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Bills may be Falcons toughest test to date

1 – Bills may be Falcons toughest test to date
The Atlanta Falcons have soared through their first three games this season to be one of two undefeated teams in the league. They haven’t trailed a single second so far this season. But with Buffalo’s convincing 26-16 win over the Denver Broncos some think the Bills can dethrone the Falcons.

SiriusXM NFL Radio discussed the Week Four matchup.

“The 3-0 Atlanta Falcons fully anticipate a tremendous challenge to remain unbeaten when they face the 2-1 Buffalo Bills at home Sunday. It could very well be their toughest game to date, mainly because Falcons coach Dan Quinn anticipates how hard he sees the Bills playing under first-year coach Sean McDermott,” SiriusXM NFL Radio’s ‘Movin’ the Chains show.

Falcons head coach, Dan Quinn, is just a third-year coach. He certainly has hit the ground running early in his NFL coaching career. He led the Falcons to an NFC championship last season. Quinn and Bills head coach Sean McDermott have a good relationship. It stretches back to 1994 at William & Mary, where Quinn was a coach and McDermott was a safety for the team.

“I’ve known him forever, all through his time in Philly and Carolina and just for years,” Quinn told show hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. “I was so impressed by how hard the defense that he was associated with played… and now you’re really getting to see that transfer into the whole team. And you feel that type of energy from their team all the way through.”

The Bills may be the toughest test thus far for the Falcons, but it will certainly be the toughest test so far for Buffalo as well.

2 – McCoy willing to be decoy if that means winning
A strong running game is what the Buffalo Bills have prided themselves on over the past few seasons. The main source of that success has been running back LeSean McCoy.

The past two weeks have been a struggle for McCoy. He only tallied a total of 30 yards rushing in the games against Carolina and Denver. The numbers are meaningless to McCoy, as long as the Bills keep winning.

“At the end of the day I’ll do whatever it takes for success. I’m willing to be the decoy on offense if that means the team gets a win,” McCoy said.

Though Shady hasn’t found his groove on the ground, he’s been a factor in the passing game. McCoy was the team’s leading receiving in the Carolina game. Last week against Denver he backed it up with seven receptions for 48 yards. McCoy and Tyrod Taylor have found ways to keep the ball moving when the ground game isn’t there.

“We won the game and that’s important… shows the types of players we have on the offense. Tyrod really exploded and took over the game,” McCoy said.

3 – Taylor in elite company early into the season
When you’re just behind Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and ahead of Matthew Stafford, you know you’re doing something right.

According to Pro Football Focus, Tyrod Taylor is the third highest graded quarterback through three weeks. The top four quarterbacks are: Brady (88.8), Brees (88.7), Taylor (85.4), and Stafford (82.4)

Taylor has been a relatively conservative quarterback in his three years in Buffalo. It’s working, because he’s only turned the ball over once this season. 

“Taking care of the football is definitely a big factor in this league. If you look across the league, week to week, takeaways are something big that determines the game,” Taylor said.

He gets what it takes to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. One of the keys is not putting the offense in situations they can’t handle.

“Our big thing is third down conversions. It starts with first and second down for us. We keep it to manageable situations,” Taylor said.

The offense really took a step in the right direction against the Denver Broncos as almost half of their 16 third down opportunities required six yards or less for a first down.

“We’re continuing to grow as an offense,” said Taylor. “We’re going to continue to do that.”

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