RB Lance Ball - Denver Broncos
|5-9, 220||Born: 6-19-1985||College: Maryland||Drafted: ---|
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Week 3: at Buffalo Bills
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FBG says: Tough matchup. CJ Anderson exploded last week as he routinely gashed the Cowboys defense for chunk plays, including a 28-yard gain early in the game followed by a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Jamaal Charles also looked sharp in backup duty, rushing nine times for 46 yards. The Broncos offensive line as a whole looked great in this game, opening up huge running lanes for Anderson just as they did in Week 1. However, they sustained a huge loss here as rookie left tackle Garrett Bolles was carted off with an ankle injury that could sideline him for multiple weeks. Bolles is replaced by Donald Stephenson, who was one of the worst left tackles in the league last season and a big contributor to why the Broncos averaged only 3.6 yards per carry (T-4th worst).
The Bills defense has played tough against the run this season, allowing the league's third-fewest rushing yards per attempt (2.7). Take that with a grain of salt though, as the Bills faced a bad Jets offensive line in Week 1 and a Panthers team not known for much of a rushing attack at all in Week 2. The Bills do have a talented offensive line though, with Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus clogging up the middle. Shaq Lawson is another impressive piece on that defensive line who was particularly effective last week, making a number of big plays, particularly against the run. With a big hole left in the Broncos line by the absence of Garrett Bolles, this will prove to be a tough matchup for Denver running backs.
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