, if they can't slow him down, then even if the Bills offense is just scoring every single drive, the Raiders air still gonna get some points and they're gonna wear the defense down.
Eventually they're gonna get a new extra touchdown or something.
Like, if this is going to happen, I think the Bills defense would have to go even ****her than back to normal because the running defense was the struggle last year, they would have to really improve on the running defense toe.
I think toe hold the Raiders to just 10 points just because they do have that grind away mentality.
Yeah, I agree with that, Um and I think you know the 10 points I think might be a little low just because it is you can't You can't really stop Josh Jacobs.
I think you know you can't.
You can slow him down, but I don't think you can completely stop him.
And the only way you could take him out of the game is make Derek Carr throw the ball by getting an early lead.
So if they do that, I definitely think that z good possibility that the Raiders don't score as many points.
So I think, you know, that's best case scenario, Really.
But but yeah, I think, um, you know, there's a There's a comment here as well.
Um, Alana did good on Higby, kind of going back to the Waller thing, you know, covering up Waller.
But, um, yeah, I expect to see Milano on probably on wall or a little bit.
Maybe they'll bring in someone, you know, like Haider player down every once in a while cover to cover Waller's Well, just cause he did have that big breakout game and rugs is hurt.
Wall is gonna be the number one target.
You know, him and Renfro both.
They're gonna be getting.
Maybe maybe he's a Jones to.
I mean, this is just wild.
This can't happen.
Yeah, say Jones revenge game.
I think if he gets three catches, that's a good revenge for his age.
Um, because he's not the guy that we wanted him to be when he was coming out, He'll get he'll get a few targets because because rugs us out.
I think they got another wide receiver out as well.
Um, yeah, it's a Jones.
If ST John scores one touchdown, I would be pretty surprised.
Yeah, Same here real quick.
We're gonna go toe one more after this, but I feel like we probably should have mentioned this earlier.
Happy birthday to the kingpin Pierre Shoutout Pierre.
Hopefully you had a great birthday and hopefully your birthday is continuing as the show.
Everyone go wish Pierre King Pierre Kingpin.
So, yeah, Big shout out to him and he's still his last one.
Let's get this last one real quick.
Okay, Bold prediction.
It's a 72 yarder with no time on the clock in the Bills, win 45 17 I mean, logistically.
That's just not gonna happen.
But I saw it, and it made me laugh.
I just couldn't scroll past, you know? So, first of all, he's they're going for a 72 yard or with no time on the clock.
Is this at halftime when it when is there going to be no time on the clock where we're kicking a 72 yard? If we winning 45 to 70? Yes, it does.
Even pregame pregame e could hit one in pregame, actually.
So, oddly enough, I actually just saw this clip going viral this week.
When Lane Kiffin was the coach of the Raiders, he trotted Sebastian Janikowski out there for, like, a 76 yard field goal.
At one point, he missed by a mile, right? He barely even made it to the Golan.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I mean, that's obviously they're not gonna happen.
We're not in Denver yet, either.
You know, 72 yard.
I don't think he drive that unless you're in Denver.
Um and then you know, 45 to 17.
Why you going for 72 yarder? Why is it with with no time on the clock? I love the enthusiasm, though I would love to see Tyler. Basque.
Absolutely, you know, hit up its missile out through the goalpost from 72 yards.
And if for some reason, it is a close game and the Bills have to kick a field goal, a long field goal do not pull a Doug Peterson and pumped it.
Just just go for it.
No ties all about the wind.
And let me get a quick score prediction from your real quick, though, um, I did one of these with, uh, with J.
I think it was I said something like 31 21.
I think you know I got 30.
Yeah. Jacobs is gonna have his way a little bit.
He'll get a touchdown.
You know, he'll he'll have a good drive where, you know he sets up car for a touchdown.
But ultimately, I think the Bills offense is so hot right now and the Raiders defense or not the guys to stop him.
I think there's there's still gonna have the still gonna get the ball down the field pretty easily, and I think it's gonna be pretty solid win again.
Yeah, yeah, I gotta agree with that.
So I think that's probably going to do it.
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Any parting words, Clay.
Uh, not really that I could think of other than go bills nothing.
Another win this week.
It's a perfect way to end it.
Let's get to 40 and go bills your bells.