On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns’ take on the Buffalo Bills. To help preview a few topics from the Bills’ perspective, we reached out to Corey Giacovelli from Buffalo Rumblings and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!
Chris: “The Bills are 6-2 with their wins coming against the Jets, Giants, Bengals, Titans, Dolphins, and Redskins. I always give teams credit for beating the teams they are supposed to beat, because I think it is an overlooked aspect of being a good team. Take Cleveland, for example -- the Titans and Broncos games were supposed to be “easy” wins for Cleveland, and both resulted in losses. With that said, since the Bills haven’t faced stiffed competition, do you have a pulse on what type of team they are right now, compared to the more veteran playoff contenders?”
Corey: “We (Buffalo Rumblings) have come to the conclusion that we are a good football team right now taking advantage of the schedule. We fight hard and are not pushovers like we have been in the past. Our offense is okay and our defense is great but recently the run D has been shaky so that’s why we are staying humble with this team. The plus side is that we still haven’t seen the Bills play their best football. If they can get everything clicking in time for December then this can be a dangerous team. This team can be great but there are still areas to improve on as Buffalo has tough games against the Ravens, Patriots, and Cowboys in the future that can give a clear indication on what kind of team they are.”
Chris: “Josh Allen has now gone three straight games without throwing an interception. What parts of Allen’s game has he still struggled with, now in year two?”
Corey: “Ball security...ball security...and for the love of god ball security. Allen has been playing a lot smarter since the Patriots game but for whatever reason he is still having trouble hanging onto the football. Against the Eagles everything changed when he fumbled it deep in their own territory then last week against Washington, he fumbled again but luckily it was recovered. Allen has been getting smarter about sliding when he runs but whenever he takes a hit there is a fear that the ball may pop out.”
Chris: “What is the strength and weakness of the Bills’ defense?”
Corey: “The strength of the defense is the passing game with Poyer, Hyde, and White controlling the secondary. They make it hard for quarterbacks to push the ball vertically down the field and when this team can force third and longs they are one of the best at getting off of the field. The weakness that has been exposed the past couple of weeks is the rushing defense. The Eagles bullied us at the line of scrimmage and Adrian Peterson has 100 yards before halftime last week. The concern in the running game has also made this defense vulnerable to the screen game. Now in the second half against Washington, they held Peterson to less than 10 rushing yards so hopefully it is a positive sign of things to come.”
Chris: “Ed Oliver was the No. 9 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Tell us about how the first-year rookie has performed and what type of playing time he’s getting.”
Corey: “He has performed well but there is a ways for him to go. There has been a lot of times where he has been close to making a big play but just a half second late. Also in the run defense, there has been times where he has failed to stay in position. Ed is getting a lot of playing time so he is improving on the fly but I believe that he is getting better and better each week and it is a matter of time before he breaks through. He is a fast athletic kid who plays hard and gives 100 percent on each and every play he is in there. The stats will come, we just have to be patient.”
Chris: “Tell us about one player on offense and one player on defense who Browns fans might not be familiar with, but who could make a nice contribution for this week’s game.”
Corey: “On offense I will defer it more so to returner Andre Roberts who has seen some snaps on offense as well the past couple weeks. Roberts can be a game changer in the return game with his speed. He has a big return last week against the Redskins that set the Bills up with great field position. He can also be a vertical threat in the passing game so the Browns need to make sure that they can contain him.
With the defense, Buffalo needs corner Levi Wallace to step up. With Tre’Davious White occupied by Beckham most of the game, it will be up to Wallace to contain Landry. Wallace has shown that he is more than capable of being a great corner in this league but there has also been times where he has had bad games giving up big plays down the sideline. If Wallace can have a good game on Sunday, it will be hard for Baker to move the ball in the passing game with his two big time receivers.”
Thanks again to Corey for taking the time to answer my questions.