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Poll: Which quarterback should start for the Buffalo Bills?

in Suggestions Section Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:19 am
by panxing18 • 76 Posts

It’s time for the Buffalo Bills to decide on their starting quarterback. With three preseason games in the books Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys , including their “dress rehearsal”, we’ve seen what we need to see. Sean McDermott should call the competition and get the team thinking about facing the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. So who should play under center in that one? Here are the options, their pros and cons.Josh AllenPreseason stats: 24/44 (54.5%), 210 yards (4.8 YPA), 2 TD, 0 INT, 7 sacksThe rookie’s dramatic rise has been the story of Buffalo’s preseason, but Allen fell back to earth on Sunday when the Bengals handed him a reality check. The argument for Allen can be summed up as: he’s clearly the most talented quarterback on the roster, and before long he’ll earn the starting job. Why not now?For two games, Allen played well within and without the structure of the play, and he can make magic that the other passers couldn’t dream of. But his slow processor stood out behind Buffalo’s offensive line and against the talented Bengals defense.Nathan PetermanPreseason stats: 33/41 (80.4%), 431 yards (10.5 YPA), 3 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacksFrom a statistical standpoint, Peterman runs away with the trophy. In three games Buffalo Bills T-Shirt , Peterman’s put up a statline that even beats Jeff Tuel’s infamous rookie preseason.While the other quarterbacks have struggled behind Buffalo’s offensive line, Peterman’s quick trigger and ability to roll out of the pocket have kept the offense moving every time he entered the game. Now in his second year, Peterman looks like he put his rookie year demons behind him, and he’s playing with confidence under center.The downside with starting Peterman is that he doesn’t have enough arm strength to run the full menu of plays Buffalo would like to use. He missed a couple pick-sixes by the skin of his teeth this preseason, and he needs to put his whole body into throws to put any mustard on the football.AJ McCarronPreseason stats: 10/16 (62.5%), 128 yards (8.0 YPA), 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacksIf the plan was to start the most experienced quarterback while holding down the fort for Josh Allen’s development, then McCarron should be the starter. With four accrued seasons and four full games played in 2015, McCarron knows what the NFL requires.Where the situation is hazy is what we’ve seen recently. McCarron had a strong first game with the second string, but played four straight three-and-outs with the starters against the Cleveland Browns, and missed Buffalo’s third preseason game with a shoulder injury. He’ll probably be healthy enough to play in the concluding game, but will he be able to wrest the spot from either Peterman or Allen at this point? Maybe not, unless this was the plan all along.So, who do you think should start when the Bills face the Ravens in week one of the season? Vote in our poll below www.buffalobillsteamonline.com , and share your thoughts in the comments!Five Tennessee Titans to watch against the Buffalo Bills The Buffalo Bills play host to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in yet another matchup that looks daunting for Buffalo. Of the Bills’ first five opponents, only the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) are not above .500 currently. If the Bills are going to pull off an upset victory this Sunday, they will need to control Tennessee’s key players throughout the matchup, something they were unable to do last week when the Green Bay Packers dismantled them at Lambeau Field. The Titans have a solid young core of skill players that will present unique challenges for the Bills’ defense.Here are the five Titans players we’ll be watching this weekend.QB Marcus MariotaThe franchise quarterback in Tennessee has had a better career so far than Jameis Winston, his fellow NFL Draft Class of 2015 alumnus, but Mariota has still had his ups and downs over his three-plus years in the league. He is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing arm that has caused parts of his throwing hand to go numb, which obviously has made throwing the ball more difficult. In his first two outings this year, he combined to complete 21-of-34 passes for only 203 yards and 2 interceptions. Last week, in a 26-23 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mariota went off, completing 30-of-43 passes for 330 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He added 10 rushes for 46 yards and another score on the ground. If Mariota’s ulnar nerve issue is subsiding, or if he is just learning to manage it, he could continue to flourish. In order for the Titans to advance farther than they did last season, Mariota will need to continue to perform like he did last week. If Buffalo wants to upset Tennessee this week www.authenticsbuffalobills.com , they’ll need to make sure that doesn't happen.RB Dion LewisWhile neither Lewis nor bruising tailback Derrick Henry have averaged more than 3.3 yards per carry on the season, it’s Lewis whose talents as a receiver make me the most worried this week. Lewis is a slippery pass-catcher out of the backfield, and he can cause problems for even the most seasoned linebackers. Rookie Tremaine Edmunds will have to combine with second-year man Matt Milano in corralling Lewis whenever the scat-back is on the field. He has caught 18 passes this season on 21 targets, totaling 116 yards receiving in addition to his 143 rushing yards. WR Corey DavisThe big second-year man out of Western Michigan caught his first career touchdown pass last week, a game-winner in overtime against the Eagles. After missing five games during his rookie year due to injury and struggling with inconsistent play, the young Titan is showing why the team drafted him fifth overall in 2017. Davis made 34 catches in his rookie season, totaling 375 yards in the process. In 2018, he already has 22 receptions for 312 yards and 1 touchdown. Tre’Davious White will need to have a solid performance against the 6’3” Davis, one that looks more like his day against Stefon Diggs than his afternoon against Davante Adams. DT Jurrell CaseyThe big defensive tackle leads the Titans in sacks this season with 3, and he already has 19 combined tackles through 4 games. With favorable matchups against all three of Buffalo’s offensive linemen, Casey should be salivating about adding to that sack total. Throw in quarterback Josh Allen’s inability to diagnose blitz packages properly and the Bills could be in for a long day if they don’t contain number 99 on Sunday.KR Darius JenningsThe backup wide receiver only has had two chances to return a kickoff this season, but he converted one of them into a 94-yard touchdown in Tennessee’s 27-20 loss on opening day against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills would be wise to have kicker Stephen Hauschka boot the ball out of the end zone each time he has the opportunity this weekend.

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