Thursday, September 27, 2012
Bruschi's Breakdown on Pats-Bills
Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the matchup in "Bruschi's Breakdown." This week's piece, on the Patriots' road game against the Bills on Sunday, is now posted.
Bruschi sees it as a tough spot for New England.
"The Bills are a front-four based scheme under coordinator Dave Wannstedt. It's not too complex," Bruschi says. "They're going to play zone coverage and mix in man-to-man, and let their front four get pressure on the quarterback. They have a pretty good front four, with Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus in the middle, and then Mark Anderson and Mario Williams on the outside, with Chris Kelsay rotating in. That's the 'win or lose' area of this game. ... It's a different defense at home, which makes this a huge test for the Patriots' offensive line."
Meanwhile, when Bruschi looks at how the Bills have built their team, he says it's almost as if they did so with the Patriots in mind.
"It's almost like they've been building for this game. Now you're seeing a team with a couple of years under a new coach and general manager, and you see some promising young players on every level of the defense," he notes. "There are playmakers on every level. And there is some better depth on every level. Now here comes the big test for them."
To read the piece, and Bruschi's prediction, CLICK HERE.