Chad Henne can look at the film from the Bills' preseason games, but it is fair to say that he would not have seen very many changes from the basic formation that the Bills displayed in those games. They were keeping the blitz packages under wraps, and because there is no footage of the Bills playing this defense, Henne and the rest of the Dolphins will be forced to ad- lib accordingly.
While Miami has been a run-oriented team with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, the Bills new defense will be looking to do a better job this year of stopping the run. It will be up to the defensive line of Dwan Edwards, Kyle Williams and Marcus Stroud to tie up the Dolphins offensive linemen, giving the linebackers an uncontested lane to blow up the running plays. The Bills defensive line is also being fortified this season with the addition of rookies Alex Carrington and Torell Troup.
The linebackers will need to be playmakers across the line of scrimmage, stuffing the run, putting heat on the quarterback and covering tight ends and backs out of the backfield. Paul Posluszny, Reggie Torbor, Andra Davis, Kawika Mitchell, Chris Kelsay, Aaron Maybin and Chris Ellis will see the lion's share of action this year.
For the Dolphins game, there are some question marks from a health perspective, as Torbor, Mitchell and rookie Antonio Coleman have all missed time in practice this week.
Then we come to one of the Bills' strengths, the defensive secondary. The Bills welcomed back Jairus Byrd to practice this week, and he seems ready to go for Miami. The Bills defense came up with 28 interceptions in 2009, second in the league to Green Bay's 30 picks. The defense picked off passes from Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford to return them for touchdowns in the preseason. They are primed and ready for another big year.
This is not news to Chad Henne, as he was picked off three times last year in Buffalo and finished the game with a 42.5 passer rating, which was much higher than Ricky Williams, who was picked off in his only pass he attempted down in the red zone.