Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills: 5 Halftime Adjustments Bills Must Make

James ToljCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Tashard Choice #30 of the Buffalo Bills carries for a gain during their NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills have had a run of bad luck as of late.

The Bills have lost seven straight games, and they will be facing a Denver Broncos team that has been on fire winning seven of their last nine games.

A depleted receiving core and season-ending injury to running back Fred Jackson has made a tough season even tougher for Buffalo. 

A win against the surging Broncos could restore some of the team's confidence.

If the Bills want to stop their losing streak then here are five halftime adjustments that will help lead them to victory.


1. Get C.J. Spiller the Ball

C.J. Spiller's speed is the most dangerous weapon that the Bills have on offense, and he has started off playing well against the Broncos.   

Spiller has big-play ability, and the Bills need to keep feeding him the ball.

He is also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield. Spiller just needs a little room to take a check-down to the house. Get Spiller the ball after halftime, and the Bills can expect good things to happen.

2. Get Steve Johnson Involved

Steve Johnson might have a nagging hamstring injury, but he is the one receiver  who can do damage regardless of who is covering him. 

Johnson has seen Champ Bailey all half, but if the Bills don't get him the ball then Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to have a long afternoon. 

Johnson already has a 55-yard catch, and his ability to beat press coverage could solve the Bills' problems on third-down.

3. Take Away Two Receivers

Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker have been Tim Tebow's favorite targets by far. In the Broncos first drive alone, Thomas caught the only passes Tebow threw.

The Bills should pay extra attention to Thomas and Decker. If they are constantly blanketed then Tebow will have to throw to receivers he isn't very comfortable passing to.

4. Make Tim Tebow Throw

Tim Tebow has improved each week, but he still has completed under 50 percent of his passes on the season. The Bills need to keep Tim Tebow from running the ball (especially in the red zone).

The defensive ends should keep contain on Tebow, and at least one linebacker should remain spying the Denver quarterback throughout the game.  

Other than a touchdown, the Bills have kept Tebow's running game in check by sending edge pressure, but they can expect Tebow to take off after halftime.

5. Stop Willis McGahee

Tim Tebow isn't the only runner that the Bills will have to worry about. The Broncos have already given the Bills a heavy dose of Willis McGahee and Lance Ball. The Bills can't let the Broncos manhandle them. They need to move the safeties up in the box if need be.

If the Bills don't make an adjustment against the Broncos running game then Denver won't stop giving Ball and McGahee the rock.