Buccaneers at Bills: Five game-changing players for Week 7
By Bailey Adams
Considering the performance that the aging Adrian Peterson put up against the Buccaneers last week, LeSean McCoy could be dangerous this Sunday. The 29-year-old is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this season, but he’s still Buffalo’s top rushing threat. He’s also a force as a receiver, with 189 yards on 27 receptions this year. He leads the team in targets and averages seven yards per catch. The Bills might look to Shady quite a bit on Sunday, as they lack top-tier threats at receiver.
The Tampa Bay defense was great against the run early in the year, but looked overmatched in Arizona. Maybe the loss of Kwon Alexander is catching up with the unit, as he has been missing since early in the team’s opening game. If the Bucs can get him back this week, it would be a major plus. But the defense will have to be ready for McCoy regardless. The veteran ran for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns just last year, so he clearly has some left in the tank.
With the inconsistency of Tyrod Taylor and the rest of the offense, the Bills may have to establish the run on Sunday. If they can’t get McCoy going, the Bucs could key in on Taylor and dial up some heavy pressure. But if Shady is at his best and running wild, it could open things up for the Buffalo offense. For better or worse, McCoy could really impact things on Sunday afternoon.