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Why It Worked | LeSean McCoy’s 21-yard Walk-off Touchdown

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the football defended by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Running back LeSean McCoy, hit a home run in the week 14 game versus the Colts with a play call that has had success this season. That concept is called ‘Duo’.

‘Duo’ is often confused with inside zone because it looks very similar. But instead of the offensive linemen stepping and blocking in the same direction of the play and the center working towards the Mike LB, on ‘duo’ they typically block down, against the play direction, and the center is identifying and working toward the Will or weak side linebacker. Those down blocks are why it is commonly referred to as a gap run with no puller.



 

With 1:38 left in overtime and the Bills faced with a 3rd-and-3 situation, Dennison dialed up ‘duo’.

They send out 12 personnel, but offensive lineman Ryan Groy takes the place of the tight end.

Center Eric Wood has a shaded defensive tackle, so he and Vladimir Ducasse secure the tackle, and Vlad works to the backside linebacker.

According to Richie Incognito, the frontside was set up perfectly as the defensive tackle was in a wide 3 technique, which allowed Richie to widen the hole, Dawkins to overtake the tackle, and then put Richie on a nice track to the inside linebacker.

On the snap you see Richie step with his outside foot and go hip-to-hip to bang the tackle over to Dawkins and then climb to the second level.

Shady presses the line of scrimmage with patience and then hits it en route to the walk off touchdown. This was the icing on the cake for what was a tremendous day on the ground.

Take a look at how the Bills have utilized the concept this season and how it was perfectly executed to give the Bills their 7th win of the season.

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Why it Worked | Tyrod Taylor’s 11 yard touchdown pass to WR Zay Jones

 

 

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CB Tre’Davious White’s Game Clinching Interception vs. the Chiefs

Defensive-minded head coach Sean McDermott put his faith in the defense to seal the game, and rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White put the proverbial nail in the coffin.

 

The highly decorated corner from Louisiana State University, otherwise known as Defensive Back University (DBU), has been targeted 59 times, but has allowed only 29 receptions for 451 yards this season. He has surrendered three touchdowns, but continues to make plays on the ball, racking up two interceptions, and is currently second in the NFL with 10 pass deflections.

On 3rd-and-7 with the ball on the right hash, the Chiefs send out 11 personnel and align them in a 2×2 set. Buffalo counters with a 3-3-5 look, which is three defensive linemen and LB Lorenzo Alexander in a two point stance aligned outside of the guard in a 3 technique and five defensive backs. This look is very deceiving for QB Alex Smith because he is unsure if Alexander is going to rush or drop into coverage like he had several times during the game. On the play before the interception the Bills showed the same look, and Alexander dropped into coverage.

This look was utilized by the Bills a lot under Rex Ryan.

 

Look at it from the All-22 perspective. Prior to the snap, Smith checks the defense and the safeties are in a two high shell. The cornerbacks show a soft cover 2 look, and so do the second level defenders.

 

To the field, the Chiefs run a ‘Smash’ concept, and into the boundary they run a three man route combo. The #1 WR, Hill, runs a deep comeback route, while the #2 receiver, TE Kelce, runs a quick slant. The #3, who is the running back, runs a swing. As a result, they have route concepts that can beat single or two high zone coverages.

The route by Kelce may have been a sight adjustment by the TE, considering the defensive play call. As he clears Milano, Kelce peeks at LB Brown, who is not in a position to make a play. Once LB Alexander rushes, Kelce knows that he is wide open in the hole.

Kelce’s route is open because post-snap, the Bills drop into Cover 3 Buzz, which means that safety Jordan Poyer is filling the underneath zone to put five defenders right around the 1st down marker. This is a core coverage in McDermott’s scheme.

 

But due to the distance that Poyer has to come, Kelce was immediately open and would have easily gained the first down.

Cover 3 Buzz

 

As Smith glances left-to-right he blows by Kelce and instead targets WR Hill, and it isn’t the wrong read. When a defense plays Cover 3, deep comebacks are always chain movers — this has been QB Tyrod Taylor’s money maker over the last two plus seasons. As Smith sees Poyer drop down and Hill’s curl route pivot towards the middle of the field, Smith wants to throw it to the boundary shoulder of Hill so Poyer can’t make a play on it, as he has speed coming downhill.

White plays it perfectly; as the ball is snapped he bails into softer coverage, but then continues his ‘Saban shuffle’ technique. With White playing with outside leverage and shuffling instead of back pedaling, he is able to read the route of the wide receiver while keeping the QB in his line of sight. White is able to see Hill throttle down toward the top of the route. Smith is at the top of his drop and starts his throwing motion; White plants and accelerates to Hill’s boundary shoulder.

 

 

The pass is inaccurate, and White snags it and takes it 63 yards in the other direction. The play by White was another example of players doing their 1/11th. He executed within the structure of the play, and let his technique and mental processing take over, helping Buffalo get their 6th win of the season.

 

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The Arrow for Zay Jones Points Up

Zay Jones, the record setting collegiate receiver from East Carolina, appears to have broken out of the funk that plagued him early this season. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the second-highest graded offensive player for the Bills, right behind Jordan Mills, in the game Thursday versus the Jets. His receiving numbers are still mediocre, registering 16 receptions for 168 yards, including four drops, but he doubled his single game reception output on the big stage.

His concentration and hands appeared to be back in form, as he hauled in 6 receptions for 53 yards and the first touchdown of his NFL career. The diversity in his game was also evident, as he caught three balls outside the numbers for 24 yards and three in the middle of the field for 29 yards, including passes that he had to catch away from his body knowing a big hit was coming.

But was his success due to a reduced role?

Zay only played in 53.3% of the snaps, and with newly acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin now in the fold, it will be interesting to see how Jones’s role will evolve as the season progresses.

 

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Why It Worked | Lesean Mccoy’s 48 yard Touchdown Run vs. the Raiders

The Bills offensive line couldn’t execute this power run any better. Mccoy gets the blocks he needs and makes a house call to seal the Bills win.

 

 

 

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Bills vs. Raiders Highlights

The Buffalo Bills are 5-2, enjoy it.

 

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Deonte Thompson’s Speed Was too Much

The Buccaneers’ defense struggled all day against the speed of WR Deonte Thompson. Thompson gets matched up 1 on 1 with starting cornerback Brent Grimes and he leaves him in the dust. QB Tyrod Taylor drops it in the bucket for a 27 yard gain.

 

 

 

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The Offense Can’t Afford to Miss Opportunities

During their game against the Bengals, the Buffalo Bills’ offense squandered several opportunities to really seize control of the game, even though the defense created several turnovers, thereby creating opportunities for Tyrod Taylor and company.

 

But the offense struggled. The Bengals’ defense is no slouch; they are a top-five unit. The Bengals held an otherwise efficient red zone offense in the Bills to 1/3 for the day.

 

But on this play, the defense didn’t stop the Bills. Rather, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and TE Logan Thomas did. The defensive look was there, the play design was perfect, but Taylor missed his primary throwing window, and Thomas failed to adjust, which eliminated the second throwing window.

 

This offense cannot afford to waste these opportunities, because they won’t have many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover 1 Film Room: Micah Hyde’s INT vs. Falcons

 

The Falcons believed they had the Bills defense on the ropes so they took a deep shot. It’s a very good play call, but the game speed and mental awareness of Hyde leads to a big interception.

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