All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills and the Sack-a-palooza

In celebration of the Buffalo Bills’ protection taking the number-one spot for the 2021 season let’s have a good time with some gloating All-22 evaluation. Listed below are some enjoyable stats to consider. Zach Wilson threw for 87 yards. The Bills protection pushed the Jets again 82 yards through sack. The Bills had extra sacks (9) than Zach Wilson had accomplished passes (seven). I feel it’s clear what the matter is that this week.

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The primary sack of the day didn’t actually appear to be a sack. Zach Wilson throws the ball backwards to Jamison Crowder who…sorta, kinda appears to be like like he may attempt a cross for half a second. Because of that half second, Crowder is a passer and due to this fact this will get logged as a sack.

Not that it issues a lot, it might have simply as simply been logged as a deal with for a loss. The Bills racked up ten of these. Jordan Poyer, who’s working include on the edge is the final participant to purse Crowder and will get the credit score. This was a crew effort to penetrate the backfield and be certain that wherever Crowder was alleged to cross was locked down.

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Boogie Basham will get the credit score on the stat sheet, deservedly. Credit score can be deserved nearly all over the place else on protection. Zack Wilson navigates the pocket and buys loads of time as famous in the GIF. He can’t discover anyplace to go together with the ball.

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The transfer I level out by Mario Addison is an entire physique affair, but it surely’s the shoulders which can be the best to see. Addison fakes like he’ll minimize inside, however modifications route to the exterior. It’s not simply the minimize that makes this work although. The shift in his higher physique means the tried block is a whiff and Addison is round his opponent.

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There’s probably some shared accountability in not figuring out Jordan Poyer as blitzing and getting a block on him. Anybody who had a hand in it failed and Zach Wilson is seeing the turf. Now’s an excellent time to say that Buffalo additionally had ten QB hits. On 20 makes an attempt.

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I’ve spent a variety of time this 12 months speaking about the versatility of the defensive ends. Particularly, the tendency Buffalo has in kicking them inside for passing downs. Versatility is a trait they like for all of their linemen. Right here’s Ed Oliver not solely enjoying finish, however enjoying Huge 9.

Listed below are the three issues I wished to name out on Oliver’s transfer. First, watching his left arm and higher physique, you possibly can see Oliver lean in and primarily uppercut. His opponent’s shoulders flip because of this. Consider Oliver as a gear meshing with one other. He forcefully causes the different “gear” to rotate. The second factor is that this gear motion permits the ensuing spin transfer to be very efficient. The offensive lineman’s physique is nowhere close to the place he must cease Oliver.

The third factor is that this: That’s fairly wild from a deal with.

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Right here’s Mario Addison in Huge 9. Then Huge Different 9. Then Huge Working Loopy Throughout the Area.

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Zach Wilson is sort of taken down by Jerry Hughes. There’s a short second the place he appears to be like like he may throw it left, however Matt Milano is unblocked and affected person sufficient to observe Wilson. Milano hesitates (in a great way) to learn the play, jumps to chop off the passing lane then runs down the quarterback.

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This pocket is decimated almost instantly from all sides. Wilson tries to bail out and make one thing, something occur. Ed Oliver and Jerry Hughes are there to cease him.

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A.J. Epenesa has to work for this, with three Jets gamers getting their arms on him. None of them do a very good job however, extra importantly, Epenesa retains his steadiness and surges ahead.


One fifth of the Buffalo Bills’ season totals for sacks occurred on this recreation. On one hand you may assume that this stage of success on protection shouldn’t be anticipated on the common. On the different hand, the Bills have led the league in pressures just about all season. Whereas they might have some video games/stretches the place the final stress of a sack doesn’t happen that usually, they’ve made a behavior of creating quarterbacks uncomfortable.

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