Leonard Fournette adds to Buffalo’s run defense problems

In two recent games, the Buffalo Bills have struggled to stop the run en route to losses. In Week 11, the Indianapolis Colts netted 41 points for the Bills, rushing for 264 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-15 win. Then last week on Monday Night Football, the Bills lost to the New England Patriots on a night when rookie quarterback Mac Jones attempted just three assists as both teams struggled to handle the more than 50 bursts of wind. In that game, New England ran for 222 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown from Damien Harris.

Their struggles to stop the race were exposed early against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Leonard Fournette opens the scoring for Tampa Bay on this 47-yard run. The game is an outdoor race with a pin-and-pull element. The shooters on the game are the guards, left guard Ali Marpet and right guard Alex Cappa. They lead Fournette to the edge while center Ryan Jensen and right tackle Tristan Wirfs perform the “pin” aspects of the game, which are the blocks down to replace the shooting guards.

When Marpet and Cappa get to the edge, they can face off against the two linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, who try to force the race inward. Fournette cuts their blocks inside where he picks up fifth member of the offensive line, Donovan Smith. Smith has climbed to the third level and he clears the safety, sending Fournette gushing for the touchdown.

The Colts, Patriots and now maybe Buccaneers have shown their ability to run against Buffalo in recent weeks. Since the Bills face the Patriots at least once more, they’ll need to sort out these issues sooner rather than later.

For more on how the Patriots faced off against the Bills, you can watch this video:

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