WR Ramses Barden - Buffalo Bills
|6-6, 229||Born: 1-1-1986||College: Cal Poly||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 8: vs New England Patriots
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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Bills blanked the Patriots back in Week Four, and Tyrod Taylor had a solid game in that contest, with 27/39 for 246 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -2 yards (he chipped in 5/28/0 rushing as well).
However, since then the injury bug has bitten the Bills' receiving corps hard - Robert Woods has a foot injury and looks iffy to play in this game, and Marquise Goodwin suffered a concussion in the game last week and is in the NFL concussion protocols as of midweek. LeSean McCoy has a hamstring injury and may not be available due to aggravating that injury last weekend. Taylor may be going into this game with Justin Hunter as his top wide receiver - Hunter has seen seven targets for 4/59/2 receiving so far this year (Yikes!). Walt Powell has handled 15 for 9/73/0 this season and may be forced into the starting lineup. The supporting talent around Taylor is evaporating heading into Week Eight, folks.
The Patriots' pass defense is currently 20th in the NFL averaging 258.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with nine passing scores given out vs. five interceptions and 11 sacks generated (tied for 14th- and 24th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), New England has averaged 20.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-most in the NFL); and 22.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th-least); with 7.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). This is a mediocre pass defense across the board, friends. The Steelers' backup quarterback, Landry Jones, slung 29/47 for 281 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last weekend while facing the Patriots.
Given all the injury attrition that Taylor is facing this week, we rank this a tough matchup for him and his injury-depleted corps of receivers.
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