Published: Mon, September 26, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Distractions dominate Bills in preparing to host Cardinals

Distractions dominate Bills in preparing to host Cardinals

The Buffalo bills host the Arizona cardinals in Week 3 of the National Football League schedule on Sunday, kick off time at 1:00 PM ET at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Cardinals are coming off the 40-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Bills try to rebound from their 37-31 loss against the New York Jets.

Stopped for three-and-outs on each of their first five possessions - and gaining a net of only 2 yards over that stretch - the Cardinals dug themselves too deep of a hole against the Bills' defense to recover in Sunday's game. The Cardinals had the ball at the end of the half and marched down the field. They didn't bring him in to stay in and block all the time.

With all these new pieces in place the Bills would be much more well off going into the 2017-2018 season.

Through the airs, with limited assets, the Cardinals shut down the Bills, allowing only 119 yards passing and intercepting Taylor once.

Mathis, who won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos last season, signed a 1-year, $6 million deal with the Cardinals in March.

Offensively, the Cardinals are averaging 30.5 points and 380.0 total yards (283.5 passing and 96.5 rushing) per game.

BILLS S Nickell Robey-Coleman provided defense with lone highlight in Week 2 - a 36-yard fumble recovery for a TD. The Bills defense has had 3 3 and outs on the first 3 series of the game for Arizona. Carson Palmer could do the same.

Bills safety Aaron Williams gave his team a 30-7 in the third quarter after returning a botched field goal attempt 53 yards for a touchdown.

Bills coach Rex Ryan said Watkins' chances of playing are "probably not real good" Friday.

What will help that is guys like Mike Iupati opening up running lanes for the Cardinals running backs. The way the defense had shut down Palmer, who threw four interceptions, he needed to guide the train into the station.

Both the Cardinals and the Bills looked reliant and dominant on the ground game.

Use Chris Johnson: Not only should the Cardinals lean on their young stud in David Johnson, they need to get carries to the veteran Chris Johnson. Marshall was a game-time decision because of a slight knee sprain but looked good warming up before kickoff.

Not only is Watkins out, Greg Salas is down as well, so the Bills are down to Marquise Goodwin as the starter opposite Robert Woods, with Walter Powell in at No. 3. Arizona, however, didn't challenge the play before Buffalo's LeSean McCoy took a handoff for a 24-yard touchdown. "The score doesn't indicate, I don't think, how poorly we played offensively".

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