Monday, December 3, 2012

Bills' run defense coming alive over last three weeks


The Buffalo Bills couldn't stop a nosebleed in the first half of the season, but their run defense has stepped up something fierce as of late.

Buffalo is allowing just 2.8 yards a carry over the last three games.

"We have got some guys running downhill and everybody has been in the right spot," Bills coach Chan Gailey said after the Bills beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the team's media site. (photo: Chris Seward, Flickr)

"We have got guys playing the cutback. We have got guys filling the front side hole. Everybody is being a lot more consistent about filling the correct gap. If I had to say there is one thing, that is the one thing. We are playing a lot more physical now than we were a month and a half ago."

Buffalo gave up at least 6.1 yards a carry in five of its first seven games but has held opposing rushing attacks to 3.7 or better in four of its last five.

The Bills held the Miami Dolphins to 2.5 three weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts to 3.0 two weeks ago and the Jacksonville Jaguars to 2.8 last week.

"We just have to keep playing fundamental football, playing our positions and our gaps, not getting out of position and just getting after it and keep pushing," defensive end Mario Williams said.

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