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Revisiting Buffalo Bills Week 1 predictions and mismatches

Leading up to the Bills game against the Colts, I looked at some potential mismatches and made some predictions. Did any mismatches come to fruition? How many predictions were correct? Let's take a look.

Leading up to the Buffalo Bills Week 1 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, I took a look at some potential mismatches that favored the Bills. Did the Bills take advantage of any of these mismatches? Let's take a look:

Mismatch 1: Bills defensive line vs. Colts offensive line: PUSH

Buffalo's defensive line didn't push around Indianapolis' offensive line like I expected them to. That said, Mario WilliamsKyle WilliamsCorbin Bryant and Jerry Hughes all did pretty well on Sunday. The unit recorded two quarterback hits and four hurries on Andrew Luck. Those numbers aren't particularly strong, but the line did have better success in run defense. The front four played a big part in the Colts only rushing for 64 yards on 17 carries (3.8 YPC).

It wasn't dominant by any means, but it was good enough.

Mismatch 2: Charles Clay vs. anyone the Colts line up against him: PARTIAL SUCCESS

Clay was targeted four times on Sunday and pulled in all four passes for 43 yards. Technically, he was targeted five times but his fifth reception, a catch that went for 14 yards, was negated by a phantom chop block penalty on the tight end. Replays showed that Clay's block wasn't close to being a chop block but referees will make poor calls from time to time. 

Out of 19 attempts, Clay was targeted four times by Taylor. If his fifth reception had counted, Clay would have accounted for 25 percent of Taylor's targets. Not bad at all for a season debut.

Mismatch 3: Robert Woods/Percy Harvin vs. Darius Butler: VERY SUCCESSFUL

The third and final mismatch definitely came into play on Sunday. Harvin led the Bills in receptions (five), yards (79) and he was the only player to record a touchdown in the passing game. Against Butler, Harvin reeled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor:

Woods only saw two targets on Sunday, but he caught them both for 27 yards. In all, the duo caught seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Not bad at all. 

In addition to the mismatches, I also made five predictions. Here's a look at all five and a short blurb on each.

Prediction 1: The Bills will rush for 180+ yards: WRONG

Buffalo's run blocking left a lot to be desired on Sunday so 180 yards or more on the field was not met. That said, Buffalo was able to rush for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 36 attempts (4.1 YPC). That's still a good day at the office.

Prediction 2: Mario Williams will have a multi-sack game: WRONG

Super Mario didn't record any sacks on Sunday. He did finish with two quarterback hits and one hurry, but Jack Mewhort kept Williams in check on Sunday.

Prediction 3: Charles Clay will led the Bills in receiving yards: WRONG

Clay would have finished second on the team if his "chop block" penalty went uncalled. That said, Clay did well in his debut.

Prediction 4: Someone in a new role with record an interception: RIGHT

I specifically listed Ronald Darby and Corey Graham as the likeliest. After Graham was lost to a concussion on the first play, this one wasn't looking good. Luckily, Darby came through with an interception.

Prediction 5: Bills win 31-27: RIGHT and WRONG

I had the Bills winning which was correct, but I overshot the points for both teams on Sunday.

Besides Harvin's matchup and Darby's INT, no other mismatches or predictions really came through. There's always next week...

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