The Buffalo Bills have confused the hell out of me during the first 10 weeks of the NFL season. At times, Josh Allen looks like vintage Tom Brady and the Bills seem like surefire Super Bowl contenders. In other games, the Bills look like they are the same Bills of the last two decades and there is no real hope for them. Nonetheless, the Bills are 7-2, they’re cruising in the AFC and it seems all but guaranteed that the Patriots will not be winning the AFC East.
The Arizona Cardinals have some of the same attributes that I listed above about the Bills. One week they are an offensive juggernaut, the defense is top notch and the Kliff Kingsbury experiment is working. In other weeks, they are making costly errors on offense, the defense is giving 30 plus to the Dolphins and they are the same old Cards. But nonetheless, the Cards are 5-3 and in second place in the NFC West, the toughest division in the NFL.
What do these two teams also have in common? They have both beaten the Seattle Seahawks. They are the only two teams to do that this year actually. The Bills are coming off a crushing of Seattle in which they put up 44 points and forced Russell Wilson to turn the ball over four times. Yet, their defense still allowed 34 points and they won by 10. The Cardinals made an epic comeback against Seattle and won in the last few minutes at home against the Hawks.
The biggest stories from both of these squads has been the quarterback play. In his second season, Kyler Murray is taking that step that I thought he would. He will soon join the ranks of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and (may I dare say it) Josh Allen as guys who will be perennial MVP candidates and young quarterbacks stars in the league. Allen is in his third season and a performance like last season shows exactly what makes him so special.
Bills Players to Watch For:
Buffalo Bills, Tremaine Edwards, Linebacker: One of the best ways to stop Kyler Murray is to keep him contained. That could very well be Treamiane Edwards’ job on Sunday afternoon. Some teams have had success against Murray when their DB’s are providing excellent coverage and they can contain Murray to the pocket. If Edwards acts a QB spy and mirrors Murray, expect him to want to run less and throw more. He’s prone to turnovers and tipped balls.
Cardinals Players to Watch For:
Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Peterson, Cornerback: Peterson has a podcast where he discusses football, life, etc. This week he specifically delved into how the Cards can win and the big thing he said was stopping the run and confusing Josh Allen in the passing game. Peterson has to face off against Stefon Diggs who is having a career year away from Minnesota. While stopping the run is important, so is shutting down their top receiver.
The Cards are getting two points here, I’m a bit surprised, but I’ll take advantage of a ML situation here.
Bills 28 Cardinals 24
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com